In 1976 after recognizing a growing need among seniors for high-quality lifestyle alternatives, a group of Salina area citizens joined the local Presbyterian congregation in an effort to raise $5.2 million to build Salina Presbyterian Manor. Through a variety of funding sources, including industrial revenue bonds and private donations, the project was completed four years later.
Salina Presbyterian Manor opened in February 1980 with a health care center and residential accommodations including 40 efficiency apartments, 26 one-bedroom apartments, 17 two-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom deluxe apartments. Within a year the board recognized a need to also serve seniors who could no longer live independently but did not require skilled nursing care. In 1981 the manor added assisted living to its menu of lifestyle options.
Over the years, Salina Presbyterian Manor has continued to grow and adapt to seniors’ changing needs and evolving tastes. Beginning in 1989, the community added the first of three townhome neighborhoods. Offering two bedrooms, two baths and attached garages, the units have continued to be a popular choice for independent living. In 1998, the opening of Ralph Reitz Memorial Park added walking paths, a pavilion and a pond with handicap-accessible dock to the list of resident amenities.
In 2004, the successful Shaping Tomorrow fundraising campaign brought about a culture change to resident-centered care in the manor’s skilled nursing areas, additional accommodations and common areas in the health care center, a new assisted living area, and a new memory care neighborhood.
Subsequent changes in 2010 included expanded activities areas, enhanced on-site recreational and educational opportunities, and a change in dining services to restaurant-style dining with the overwhelming success of the Ivory Keys Cafe.