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

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-American: Celebrating 65 years of the art of lifeWe 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.

On June 12, 1978, the boards of trustees for the United Presbyterian Foundation of Kansas and Presbyterian Manors of Missouri Inc. met separately and approved articles of incorporation for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a new management corporation. UPF-K and PMMO retained fiscal control of their programs. The Rev. Bernard Hawley, pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Salina, was the first chairperson of the PMMA board.

The late 1970s also were a busy time for fundraising and construction.  Funds were being raised for a new campus in Salina and another in Hays. The Salina campus started construction in late 1978 on 85 apartments and a 60-person intermediate care area for short- and long-term skilled nursing.

Additional independent living apartments were constructed in Wichita. Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor was completed and opened in late 1978. The first phase included 93 apartments in a five-story apartment complex, and construction began on a second phase to add a health care neighborhood the next year.