ROCHESTER, PA, June 5, 2017 – Longtime health care administrator KJ Langlais – former CEO of a low-income residential community once appointed by Kansas’ governor to the Kansas Board of Adult Care Home Administrators – has relocated to become the new executive administrator for the award-winning Rochester Manor + Villa of Rochester, Beaver County.
When she had the opportunity to relocate to southwestern Pennsylvania to be closer to family, Langlais was faced with many options but said the decision became easy when she looked at RM+V.
“I was really impressed with the ongoing cultural transformation into more of a person-directed care model for aging services,” she said. “The new role allows me to find balance in both my professional and personal lives.”
For Langlais, a 34-year veteran in health care administration for the aging, and a published author, the move to RM+V comes at a time when 70 percent of Americans who reach retirement age will need some form of long-term care. RM+V continues to set industry benchmarks and has created a new model by completing a multi-million-dollar building overhaul giving clients and their families many more choices about the lifestyles they prefer and deserve. RM&V’s goal is for its clients to get better faster and if possible return to home.
Said Langlais: “Since the early 1980s, my career has been based on making a difference, and I have a drive and passion for always seeking a better way. RM+V is the right size for me. I have the trust of the leadership and autonomy to make decisions that continue to de-institutionalize an outdated model of care and to ‘treat people right’.”
Langlais began her career in 1982 in long-term care as an Activity Director and became a licensed Administrator in 1985. Her accomplishments include extensive national public speaking engagements, international consulting for healthcare education software, systems development and implementation, and financial management. She is the author of Managing with Integrity for Long Term Care, published by McGraw-Hill in 1997.
In 2011, Langlais was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to the State of Kansas Board of Adult Care Home Administrators. She also served on the Kansas Workforce Partnership Board for Johnson, Wyandotte & Leavenworth County for 12 years; was Chair for Leading Age Kansas Board of Directors and served on the Kansas Adult Care Executives (KACE) Board of Directors. She was active in Kansas with LANE Advancing Excellence. Nationally she has served on a Survey & Certification Task Force and Housing with Services Task Force through Leading Age and is a 2014 LeadingAge Leadership Academy Fellow. In 2015 through a grant from CMS & the New Jersey Department of Health, she taught a four-part Transformational Leadership Academy for Person-Centered Care as part of her role at GERTI.
Langlais served as the CEO of Evergreen Living Innovations (ELI) a non-profit company in Olathe, KS. from 2001-2015. ELI operated Evergreen Community of Johnson County, a 112 bed SNF mission driven to serve low-income with quality care, and GERTI an education and consulting organization devoted to improving the field of aging by supporting and sharing best practices to other organizations. Evergreen Hospice Care, LLC opened in 2015 as a non-profit hospice dedicated to person-directed meaningful end of life services.
During her tenure with ELI, Evergreen received the PEAK (Promoting Excellence Alternative in Kansas) multiple years, along with the Kansas State Ombudsman Award of Excellence, and United Community Service Award for Excellence in Community Service.
Her philosophy is “Make it right before I get there” when it comes to her passion to help change aging services. She is committed to creating healthy magnetic organizations where employees can grow and enjoy their work. One decision, one person, and one organization at a time… we can all make it right together!