Administrator Peter Kautz, Medicalodges Pittsburg
Peter is dedicated to culture change and providing the best possible care for his residents. He led Medicalodges Pittsburg to the 2013 Bronze National Quality Award.
Activity Director Karen Nachtigal, Medicalodges Wichita
This is Karen’s first job in LTC, and she has already made quite the impact. Karen brings a fresh perspective on activities and a desire to connect with her residents.
Support Staff Angie Burgoon, Medicalodges, Inc.
Angie has been with Medicalodges for 22 years. She is a mentor and enjoys nothing more than instilling in others the high quality of care she delivers.
Social Worker Christine Jordan, Medicalodges Eudora
Christine is a person who is so passionate about care that it is contagious and rubs off on other employees. She is a strong advocate for resident’s rights and very involved in the life of the residents.
Volunteer Jocelyn Turner Medicalodges Jackson Co.
Jocelyn has said “coming here to spend time with the residents is more important than a job.” It must run in the family. Jocelyn’s daughter, Maggie, volunteers with her.
Angie has been with Medicalodges for 22 years. She is a mentor and enjoys nothing more than instilling in others the high quality of care she delivers.]]>
Medicalodges Coffeyville, Medicalodges Fort Scott, Medicalodges Leavenworth, Medicalodges Herington, and Medicalodges Pittsburg celebrate their 2013 Bronze Awards at the AHCA/NCAL conference in Phoenix, AZ.
The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is the nation’s largest association of long term and post-acute care providers, and advocates for quality care and services for frail, elderly, and disabled Americans.
AHCA’s members provide essential care to approximately one million individuals in 12,000 not-for-profit and proprietary member facilities across America. AHCA represents the long- term care community to the nation – to government, business leaders, and the general public. They serve as a force for change by providing information, education, and administrative tools to enhance quality at every level.
Early in 2012, a Quality Initiative was developed through AHCA in an effort to build upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care fields by setting specific, measurable targets to further improve the quality of care in America’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities. AHCA/NCAL members are encouraged to reach defined, concrete goals over the next three years, in four core areas:
Medicalodges Goddard, a member of AHCA/NCAL, is proud to have achieved all four Quality Initiative goals. “Meeting the goals is not just something we have implemented in the facility simply to meet the goals of the initiative, it is the standard we have set for ourselves in all 32 Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities company-wide. We are continuing on a journey to live by our Mission Statement: We serve and enhance the lives of others with caring hands. We are proud to say this is a commitment we have made to our elders and to each person for whom we provide care and services at Medicalodges, Inc.,” said Amanda Cotton, Regional Director of Community Relations.
“Improving the overall health of the individual during their stay with us is the main focus, therefore the importance of meeting these Quality Initiative goals are far reaching. Simply by meeting the goal of reducing hospital readmissions we can decrease the exacerbation of symptoms for people with dementia, decrease health care-acquired illnesses which will result in decreased opportunity for skin breakdown, and injury or harm from transfers, as well as eliminating lengthy hospital stays,” said Dedra Callins, Director of Nursing at Medicalodges Goddard.
All across the country, skilled nursing centers, and assisted living communities are providing extraordinary care to millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities. Medicalodges Goddard is excited to be a leader in this Quality Initiative effort, proud to share their accomplishments, and to be in a position to provide exceptional care for those we serve. For more information on AHCA/NCAL or the Quality Initiative Program, visit www.ahcancal.org or call Amanda Cotton at 316-253-6785.]]>
Medicalodges, Inc. is pleased to announce that five of our facilities will receive the Bronze Commitment to Quality award for 2013. The award presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), highlights facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to implementing a rigorous quality improvement program. There were 10 Bronze -Commitment to Quality Award winners in the state of Kansas in 2013, with Medicalodges facilities receiving five of them. Representatives of the facilities will receive the awards in ceremonies to be held at the American Health Care Association Annual Conference later this year in Phoenix, AZ.
“This just demonstrates what we already knew, that we provide outstanding care to our residents. Please join me in congratulating these facilities and their employees for all of their hard work and dedication to our profession,” said Garen Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medicalodges, Inc. Those achieving this distinction for 2013 are Medicalodges Pittsburg, Medicalodges Coffeyville, Medicalodges Fort Scott, Medicalodges Herington, and Medicalodges Leavenworth.
Previous recipients are Medicalodges Arkansas City, Medicalodges Atchison, Atchison Gran Villas, Medicalodges Butler, Medicalodges Columbus, Medicalodges Douglass, Medicalodges Jackson County, Medicalodges Kansas City, Medicalodges Kinsley, Medicalodges Wichita, and Medicalodges Paola. Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.
AHCA/NCAL is pleased to announce the 359 National recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. This is the first step to the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award journey recognizing that a provider has developed a foundation to begin a journey of continuous quality improvement. “Our ability to provide demonstrated quality services is the single most important issue in our success now and in the future. Most of all, it defines who we are and how we feel about our company” said Fred Benjamin, Chief Operating Officer of Medicalodges, Inc. He continued, “As the saying goes: Quality is not a destination, it is a journey, and we are well on our way. Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations go to all of our dedicated employee owners.”
Medicalodges, Inc., headquartered in Coffeyville, Kansas celebrated its 50 year Anniversary in 2011. It provides skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, home care and services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. America’s first employee-owned healthcare company, Medicalodges employs over 2300 people in 32 locations.]]>
It is my distinct pleasure and privilege to inform the entire Medicalodges’ family that our very own, Helen Cherry, RVP, Special Services, leader of New Hope Services, has been recognized by the American Health Care Association as the 2013 National DD/ID Hero of the Year!
Helen will receive the award at the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) 64th Annual Convention and Exposition in Phoenix, AZ, on October 7-10, 2013.
Many people are nominated for this special award each year, with nominees qualifications reviewed by a blue ribbon panel with the most outstanding of an already terrific group chosen as the winner. It is a very special achievement for Helen and another recognition of Medicalodges’ programs for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled. This is in addition to the numerous awards received by New Hope Services nationally recognized Special Olympics program. Per the criteria for the award, “The Honoree shall be a person who has shown commitment, dedication and compassion in serving people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families.”
Following is an excerpt from the nomination form submitted by Medicalodges and Kansas Health Care Association staff that clearly illustrates why Helen has been recognized for this very special award.
Helen Cherry leads others in every aspect of her life. She believes that being a leader means being a role model. She is a leader in her job, in her volunteering and in her daily life. She is leading the fight for equal rights for people with developmental disabilities. Helen is the Vice President of Special Programs for Medicalodges Inc. and the Agency Director for New Hope Services in Pittsburg, Kansas. New Hope assists people with Developmental Disabilities in the community to live as independently, as possible. Helen exemplifies the quality of an outstanding, dedicated leader, whose personal integrity and commitment is rarely seen in an individual. Helen’s giving spirit and positive “can do” attitude radiates and motivates her consumers to face each and every challenge in their life with determination and a brave heart. Helen Cherry inspires greatness and possesses that unique style of mentorship that can shape a consumer’s dreams into reality.
As originally prepared by her colleague, John Lair.
Thanks, John. No one could say it any better. Please help me in congratulating Helen Cherry, the American Health Care Association’s 2013 ID/DD Hero of the Year.]]>
Medicalodges has a rich history of care to our customers, residents, clients, and consumers. We were established over 50 years ago, and since then we have positioned our operations to continue providing quality care and services to our clientele.
Medicalodges presently owns and operates 24 skilled nursing facilities, three assisted living facilities, residential care facilities (res care), two facilities for the developmentally disabled, and various home and community-based services with approximately 2,000 employees in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. These operations make Medicalodges one of the 50 largest nursing home companies operating in the United States. Medicalodges was also the first 100% employee owned long-term care businesses in America (1998).
Being a 100% employee owned operation gives our employees the ability to enhance their retirement income or establish a “nest egg.” Further, it gives us the incentive of providing quality care. Medicalodges is proud to include in this website information concerning the recognition we have received by our communities and our state and national associations that demonstrate the commitment we have made to provide QUALITY CARE to our customers.
All of our facilities welcome visits from potential residents, clients, and their family members or guardians. Please feel free to contact our administrators or managers for a tour.
We appreciate everyone’s support and we look forward to another 50 years of successful operations!
President and CEO