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Governor wants support for Larned State Hospital

$1,9 million in funding requested

By Dave Ranney
KHI News Service

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback has asked the Legislature to approve an additional $1.9 million for Larned State Hospital.
The funding, administration officials said, was needed to address staffing shortages cited during a recent accreditation survey.
“The vacancy rate for LPNs (licensed practical nurses) at Larned State Hospital is 27 percent,” Kansas Department on Aging Secretary Shawn Sullivan said Thursday, testifying before the House Appropriations Committee. “For RNs (registered nurses) it’s 44 percent.”
About half of the $1.9 million, he said, would be used to increase nurses’ wages; the other half would ...

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