Kansas Secretary on Aging presents PEAK awards to two Marion County retirement homes

Martin Kennedy, secretary of the Kansas Department on Aging, was in Marion County Monday to present two nursing homes with PEAK awards for their work in changing the culture of care for the elderly. In the left photo, Kennedy presents the plaque to Frances Kreutziger, a resident at Parkside Homes Inc. in Hillsboro, on Monday forenoon. Behind them is Gretchen Wagner, Parkside administrator. This is the second time Parkside has won the award. About 60 people, including State Rep. Bob Brookens, Hillsboro city officials, Parkside residents and members of the public were on hand for the presentation. Kennedy called Parkside Homes a leader in the state. ?You do things every year that other homes have never done before,? he said. In the right photo, Kennedy presents the plaque to Linda Peters, chief executive officer and administrator of Bethesda Home in Goessel, on Monday afternoon. Kennedy said the strong support of the Goessel community in supporting structural changes within the facility was a key factor in considering Bethesda for its first PEAK Award. He said Kansas has about 350 nursing homes; only six were selected for a PEAK Award.

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