Category Archives: Founders Day

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Founder’s Day celebrates 66 years of service to seniors

Employees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America will celebrate 66 years of providing quality senior services guided by Christian values when they observe Founders Day this month.

The more than 2,000 professionals in 18 communities across Kansas and Missouri will sign promise boards signifying a re-dedication of their commitment to PMMA’s core values of respect, dignity and independence.

Employee surveys through the years indicate PMMA employees feel that being a part of residents’ lives enriches their own. The Founder’s Day celebration thanks employees for that devotion and for providing high-quality services. Residents will join in the celebrations, as well. 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: 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: 1970s bring continued expansion

Presbyterian Manor Celebrates 65 YearsPresbyterian Manors of Mid-America is celebrating 65 years of providing quality senior services guided by Christian values. Each month we take a look back at our history with a new story.

1970

Wichita, Kan., Presbyterian Manor opened on West 13th Street. The dedication Sept. 19, 1970, was the culmination of more than two years of planning and construction. Also that fall, the apartments in Topeka were completed.

1971

A new Presbyterian home for seniors was constructed and opened in Fulton, Mo., in 1971. 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

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Founder’s Day celebrates 65 years of service to seniors

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, 65 years of the art of lifeEmployees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America will celebrate 65 years of the Art of Life when they simultaneously celebrate Founder’s Day this week.

The Art of Life is supported through a variety of programs encouraging health and wellness, spiritual life, lifelong learning, intergenerational interactions, Art is Ageless® and end of life services.

To reveal the “Art of Living” story at PMMA, a film crew captured the dramas, celebrations, small victories, discovery of new things and the interactions with friends, neighbors and family including the “family” that is PMMA staff.  Residents and staff will view the project during celebrations and it will also be available for viewing on all PMMA community websites. read more

A humble beginning

Alice Kalb, founder 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.

Sixty-seven years ago this June, a woman from El Dorado, Kan., asked the United Presbyterian Synod if it would consider opening a home for the aged. Alice Kalb’s simple question sparked a two-year study and the eventual opening of the very first Presbyterian Manor in Newton on April 19, 1949.

After Alice’s question was brought forward, the synod voted to appoint a small exploratory committee to look at the idea and see if it had merit. Dr. George Nelson was appointed chairman of the committee at its first meeting in Topeka a month later. The committee quickly determined that there was indeed a need for a home for the aged, and sought approval from the synod to raise funds for the effort. The request was approved at the synod meeting in Hutchinson in October 1947. The newly named Temporary Committee on the Home for the Aged was authorized to take an offering throughout the synod, possibly on Mother’s Day. The practice of raising funds for Presbyterian Manors on Mother’s Day continues today. read more