Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ (KDADS) Secretary on Aging, Kari Bruffett, presented the PEAK Award to Evergreen Community of Johnson County.Mrs. Bruffett was at ECOJC on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 for a reception at 9:30am where she recognized and presented the plaque for winning the PEAK award.
For the past thirteen years, KDADS (formerly Kansas Department on Aging) has been recognizing nursing homes for successfully implementing culture change through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes program commonly known as PEAK. Although the phrase “culture change” may have different meanings, in healthcare the term refers to the change from an institutional, medical model of care, to a home atmosphere where individual care and services are provided.
Evergreen Community of Johnson County is one of only four homes in Kansas being recognized as achieving the Sustaining Person-Centered Care Home category through the PEAK 2.0 program (221 homes applied for recognition). This in turn has propelled Evergreen to the highest tier of recognition: Person Centered Care Mentor. Evergreen has been recognized through the PEAK program multiple times in previous years.