KDADS Presents Medicalodges of Columbus with PEAK 2.0 Award

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2017

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Angela de Rocha
Director of Communications
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Codi Thurness presented a Columbus adult care facility with an achievement award Monday. Medicalodges of Columbus received a Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK) award for providing person-centered care for its residents.

“I am here today to acknowledge Medicalodges of Columbus’ ongoing commitment to person-centered care and to providing a strong sense of community to the residents of this facility,” Commissioner Thurness said. “In addition, Medicalodges of Columbus has been cited for being a Mentor Home that has assisted other facilities in their implementation of the PEAK practices and principles.”

“Medicalodges of Columbus has consistently demonstrated PEAK values by providing personalized and quality care to elder Kansans in a homelike setting that gives them more control over their daily lives,” Commissioner Thurness said. “I want to congratulate administrator Amy Higgin and the Medicalodges of Columbus staff for their achievement.”

KDADS oversees the PEAK Nursing Homes Initiative. PEAK 2.0 awards are issued annually to homes that accomplish significant improvements toward person-centered care in the targeted areas of resident choice, staff empowerment, home environment and meaningful life. Person-centered nursing homes have moved away from the institutional model of nursing home care and toward a more home-like environment in which residents have a say in their day-to-day lives.

Beginning in 2012, PEAK expanded from a recognition program to a pay-for-performance Medicaid program.  This was part of KDADS’ strategy to speed up the rate of adoption of person-centered care practices in Kansas nursing homes. The program had an overwhelming response, with 125 homes enrolling in PEAK 2.0 the first year.

“We have more than 350 adult care homes in Kansas, and more than 200 of them participate in the PEAK 2.0 program,” Commissioner Thurness said.

“The PEAK award is special recognition given to adult care facilities like Medicalodges of Columbus that go above and beyond to provide the best medical care as well as the best emotional care in the industry to their residents,” Commissioner Thurness said.

Medicalodges of Columbus is located at 101 N. Lee Avenue in Columbus.