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Larned State Hospital seeks additional $2.1 million

TOPEKA — Larned State Hospital officials say they need an additional $2.1 million to offset staffing shortfalls cited during a recent accreditation survey.
The money, according to a recent report, would be used to raise nurses’ wages, fill vacant positions and increase the medical director’s salary from $210,000 to $240,000.
The House and Senate budget committees are expected to consider the hospital’s request later this week.
Larned State Hospital is one of three state-run hospitals for the mentally ill.
The request for additional funding comes on the heels of The Joint Commission, a national organization that ...

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