Osawatomie State Hospital, Kansas
Osawatomie State Hospital is a federally and state funded psychiatric facility in Kansas operated by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. The hospital was facing the loss of $6.5 million dollars annually in federal funding and potential closure of the facility as they had not been able to make necessary improvements to their facility to ensure patient safety.
An agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allowed for needed improvements to be made. "Closing Osawatomie State Hospital is not an option," said Angela de Rocha, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, which operates the facility.
A Home Depot Pro Account Representative got a call the week before Christmas asking for a bid and job estimate. The Account Representative responded with an estimate and timeline. Three weeks later the project was awarded to Home Depot Pro. The project needed to be completed as soon as possible.
Changes included new light fixtures, stainless steel mirrors, tamper-resistant screws, bathroom fixtures, patient beds and ceilings. The hospital required every mirror, toilet, faucet, flush-valve, toilet paper dispenser, soap dish, hand dryer, hand dryer enclosures, showers, and drinking fountains, replaced in order to make them ligature resistant and compliant with three State of Kansas oversight agencies.
Over 400 custom pieces had to be manufactured out of stainless steel specific to each location and in many cases to individual stalls within a restroom. One of Home Depot Pro's key vendors, located in the Kansas City area, manufactured all the items per the submitted drawings.
The custom drawings were completed in late January and a majority of the fixtures were shipped by mid February.
"This project would have never been taken on, much less completed in such a timely manner by any other partner in the industry."
With the changes completed, the facility took a much needed and positive step to meeting the requirements outlined to maintain their federal funding and keep their facility safe for their patients.