Employees 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.
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.
The more than 2,000 staff 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.
“Many of our employees view what they do as a calling, not just a job,” said Bruce Shogren, president and CEO. “The three words I believe describe the PMMA experience are home, family and touch. Our residents truly feel they’ve found a home in our communities. Our communities are a family environment between residents and employees. Each day, we touch our residents with compassion and care. Our dedicated employees make it possible for us to sustain PMMA’s mission, which directly impacts the wonderful care our 2,400 residents receive every day.”
Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s roots go back to 1947. Alice Kalb, a widow from central Kansas, appealed to a Presbyterian Church organization to establish a home for seniors. Her vision for the first Presbyterian Manor community in Newton, Kan., inspired others to do even more. Today PMMA remains true to the spirit of Alice’s vision, providing quality senior services guided by Christian values.
For more information about Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, contact Lisa Elliott Diehl, corporate communications director, at 316-685-1100 or send us an email.