Green Meadows staff feels much healthier with changes

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By Mallory Bilger


According to documents obtained by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, a standard survey conducted Aug. 5, 2008, resulted in the facility being cited for “failing to assure each resident was provided a safe environment with the supervision and assistance devices needed to prevent accidents.”

Shortly after, the facility’s Medicare and Medicaid provider agreements were terminated until July of this year.

Although the facility never closed, its enrollment fell.

As of September, Gnagie said there were 25 enrolled residents. The rehabilitation and long-term care facility can currently house 122 patients.

Green Meadows — located at 310 Boxwood Run — is the county’s only short- and long-term care facility.

It recently hosted an open house to get prospective patients and their families in the door to demonstrate the changes that have taken place.

“The total system has changed,” Gnagie said. “We ask (families) for more information and our admission process is very tight.”

Gnagie said the changes include a more stringent admissions process in which several different Green Meadows teams assess possible patients and make sure the facility is a proper fit for them.

“As a group we make a decision as to if this is someone that we can care for,” she said.

The facility has a nurse-to-patient ratio of 14-to-1 and the ratio of Certified Nursing Assistants to patients is 18-to-1, which Gnagie said was better than at most other short- and long-term care facilities.

“We have excellent staff. Our residents come first and foremost,” she said. “We make sure our residents are happy.”

The facility has also revamped its short-term rehab wing. A therapy kitchen has been installed for patients learning to live with their injuries.

Therapists work with patients in the kitchen to re-teach them daily tasks. The wing also has a private therapy room and a private dining room.

“We have renamed it ‘Transition Way,’” Gnagie said.

As the facility’s administration works to grow the number of patients, Gnagie said she believed community members would be pleased with Green Meadows if they would take the time to stop by for a tour.

“I think our big message is that we care. Our main focus is that we want the community to know that we are here,” she said.

Gnagie and other Green Meadows staff can be reached at 538-3500.