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A POSITIVE CHANGE

Sterling Presbyterian Manor has been donated to a Topeka-based not-for-profit provider committed to excellent senior care.

After August 1, Sterling Presbyterian Manor will be known as “Sterling Village” and will be owned by Agewise Living, Inc., but life for staff and residents will essentially continue on as normal.

In an effort to sustain quality senior care for Sterling residents[KH1] , Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) is donating the Sterling community to Agewise Living, an experienced not-for-profit provider. Both entities are committed to a seamless transition.

PMMA has established a temporary, informational website, sterlingpmnow.org, where residents and their families can seek answers to any questions they have, and an informational meeting was held in early June.

Agewise Living’s intent is to continue providing excellent care for the Sterling residents.

“Our mission is to serve the elders in an honorable way,” said John Grace, a representative of Agewise. “In this situation it’s our goal to keep all the employees, and our hope is that all the residents would stay. Our goal is to keep the current administrator, Karen Smith.”

Agewise is one arm of an organization managing a number of senior care communities across western Kansas and building a new community in Smith Center. Each community is its own non-profit entity and is partially managed by a local board. It will be the same in Sterling.

John said during the transition, the current mission committee will meet with Agewise representatives regularly to discuss senior care at Sterling Village and the overall organization.

The goal is to continue excellent care, John said, and make positive improvements.

“We’re going to keep doing what’s working and meeting the needs of the elders,” he said, “and to improve the things that need to be improved.”

That could include an expansion of the community.

“We would like to add some assisted living apartments,” John said, “and maybe some more independent living. In the long term, we would be looking at either significant rehab of the existing building or replacing it with a new facility.”

It was a tough decision, but PMMA said it’s the right one.

“We are confident Sterling Presbyterian Manor is being left in very capable and good hands with another not-for-profit senior living provider that is rooted in patient-centered care,” said Bruce Shogren, president and CEO for PMMA, in a letter to residents and families.


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