Category Archives: 65th Anniversary

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins web awards

PMMAHomepageWICHITA, Kan. – Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s newly re-designed website, PresbyterianManors.org, recently received a Silver Award in the Digital Health Awards. The organization also received recognition for its Art is Ageless® video, which is posted to all PMMA websites.

PMMA recently re-designed 17 of its 18 community websites and its corporate website in partnership with G5, a leader in the senior living digital marketing field based in Bend, Oregon. Like the 17 campus sites, the new PMMA corporate website is mobile responsive, providing visitors with a consistent, high-quality experience whether the site is accessed from a desktop computer or a mobile device. Site copy was revised and new resources designed to assist consumers with making a decision about senior living were added. read more

65th Anniversary: Missouri gets new campus; Wichita campus is reborn

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America: Celebrating 65 years of the art of life.This month, we conclude our look at the history of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America as we celebrate the organization’s 65th anniversary.

In 2006, SSM Health Care of St. Louis moved its St. Joseph’s Hospital from a site in Kirkwood, Mo. As part of this hospital relocation, SSM Health Care issued a request for proposals to determine what to do with the old hospital campus site. Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s proposal for a continuing care retirement community was selected as the project to be constructed on the old hospital site. read more

65th Anniversary: New community arises from growing senior need

Presbyterian Manor Celebrates 65 YearsThis month, we continue our look back at 65 years of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America with the birth of Aberdeen Village in Olathe, Kan. In 1996, Presbyterians in Johnson County were convinced there was a need for a new Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America campus in the Greater Kansas City area, and specifically in Johnson County.

In 1996, Presbyterians in Johnson County were convinced there was a need for a new Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America campus in the Greater Kansas City area, and specifically in Johnson County.At the time, there were no Christian-based non-profit senior living communities offering the full continuum of care in Johnson County. read more

65th Anniversary: PMMA’s focus turns to the future in 1990s

Presbyterian Manor Celebrates 65 YearsThis month, we continue to look back at our history as Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America celebrates 65 years of the art of life.

In 1990, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America moved into a new corporate office building in northeast Wichita, and Manor of the Plains in Dodge City opened.

That year, the “Tradition of Caring” capital campaign also kicked off with a goal of $6.4 million. The first leg of the campaign was conducted in Emporia, where $600,000 was raised. Each campus had its own campaign to raise funds toward the $6.4 million goal. The campaigns raised funds to meet current Good Samaritan Program needs and provide a future endowment for Good Samaritan needs, assist in covering debt service and provide capital improvements at PMMA campuses. read more

65th Anniversary: Needs drive expansion plans

Presbyterian Manor Celebrates 65 YearsThis month, we continue to look back at our history as Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America celebrates 65 years of the art of life.

The desire for more independent living drove expansion for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America in the late 1980s.

Duplex or apartment projects were approved for the campuses in Sterling, Wichita, Topeka, Parsons, Arkansas City and Lawrence. Existing spaces were renovated in Sterling, Arkansas City, Kansas City and Newton, and a new health care center was constructed in Newton. Wichita received funds for and constructed a chapel. read more

65th Anniversary: New decade, new locations, new services

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America: Celebrating 65 years of the art of life.This month, we continue to look back at our history as Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America celebrates 65 years of the art of life.

The 1980s brought growth in independent living options on many Presbyterian Manor campuses. New duplexes and apartments were constructed in Parsons, Lawrence, Wichita and Salina. It also brought construction of two new campuses and health care additions at the Wichita and Rolla campuses.

By early 1980, the United Presbyterian Foundation of Kansas’ joint project with the Manhattan Retirement Foundation was open. PMMA continued to provide management services for the new Meadowlark Hills until July 1, 1981. read more

65th Anniversary: Construction, consolidation define late ’70s

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America: Celebrating 65 years of the art of life.We continue our celebration of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 65th anniversary with a look at the late 1970s.

The year 1978 brought several changes to the administration of Presbyterian Manors’ network in Kansas and Missouri.

From the opening of Topeka Presbyterian Manor until 1978, the Topeka campus served as home to the operational and financial data processing center. The corporate and executive officers were located at Newton Presbyterian Manor.  In 1978, the operational office and finance data processing center were moved to Newton and joined the corporate and executive offices in a new location at the Newton City-County Airport. The Rev. Thomas C. Wentz was the executive officer. read more

65th Anniversary: Missourians build first campus at Farmington

Dr. Fred Walker, first superintendent of Homelife in Farmington, Mo.

Dr. Fred Walker was the first superintendent of Homelife in Farmington, Mo. A plaque beneath his photo at Farmington Presbyterian Manor reads, “He had a dream, we have a home.”

The Missouri synods of the Presbyterian Church, U.S., and the United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., joined together to construct the first Presbyterian Homelife campus in Farmington, Mo. The project was authorized in 1957 in a joint session of the synods, but construction of the first building was delayed while funds were raised for the project.

The campus was the brainchild of a former Ralston-Purina sales executive, Grafton Lothrop, who is credited with “selling” the idea to the synods and providing its unique name. Lothrop became president of the board of trustees for Presbyterian Homes of Missouri, Inc., which also operated a children’s home in Farmington. read more

65th Anniversary: Presbyterian Manor extends reach in second decade

Presbyterian Manor Celebrates 65 YearsAs part of the celebration of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 65th anniversary, we will take a look back at our history in each issue of Community Matters.

In 1956, the Synod of the Plains, the United Presbyterian Church synod in central Kansas, established Home of the Plains in Sterling. Located in a three-story white house at the corner of Seventh and Washington, Home of the Plains provided basic room and board care for the elderly.

Two years later in 1958, the Presbyterian Church and the United Presbyterian Church in North America merged, bringing together the parent synods of Presbyterian Manor in Newton and Home of the Plains in Sterling. This merger brought Home of the Plains into the Presbyterian Foundation of Kansas, which oversaw the development of Presbyterian Manor in Newton and was exploring building a new Presbyterian Manor in Topeka. read more

Newton campus grows quickly

The expansion of Newton Presbyterian Manor.
As Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America celebrates its 65th anniversary, we will take a look back at our history in each issue of Community Matters.

From 1949 to 1955, Newton Presbyterian Manor grew quickly.

By October 1949, the house at 1100 E. Seventh was full, and Newton Presbyterian Manor had a waiting list. The board of trustees voted to rent another, larger house, at 1403 N. Main, as a stop-gap measure while they considered what to do next. The house at 1403 N. Main was called the Wood’s Annex, and a matron was installed there to oversee care of the residents. read more