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Annual Fund Drive 2017

Posted: Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:20pm

Our mission is to provide the best person directed care possible to Evergreen Community residents, regardless of their resources, and to continue this mission we rely on the generosity of individuals like you. Your contributions help us enhance the lives of those we serve. Our promise to you is we will ensure your financial support directly impacts Evergreen residents through services and enhancements that contribute to a more meaningful life.

A son of a resident of Evergreen Community shared a conversation he had with his mother. While waiting to leave the hospital his mother said, “You’re not going to make me move into a nursing home, are you?” He said, “Mom, you’re going back to Evergreen.” She replied, “Oh good!  I’m so glad I’m going home!” When she arrived back at Evergreen Community from the hospital she waved her hands and said, “I’m home!

An Evergreen employee shared, “It brought tears to our eyes hearing that. We love that many of the residents don’t see Evergreen as a nursing home. It’s just their home.”

At Evergreen, we lift up individuals 365 days a year in their home with dignity and respect. It is a balancing act due to stagnant Medicaid reimbursement rates and rising supply, equipment, and wage costs. The purchase of new therapy equipment is planned for the first quarter of 2018. However, it will only be successful if we can raise the necessary $10,000 from generous individual donors like you.

Our plan is to purchase a Sit-To-Stand Trainer and a StepOne Recumbent Stepper with the funds from the Annual Fund Drive. We would like to be able to provide a greater level of safety and mobility for those individuals living at Evergreen. The Sit-to-Stand Trainer actively assists the standing motion with support at the knees, trunk, and arms. It provides graduated support of the standing and sitting motion even in individuals who have not stood in years to enable safe, effective strengthening of weight-bearing muscles. The StepOne Recumbent Stepper helps to counteract gradual weakening of lower extremity function and to recover strength, endurance, and range of motion by training the lower and upper extremities. Together the equipment enhances the independence and dignity for individuals by improving the ability to stand, transfer, and maintain optimal independence. '

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ECOJC Employees Named to the 2018 Class of the Center For Leadership

Posted: Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:53am

Stacey Braden, Health Coach and Quality Assurance Nurse, and Cristal Hernandez, Staffing Coordinator, have both been named in the LeadingAge Kansas 2018 Class of the Center For Leadership. This it the ninth year for the program. Congratulations to Stacy and Cristal! Read more about the program here.

Evergreen a Recipient of Proceeds from Days of Wine & Rotary

Posted: Wed, 03/29/2017 - 8:48am

Join The Olathe Rotary Club and Rotary Club president Larry Rinne for an evening of wine and gourmet food tasting benefiting Rotary’s charities: Olathe Public Schools Foundation Fund-a-Need program, Elizabeth’s Kids (Deb’s House), Kid’s TLC, Inclusions Connection, Evergreen Living, Woodland Charities and the Olathe Rotary Foundation. http://thedaysofwineandrotary.com/

  • Taste approximately 40 wines from many noted producers. KC Bier Co. has graciously agreed to be a part of our event. Although it’s hard to imagine that someone may not love wine, those of you who love KC Bier Co. more will love this addition.
  • Savor specialty entrees and desserts from the area’s top restaurants
  • Participate in silent and live auctions of fine and rare wines, trips, gifts, and collectibles
  • At our new location, the Ball Center, Olathe

Participants must be 21 years of age.

This year’s event offers a new freshness and unique twists that will ensure the event remains one of the most anticipated and best attended events of the year. One of the most notable additions is a $5,000 Travel Voucher Raffle.  The winning ticket will be drawn during the May 6 event. Additionally, commemorative wine glasses will be etched with the Rotary logo and distributed as event souvenirs.

Denim & Dazzle 2017

Posted: Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:11am

Our signature fundraising event, Denim & Dazzle, will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Regnier Center at Johnson County Community College from 6:00-10:00 pm. Your support will help us continue to have a positive impact on the lives of the people we serve, while continuing to improve the field of aging one organization, one person at a time, until every individual who needs care is served with dignity, honor, choice and respect.

If you are interested in attending, sponsoring or donating please contact Erik Wray for more information. Direct Line 913-477-8272 or erikw@ecojc.org.

Evergreen Resident and Marine Turns 100

Posted: Fri, 01/06/2017 - 9:43am

Retired Marine 1st Lt. John J. O'Leary recently celebrated his 100th birthday at the Evergreen Community of Johnson County, Olathe, Kansas. O'Leary is one of a fraction of the more than 16 million Americans who served in World War II still alive today.

He joined the Marine Corps following the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to lead a shore beach party with the 3rd Joint Assault Signal Company. In June 1944, he fought to retake the island of Guam from the Japanese. He later witnessed the bombing of Iwo Jima from his troop's ship. "I had to become a good ducker," O'Leary said. "I spent a year and a half on Guam. That's a long time. I have a lot of memories." O'Leary's birthday coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserve, established by President Woodrow Wilson on Aug. 29, 1916. "The Marine Corps is a great organization," O'Leary said. "It's full of a lot of dedicated individuals. I'm very proud of my time as a Marine."

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/12/29/retired-wwii-marine-celebrates-100th-birthday

JCYM Homes Tour

Posted: Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:09pm

The 25th Annual JCYM Home Holidays Tour and Boutique is Tuesday, November 15th from 9:30am - 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the tour. The 2-day Holiday Boutique is free. All proceeds benefit seven local charities, one of which is Evergreen Community of Johnson County. ECOJC will be spotlighted at the the home located at 12711 W. 160th, Overland Park, KS.

For more information, visit www.JCYM.net.

Elegant Evening 2016

Posted: Fri, 07/29/2016 - 11:59am

Elegant Evening in the courtyard at Evergreen Community. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It is an evening that residents, family, and staff are invited to attend and includes live music from the Sharon Andrews Duo and hors d’oeuvres prepared by our own Evergreen kitchen.

Volunteers and staff assist Evergreen residents in finding semi-formal attire for the evening. Volunteers also donate their time in giving manicures while others apply makeup and style hair. Evergreen is grateful of the time and talents of our volunteers and they have made this event a favorite with their gifts.

Come see what makes this a night to remember at Evergreen. If you would like to donate items or a share a talent, please contact Erik Wray at 913-477-8272 or erikw@ecojc.org. In case of inclement weather, the rainout date is scheduled for September 29 at the same time. 

Osborn Named CEO

Posted: Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:15am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
March 22, 2016

EVERGREEN COMMUNITY OF JOHNSON COUNTY NAMES CEO

OLATHE, KS – The Board of Directors of Evergreen Community of Johnson County (ECOJC) has named Chris Osborn as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Evergreen Community of Johnson County is positioned for a smooth transition. Heather Flick, Board Chair, commented, “The Board of Directors is confident Chris is the best CEO to maintain and move the organization forward.” Under the leadership of Chris Osborn, ECOJC will continue its mission to provide high quality long term care services to the individuals and families they serve, including residents with limited assets. The quality of care will remain a top priority for Osborn and the staff will continue to honor person directed care practices in the spirit of ECOJC’s motto, Kindness Matters.

Osborn earned his Master of Business Administration from Baker University and completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Pittsburg State University. Osborn has worked in long term care for 16 years and maintains an adult Care Home Administrators License (KS).

KSHB Channel 41 News Interviews interim CEO, Chris Osborn

Posted: Tue, 02/09/2016 - 8:47am

KSHB Channel 41 News visited Evergreen Community and interviewed Chris Osborn, interim CEO, and Ruth Martinez, family member of an Evergreen resident, about the KanCare application delay for funding. To learn more, click on the picture below.

http://www.kshb.com/news/region-kansas/kancare-application-delay-leaving-people-and-providers-waiting-for-funds

 

ELI Interim CEO Announced

Posted: Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:15pm

OLATHE, KS – Evergreen Community of Johnson County (ECOJC) has named Chris Osborn the Interim CEO.

After 14 years of service to ECOJC, KJ Langlais, CEO, is leaving the organization to pursue other ventures. Langlais has dedicated over 33 years of her career to aging services and hopes to continue her passion to advocate for improvements in other opportunities. While saddened to see her go, Evergreen wishes her nothing but the best in the future.

Evergreen Community of Johnson County is positioned for a smooth transition. Heather Flick, Board Chair, commented, “The Board of Directors is overwhelming confident Chris is the best interim CEO to maintain and move the organization forward.” Under the leadership of Chris Osborn, ECOJC will continue its mission to provide high quality long term care services to the individuals and families they serve, including residents with limited assets. The quality of care will remain a top priority for Osborn and the staff will continue to honor person directed care practices in the spirit of ECOJC’s motto, Kindness Matters.

Osborn joined the ECOJC team nine years ago. In those years he has served as the GERTI Director, the Chief Business Officer and the Chief Operating Officer. Osborn is a licensed long term care home administrator and has worked in the profession for 15 years. His first five years in the profession were as a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA), Charge Nurse and Director of Nursing. Most recently, Osborn was named to the national LeadingAge Academy Alumni Network Board, which works toward improving aging services with a focus on person directed care practices nationwide.

Osborn earned his Master of Business Administration from Baker University and completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Pittsburg State University.

Evergreen Community of Johnson County is a long term care community located in Olathe, KS with capacity for 112 residents; GERTI, an education center that has been dedicated to improving aging services through innovative programs; and Evergreen Hospice Care, which launched in January 2015. ECOJC is operated by Evergreen Living Innovations (ELI). The vision of ELI is to enhance life’s journey for those in our community.

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Evergreen Receives 2015 PEAK Award

Posted: Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:11pm
PEAK

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ (KDADS) Secretary on Aging, Kari Bruffett, presented the PEAK Award to Evergreen Community of Johnson County.Mrs. Bruffett was at ECOJC on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 for a reception at 9:30am where she recognized and presented the plaque for winning the PEAK award.

For the past thirteen years, KDADS (formerly Kansas Department on Aging) has been recognizing nursing homes for successfully implementing culture change through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes program commonly known as PEAK. Although the phrase “culture change” may have different meanings, in healthcare the term refers to the change from an institutional, medical model of care, to a home atmosphere where individual care and services are provided.

Evergreen Community of Johnson County is one of only four homes in Kansas being recognized as achieving the Sustaining Person-Centered Care Home category through the PEAK 2.0 program (221 homes applied for recognition). This in turn has propelled Evergreen to the highest tier of recognition: Person Centered Care Mentor. Evergreen has been recognized through the PEAK program multiple times in previous years.