Dooley Center receives PEAK 2 Award

Mount St. Scholastica facility is one of 10 recognized in Kansas

Renee Porter accepts PEAK 2 AwardThe Dooley Center, Mount St. Scholastica’s on-site skilled nursing facility for monastery elders, received a 2015 PEAK 2.0 Award from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

The award, given to only 10 nursing homes in Kansas, recognizes the Dooley Center for sustaining person-centered care for the home’s residents.

Kari Bruffett, KDADS secretary, presented the award during a ceremony at the Mount on Nov. 12. She is on the right in the photo at right; Dooley Center administrator Renee Porter is on the left.

“I am so proud of the staff and leaders of our Dooley Center for the wonderful care they give to our sisters,” said Anne Shepard, prioress. “This award reinforces the partnership the staff has with our sisters to ensure that the care they receive is perfectly tailored to their needs.”

Person-centered care nursing homes have moved away from the institutional model of nursing home care and toward a more homelike environment in which residents have a say in their day-to-day lives. Kansas has recognized nursing homes that successfully implemented this approach for more than a decade through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK) program.

In 2012, the program became PEAK 2.0, a Medicaid pay-for-performance incentive program. Homes that engage in system changes to support person-centered care, or who have demonstrated implementation of person-centered care receive financial incentives through Medicaid reimbursement.