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Future looks bright for Sterling senior living community

Future looks bright for Sterling senior living community

PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America) is pleased to announce the donation of the Sterling Presbyterian Manor community to the Topeka-based not-for-profit, Agewise Living, Inc. The property will be managed by GraceTeam Services and operate as Sterling Village.

“We take our responsibility of caring for seniors seriously but as healthcare and services for seniors has become more challenging, the need for new models of working arrangements has become increasingly important,” said Bruce Shogren, president and CEO of PMMA. “PMMA leadership has been working with Sterling Village, an experienced, not-for-profit provider, to allow for the continuation of senior care and services in the Sterling community.”

John Grace, president of Agewise Living, Inc., began his career in 1977 serving in leadership roles in senior living across Kansas. From 1979 to 1984, he worked for PMMA managing the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, Kan. In 1984, he became President of the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, a trade association serving 165 not-for-profit aging services providers in Kansas and serving for 20 years. From 2004 to 2009 John served as the founder and President of the Aging Research Institute, a management and development senior services consulting firm.

In 2016, Grace worked with a small group of dedicated individuals to form SunPorch, a Topeka based not-for-profit organization and now owns and operates senior living communities in Dodge City and Smith Center. In addition, GraceTeam Services provides management to other not-for-profit senior living communities in Kansas. GraceTeam has an experienced team of five employees including licensed administrators, registered nurses and an advanced practitioner nurse.

“Our philosophy at Sterling Village will be to continue to provide the quality senior services to our residents they have come to expect,” said Grace. “We are excited to be able to take on a community with the rich history and reputation for quality senior services that the Sterling Presbyterian Manor has in the community and the Rice County area.”

Grace’s immediate plans for Sterling Village include ensuring a smooth transition for residents and employees and focusing on excellence in operations and clinical care delivery.


Pictured are John Grace from Agewise Living, Inc. and Bruce Shogren, PMMA president and CEO.

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