November/December 2007

Central Kansas Medical Center Helps Make Great Bend a Lifelong Community

Services offered by Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, Kan., helped the community become designated as a “Lifelong Community” by the Kansas Department on Aging (KDOA). A Lifelong Community is one that is prepared to better serve elders. The Healthy Community Coalition coordinated by Central Kansas Medical Center encompasses a Lifelong Communities Project that includes local Eldercare and senior center organizations. “Central Kansas Medical Center collaborates with other civic and health care organizations in developing programs and needs assessments,” said Elizabeth Amman, OP, vice president of mission integration at the medical center. “We focus on primary care and illness prevention.” Prevention programs for seniors include low-cost lab testing and education on diabetes and stroke prevention. The Lifelong Communities Project partners also provide senior sensitivity training and advance care planning materials. Great Bend is one of just nine cities in Kansas chosen as Lifelong Communities.