TOPEKA — The Joint Commission, a national accrediting agency, has cited two of the state-run mental hospitals in its annual report as "top performers on key quality measures."
State officials said the facilities’ inpatient psychiatric services were recognized for top performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that have been shown to improve care for patients with certain conditions.
“I want to congratulate our employees at Osawatomie State Hospital and Rainbow Mental Health Facility for this acknowledgement of their continuing commitment to improving patient care,” said Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan in a prepared statement. “This is a proud accomplishment, especially given some of the difficult situations our staff have been dealing with while at the same time providing our patients with first-rate services and treatment.”
Workers at the state hospitals are often called upon to work overtime and the facilities are often filled beyond capacity.
Kansas has three state mental hospitals; the third is Larned State Hospital.
Rainbow, in Kansas City, Kan., has mostly been shuttered since late 2011 after the state fire marshal deemed it unsafe. Thirty beds were moved from Rainbow to a unit at Osawatomie, which is about an hour's drive to the south. A crisis stabliization unit of six beds is still active at Rainbow.
Last year, OSH earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. OSH is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and accredited by The Joint Commission.
The majority of patients at Osawatomie and Rainbow are admitted involuntarily, having been ruled threats to themselves or others after entanglements with the police and courts.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services oversees the state hospitals.
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