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News & Events

New GERTI Director Announced

Posted: Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:25pm

GERTI is pleased to announce that Belinda Vierthaler has accepted the GERTI Director position. Belinda received her bachelors and masters degrees in social work from the University of Kansas. In 2001, she began her career in senior living as an assisted living operator. It was during this time that she solidified her passion to ensure residents are the center of everything we do. She also has served as a nursing home administrator and executive director. She was appointed as Kansas State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in 2009 by Governor Mark Parkinson. Her advocacy continues as she instructs future assisted living operators and nursing home administrators at Johnson County Community College.

KSHB Channel 41 News Interviews interim CEO, Chris Osborn

Posted: Tue, 02/09/2016 - 8:47am

KSHB Channel 41 News visited Evergreen Community and interviewed Chris Osborn, interim CEO, and Ruth Martinez, family member of an Evergreen resident, about the KanCare application delay for funding. To learn more, click on the picture below.


Evergreen Receives 2015 PEAK Award

Posted: Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:11pm

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.