Covid 19

7/2/20

 

KMH COVID-19 Status Update:

Our guidance from KDHE on 6/24/20 instructed us to perform testing for Pavilion residents and staff members this week.  We have completed all the testing required and I am pleased to announce that all residents’ results are back and negative.  We did receive one positive within our staff member testing.  This staff member is in our housekeeping department and does not perform any resident care.  We have communicated this to KDHE and CDC.

On Monday, we received our CMS Infection Control Survey. The surveyor was in the building all day and closely reviewed our infection control processes and procedures.  I am pleased to announce that KMH received zero deficiencies from this survey.

We are finalizing our phasing plan to open up LTC and AL.  Guidance received from our webinar with Sedgwick County Health Department on 7/1/20 stated that our phasing plan can not be faster than Sedgwick County.  Currently Sedgwick County is at Phase 2 and the county must be at Phase 3 for a minimum of two weeks before any LTC or AL can move to Phase 3.  Basically, we must lag the county phasing by two weeks.  We will communicate our plan once it is finalized next week.

As we continue this journey together, we will keep you updated on our status through our COVID-19 webpage on KMH.org or if you would like to receive updates via email, please contact Brittany Ponds at bponds@kmh.org.

Sincerely,

 

Michael Miller, CEO

 

6/15/2020 Update:

I wanted to pass along some good news. KMH completed baseline testing of residents in all areas of our campus last week. All results have been returned negative of COVID-19. We began our baseline testing of staff members on 6/10/20 and eagerly await the results. If there are any positive tests within our staff members, we will let you know and complete further testing.

Further good news...rumor has it that KDADS will issue further guidance on a plan for opening senior living communities. KMH leadership will begin immediately developing a plan that will continue to keep resident safety as its highest priority while we move forward.

As we continue on this journey together, we will keep you updated on our status through our COVID-19 webpage on KMH.org.

If you would like to receive updates via email, please contact Brittany Ponds at bponds@kmh.org.

Sincerely,

Michael Miller, CEO

To Residents and Family Members:

Thank you for your patience during this very challenging time. I know being apart from a loved one is very stressful and this past eight weeks has felt like eight months. Although we have phone calls and video chat, none of it compares to sitting with a loved one, holding their hand, and giving them a hug.

There is light at the end of the tunnel! CMS issued a three-phase plan to lifting the restrictions for visitors. Phases 1 and 2 only allow visitation in compassionate care situations. Phase 3 will allow visitation with screening and additional precautions such as ensuring social distancing, hand hygiene, and wearing a cloth face covering.
The CMS guidance recommends 14 days between phases but also mentions the state may choose to have a longer waiting period. We are waiting for further guidance from KDADS.

There will be several things in place with residents and staff as we slowly open back up to visitations. We will test residents and staff in accordance with CMS guidelines. The current plan states "if a facility identifies a new onset COVI D-19 case in the facility while in any phase, that facility goes back to the highest level of mitigation and starts over." Therefore, it will be extremely important for you to not visit if you are not feeling well and to follow all the precautions to keep KMH residents safe.

Michael Miller, CEO

In efforts to keep our residents safe, we have restricted all visitors to healthcare personnel only.