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January 29th, 2020
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Lone Tree Retirement receives zero deficiency survey

lone tree retirementROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


An area nursing home recently received a zero-deficiency annual survey from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Artesian Valley Health System of Meade announced the news earlier this month for its Lone Tree Retirement Center (LTRC), and Administrator Carrie Padgett said both she and her staff were quite pleased with the news.

“We did that last year for the first time in at least 13 years, so when they came in this year again and it happened, that’s probably the proudest moment,” she said. “I think everybody feels like all the hard work pays off.”

Padgett said Lone Tree has quality measures through not just its own policies, but those at the federal and state level as well, that affect both a nursing home’s ratings and its reimbursement.

“Those are some top things we really pay attention to,” she said. “Maybe not that you always have control over them, but as long as we recognize where we have issues and we implement improvement plans towards maintaining or trying to improve, that’s the main thing. It’s just to be able to show we are very well aware.”

Padgett said simple things such as residents’ weight loss are things staff understands, but they still need to be aware of them and decide what needs to be implement to continue to monitor and improve.


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When Surakata Jawara hit a jump shot with 22 seconds to play, the Saints had an 86-85 lead over Barton County. But after a missed shot and Barton rebound, the Cougars were able to make a shot with four seconds to play, and the Saints couldn’t get a buzzer beater in an 87-86 loss.

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The loss dropped Seward to 12-9 overall, 5-7 in the Jayhawk Conference. 

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