Garden City Homestead Assisted Living has been recognized as a 2013 recipient of the Bronze-Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through improved quality care. The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The program honors facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

"In an age of changing health care, Homestead Assisted Living has remained committed to prioritizing quality care above all else," said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. "This facility is an example of the great things that can be accomplished when we commit to person-centered care."

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

It was one of 361 facilities to receive the Bronze level award. The award will be presented to Garden City Homestead Assisted Living during AHCA/NCAL's 64th Annual Convention and Exposition set for Oct. 6-9 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Patent issued for beneficial animal 'candy'

MANHATTAN A U.S. patent has been granted to a Kansas State University-developed "candy" that stimulates the growth, health and reproductive functions of cattle, bulls and other livestock.

Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry, discovered a specific combination of molasses, oilseeds and oilseed extracts that when heated and evaporated, formed a substance that improves absorption of specific omega-3 fatty acids.

"It's a free-choice type of supplement in a block form sort of like a big, 250-pound piece of fancy for livestock," Drouillard said. "It's put in the pasture and the animals consume it whenever they want. The product's physical characteristics restrict the animals to consuming less than a pound each day, making it a convenient and cost effective way to deliver essential nutrients."

The substance contains desirable fats that elevate levels of specific omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream. The increases in omega-3 fatty acids can stimulate growth, improve immunity and enhance reproduction function and overall fertility in livestock that consume the supplement.

New Generation Feeds, a South Dakota-based company, has retained exclusive rights to the patented technology for use in its SmartLic brand of livestock supplements. The process is used in making the company's HorsLic supplement for equines and FlaxLic supplement for beef and dairy cattle.

The patent, "Product and process for elevating lipid blood levels in livestock," is issued to the Kansas State University Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation responsible for managing technology transfer activities at the university.

Drouillard is continuing research on the combination by working to improve the fats' resistance to bacteria in the digestive system.