KMH to Receive Member of the Year Award

TOPEKA – LeadingAge Kansas will honor KMH with the very first Member of the Award for their work on transforming their culture, physical building and setting the organization on a course for success in their future. The award will be presented as part of the Association’s Quality First Awards of Excellence program during their Policy and Leadership Conference on September 27, 2016 in Junction City, KS.

KMH has gone through a $22 million-dollar expansion and renovation that was recently completed. The transformation of KMH includes campus-wide renovations, expansions in care levels, the implementation of cutting-edge medical and wellness programs (including Behavioral Based Ergonomic Therapies). This transformation also incorporates the innovative overall culture-change with the addition of Households for Assisted Living, Assisted Living Memory Care, Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation, Long-term Care, and Long-term Memory Care.

According to the nomination, “The team has changed the way KMH residents receive care, live and thrive by making the cultural and physical plant shift and fully embracing the idea of person-centered care. The change has had a dramatic impact on the demeanor of staff and the contentment of residents, which can be witnessed when visiting the community. One staff member said that the freedom that the change gave her in caring for residents- people who have become like family- felt like a new job altogether. This change has empowered staff and residents alike to live their best life. 

The Member of the Year Award is presented to a LeadingAge Kansas member who has implemented one of the following: new innovative programs, demonstrates employer/HR best practices, demonstrates community involvement, excellence in social media/marketing or any other outstanding service provided. Nominees must demonstrate their commitment to quality of life for those they serve and social accountability to the community. Members must demonstrate that care and services are implemented and provided to elders with their wants and desires in mind.

“KMH is a shining example of our nonprofit imperative of serving seniors in a place they call home”, states Debra Zehr, LeadingAge Kansas president and CEO. “We are thrilled to honor them with this new award and be part of their continuous transformation.”

The LeadingAge Kansas Quality First Awards of Excellence has honored outstanding volunteers, caregivers and innovative aging services providers for 26 years through a partnership with Central National Bank.