Enjoying our new wheels

Misty Killman, transporation aide, pictured with our new Dodge minivan.

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor residents have a new, smoother way to ride to medical appointments. Thanks in part to a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, we were able to purchase a new wheelchair-accessible minivan.

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan has a ramp and can seat four passengers, including two in wheelchairs, and it replaces a non-wheelchair accessible vehicle in our fleet. The van allows us more flexibility with resident doctor appointments and scheduling recreational, educational and therapeutic trips for residents, said Executive Director Sarah Griggs. It will be dedicated to transportation to and from medical appointments and hospital stays for both our PATH® residents and long-term care residents.

Residents and staff members who have ridden in the van so far have really enjoyed it. Dorothy Bertrand said: “It rides really smooth, and it’s easy to get up in,” adding that she appreciates the handle to grip while boarding. Misty Killman, transportation aide, said the van rides much smoother than our larger vehicle, with less bouncing over bumps. That makes it more comfortable for residents coming home from the hospital or anyone who is more physically fragile.

Thank you to local community members and friends of Presbyterian Manor who helped make this grant possible.