Awards & Honors


PEAK Award

GERTI and Evergreen Community were awarded the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes or "PEAK" Award from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2016. The award recognizes organizations pursuing progressive models of care who are instituting non-traditional models of care with home environments, a movement known nationally as “culture change."

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LeadingAge Kansas Volunteer of the Year Award

Volunteer and member of the ELI Board of Directors, Jessica Dupriest received the LeadingAge Kansas 2015 "Volunteer of the Year Award" award for her commitment to serving elders at Evergreen Community. Dupriest volunteers weekly, has served as the ELI Board Chair, and supported Evergreen's mission through fundraising and resident activities for more than eleven years.

LeadingAge Kansas Faye McCoy Positive Aging Award

Jean Travis, Evergreen Community of Johnson County resident, received the 2014 "Positive Aging Award" award which is presented to an individual who lives in or receives services from a LeadingAge Kansas member and who sets a positive example of aging in their community. The successful candidate will be active and engaged in making a positive impact on the lives of others irrespective of his/her physical status.

LeadingAge Kansas Excellence in Leadership

Karen Craig, GERTI Instructor, received the 2013 "Excellence in Leadership" award for promoting high-quality elder care across the State of Kansas in August, 2013. This award is presented to a LeadingAge Kansas member, their board, local committee or individual who inspires, demonstrates relational leadership, and promotes change.

UCS Excellence in Community Service Award

GERTI & Evergreen Living Innovations awarded the United Community Services Excellence in Community Service award in 2009, which is given to a human service organization that has significantly improved the lives of Johnson County residents.

Ombudsman Award

Evergreen Community and GERTI were awarded the first annual Ombudsman Award of Excellence by the Kansas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program on May 2, 2008. The award was further recognized by Kansas Senate Resolution 1865.

LeadingAge Kansas (Formerly Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging)

GERTI was recognized in LeadingAge Kansas' Spring 2007 FOCUS Magazine. To read the full article click HERE.

Kansas City Nursing News

In March 2007, GERTI was featured in Nursing News. 

Best of Times

GERTI was recognized by Johnson County Commissioner John Patrick Segale in a February 2006 article. To read the full article click HERE.

FutureAge Magazine

In the March/April 2005 FutureAge issue the creative staff scheduling that is utilized at Johnson County Nursing Center and taught in GERTI courses was highlighted. The creative staff scheduling is discussed on page 28 of the Quality First article. To read the full article click HERE.

Ingram's Heroes in Healthcare 2005

GERTI was recognized as Ingram's Heroes in Healthcare with a Professional Staff Achievement in Healthcare Award for its innovative education programs for long-term care employees. Ingram's annually honors ordinary people performing extraordinary service in their respective branch of the healthcare industry. To read the full article click HERE.