KHI News Service

List cites high- and low-performing nursing homes

By Dave Ranney | December 21, 2010

Kansas Advocates for Better Care has released its annual survey of the state’s best and poorest performing nursing homes.

“This is quality-of-care information that’s consumer friendly,” said Margaret Farley, president of the KABC governing board. “It takes a look at the top tier and at the bottom tier of nursing homes in the state.”

The survey is based on U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid data for each of the last three years.

“These are not insolated (inspections), they are trends,” Farley said, “and what they’re showing is that the top tier is trending higher quality and that that the bottom tier is not getting the lesson.”

According to the data, 77 nursing homes were cited for 10 or more deficiencies during each of their last three annual inspections.

Fifteen of the 77 were nonprofit facilities, 62 were for-profit.

“The deficiencies we’re talking about here are things like actual harm, poor nutrition, serious medication errors, or putting people in immediate jeopardy,” said Farley, a Lawrence attorney. “They’re not for things like having a burned out light bulb or not putting something away in the kitchen.

“These (deficiencies) are for things that relate to quality of care, quality of life and the treatment of residents,” she said.

Seventeen nursing homes were cited for five or fewer such serious deficiencies in each their last three inspections. Eleven of the 17 were nonprofit, six were for-profit.

Top-performing nursing homes, location


Top-performing nursing homes

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• Claridge Court, Prairie Village

• Dooley Center, Atchison

• Medicalodges Kinsley, Kinsley

• Bethany Home Association, Lindsborg

• Moundridge Manor, Moundridge

• Prairie Mission Retirement, Saint Paul

• Salina Presbyterian Manor, Salina

• Emporia Presbyterian Manor, Emporia

• Larksfield Place, Wichita

• Solomon Valley Manor, Stockton.

• Clay Center Presbyterian Manor, Clay Center.

• Wesley Towers, Hutchinson.

• Golden Livingcenter of Chase Co., Cottonwood Falls.

• Hoeger House, Olathe

• Schowalter Villa, Hesston

• Frankfort Community Care Home, Frankfort

• Quaker Hill Manor, Baxter Springs.

“This just goes to show that it can be done, that facilities can provide quality care,” Farley said. “The question, really, is one of priorities and whether quality of care and quality of living are the most important things going on in a facility.”

The poor-performing nursing homes are listed below.

Currently, there are 339 nursing homes in Kansas. Each is inspected every 12 to 15 months by Kansas Department on Aging surveyors.

Many of the 77 low-performing homes are known to be struggling.

“I hate to say this because no one likes to hear it, but so much of this comes down to reimbursement,” said Cindy Luxem, executive director at Kansas Health Care Association. “There hasn’t been an increase in Medicaid reimbursement in Kansas for the last three years, and some of the homes on this list are 98 percent Medicaid, which, as everybody knows, doesn’t even begin to cover your costs.”

Luxem represents the state’s for-profit nursing homes.

“We keep expecting these homes to do more and more for residents who are coming in frailer and frailer,” Luxem said. “Then, at the same time, food costs keep going up, utilities keep going up, but you can’t turn the heat down, you can’t stop feeding people. It’s incredibly frustrating.”

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Poor-performing nursing homes, location, number of citations during most recent inspection


Poor-performing nursing homes

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• Topeka Community Healthcare, Topeka, 53

• Garden Valley Retirement Village, Garden City, 39

• Pinecrest Nursing Home, Humboldt, 37

• Hutchinson Care Center, Hutchinson, 35

• Golden Livingcenter, Edwardsville, 34

• Deseret Nursing & Rehab, Colby, 32

• The Homestead Health & Rehab, Garden City, 32

• Good Samaritan Society, Winfield, 32

• Wichita Nursing Center, Wichita, 29

• Wellsville Manor Care Centre, Wellsville, 29

• Larned Healthcare Center, Larned, 28

• Caney Nursing Center, Caney, 27

• Westwood Manor, Topeka, 26

• McCrite Plaza Health Center, Topeka, 26

• Great Bend Health & Rehab, Great Bend, 26

• Eventide Convalescent Center, Topeka, 25

• Bonner Springs Nursing & Rehab, Bonner Springs, 25

• Deseret Nursing & Rehabilitation, Wichita, 24

• Manorcare Health Services, Topeka, 24

• Tri-County Manor Living Center, Horton, 23

• Haysville Healthcare Center, Haysville, 23

• Good Samaritan Society, Dodge City, 23

• Medicalodges Coffeyville, Coffeyville, 22

• Manorcare Health Services, Wichita, 22

• Good Samaritan Society, Liberal, 21

• Wheat State Manor, Whitewater, 21

• Life Care Center of Andover, Andover, 21

• Rolling Hills Health Center, Topeka, 21

• Lexington Park, Topeka, 21

• Golden Livingcenter, Lansing, 21

• Golden Livingcenter, Eskridge, 20

• Medicalodges Jackson County, Holton, 20

• The Regal Estate of Glenwood, Independence, 20

• Medicalodges Post Acute Care Center Kansas City, 19

• Medicalodges Herington, Herington, 19

• Manorcare Health Services, Overland Park, 19

• Providence Living Center, Topeka, 19

• Village Villa, Nortonville, 18

• Medicalodges Douglass, Douglass, 18

• Westview of Derby, Derby, 18

• Golden Livingcenter, Wilson, 18

• Hickory Pointe Care & Rehab, Oskaloosa, 18

• Kansas City Presbyterian Manor, Kansas City, 18

• Richmond Healthcare & Rehab, Richmond 18

• Cherry Village, Great Bend, 18

• Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita, 18

• Pinnacle Ridge Nursing & Rehab, Olathe, 17

• Hillside Village of DeSoto, DeSoto, 17

• Aldersgate Village Health Unit, Topeka, 17

• Indian Creek Health Care, Overland Park, 16

• Legacy Park, Peabody, 16

• Wheatland Nursing & Rehab, Russell, 16

• Park Lane Nursing Home, Scott City, 16

• Golden Plains Health Care, Hutchinson, 16

• Golden Livingcenter, Wakefield, 15

• Meridian Nursing & Rehab, Wichita, 15

• Deseret Nursing & Rehab at Wellington, Wellington, 15

• Kenwood View Nursing Home, Salina, 15

• Alma Manor, Alma, 15

• Chapman Valley Manor, Chapman, 15

• Cherryvale Care Center, Cherryvale, 14

• Golden Livingcenter, Pittsburg, 14

• Apostolic Christian Home, Sabetha, 14

• High Plains Retirement Village, Lakin, 13

• Villa St. Francis, Olathe, 13

• Howard Twilight Manor, Howard, 13

• Mount Joseph Senior Village, Concordia, 13

• Emerald Pointe Health & Rehab, Galena, 12

• College Hill Nursing & Rehab, Wichita, 12

• Sedgwick Healthcare Center, Sedgwick, 12

• Delmar Gardens of Lenexa, Lenexa, 12

• Sunset Manor, Frontenac, 11

• Royal Terrace Nursing & Rehab, Olathe, 11

• Life Care Center of Osawatomie, Osawatomie 11

• Riverview Manor, Oxford, 10

• Plaza West Regional Health Center, Topeka, 10

• Sabetha Manor, Sabetha 10.