Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2001

State lifts ban on admissions at Leavenworth County home

May 16, 2001

The state has lifted a ban on admissions at the Leavenworth County Infirmary.

The nursing home, which is owned and operated by the county, could not admit new patients for about six weeks, under an order by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The ban cited problems at the infirmary, as well as with the infirmary's administration and the county commission.

In reaction to those problems, Leavenworth County commissioners hired a trouble-shooter to ensure the infirmary is properly caring for its 37 residents.

According to information from the state, a follow-up inspection at the infirmary, 1830 S. Broadway, showed that problems have been corrected.

The state ordered the admissions ban because of concerns for residents' health. A state report cited two problems that were detected during nine visits to the infirmary between Feb. 19 and March 5: verbal abuse of a patient and pressure sores on residents' skin.

In addition, KDHE cited the previous administrator of the nursing home and the Leavenworth County Commission for not better ensuring the infirmary adhered to standards.

K.J. Langlais began work as infirmary administrator on March 20 the day before the ban took effect. She's working under a three-month contract that's renewable.

County Commissioner Bob Adams said this week that he's pleased with the progress made at the nursing home.

"I foresee and this is just one commissioner talking that we might want to negotiate more time with her," Adams said of Langlais. "It might take a month or two. I think she can have everything in order that needs to be addressed by that time. I think the machine will be well-oiled and rolling right along by that time. It is doing quite well right now. It's something I'm very proud of."

Adams said that in March the commission was faced with a choice.

"We either had to close it or take the steps necessary to keep it open," he said. "We took exactly the right steps. We didn't blunder this one."

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