Construction of Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor began in 1978 following a successful campaign to raise the $4 million estimated cost. Efforts to develop our community and set the tone for its mission were spearheaded by the Rev. Hugh Marsh, who was the first administrator.
Initially, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor consisted of 93 apartments for residents able to live independently. In April 1980, three wings of the health care center were added. The west wing, which is all private rooms, was added after 1984. In 1986, the community broke ground for the duplex addition, and in 1993, a portion of the campus was licensed for assisted living.
A memory care neighborhood opened in 2013 in our licensed assisted living area. The fourth floor underwent extensive renovation to design separate dining, living and activity spaces for residents to enjoy.
Over the years, as the population has continued to age and demand for high quality senior living alternatives has continued to grow and evolve, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor has changed right along with them. Some of the changes have been cosmetic — renovations and modernizations of our resident floors and health care center. Some have been cultural changes — new, enlightened approaches to the ways in which we serve our residents such as the introduction of restaurant style dining with the addition of our Gardenview and Terraceview restaurants.