• Special to the Daily Leader
Wednesday, Good Samaritan Society Liberal was awarded a distinct honor from State of Kansas Occupational Safety Hazard Administration’s SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) division for work comp safety.
Terri Sanchez and Kenny Beker from the State of Kansas came from Topeka to present this to the center. City and county commissioners, the Chamber of Commerce and Good Samaritan advisory board were all invited to share this honor with Good Samaritan. The governor of Kansas also sent the center a recognition letter of their achievement.
This honor is hard to achieve, and only 153 businesses in the State of Kansas have achieved this out of 76,000 businesses in Kansas and only 1,500 businesses in the United States have achieved this recognition out of tens of millions of businesses, so it is difficult to be approved for this.
The SHARP program is dedicated to promoting healthy work environments and preventing work place injuries.
“The staff of Good Samaritan Society Liberal worked very hard to achieve this and put together a work place safety plan and front line staff employee safety committee that meets monthly to identify any possible hazards,” said administrator Danna Legleiter. “The staff is what made this possible from nurses to housekeeping to administration. They were able to reduce their worker’s comp injuries from 20 in 2008 to only one in 2009. Their hard work promotes not only safety for the staff but also for the residents.”
According to Legleiter, the center is the first of any business in Liberal to receive this award and the first Good Samaritan in Kansas, with only two other Good Samaritans having received this in America.