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Archive for Monday, January 27, 1992

S CHEROKEE LODGE

January 27, 1992

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has lifted a ban on admissions at Cherokee Lodge Adult Care Home in Oskaloosa, according to a KDHE spokesman.

Greg Crawford, public relations officer, said inspectors determined that the care home has corrected several violations of nursing home regulations. The department lifted the ban on Jan. 17. He said that even though officials still are completing paperwork, the center is free to admit new residents.

"Everything's back in compliance," he said.

KDHE ISSUED the order banning admissions at the care home Aug. 14 after inspectors discovered a number of deficiencies and violations during a visit to the lodge July 8 through 12. A correction order was issued to the center and to Greenwood Care Centers, the Overland Park company that owns Cherokee Lodge, to solve problems with nursing services, pharmacy services and infection control.

After completing a follow-up survey on Aug. 19 and 20, KDHE officials determined the care home still was violating nursing home regulations. The department issued a civil penalty of $1,300, which was paid.

Kathy Wilcox, who was hired to replace Doug Umberger as administrator at the care home in early November, said inspectors gave the lodge thumbs up during a September survey. However, KDHE policy required the center to undergo another thorough inspection before lifting the ban on admissions. Officials returned to Cherokee Lodge during the week of Dec. 16, and determined it was complying with regulations, she said.

WILCOX SAID inspectors commented that the quality of care received by residents was excellent, but found violations in documentation and policies. The staff now undergo more intense training and are tested on their competency following in-service programs, she said.

"During this time the families and residents were very supportive," Wilcox said. "We couldn't have pulled through this without their support."

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