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Wesley Manor Retirement Community Welcomes Frederick A. Taylor, Jr. as Executive Director
FRANKFORT, Ind. (Feb. 27, 2020) – Wesley Manor Retirement Community has named Frederick A. Taylor, Jr. as executive director. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the health care field to this position.
“We very much appreciate having a quality professional like Fred Taylor to join us and to lead our Frankfort team. I am eager for the Wesley Manor team and the Frankfort community to meet him and see what an amazing leader he is,” said Dan Carr, vice president of operations for BHI Senior Living, which operates Wesley Manor. “We really hit a home run in securing Fred for the Frankfort position.”
Taylor bring more than 30 years of health management experience to Wesley Manor. For more than 23 years, he’s served as a consultant for health care, non-profit organizations, foundations in Indiana and beyond.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve Wesley Manor and the Frankfort community,” said Taylor. “Wesley Manor is a wonderful campus with outstanding services and I look forward to getting to know the residents, patients, staff members, and families.”
Taylor earned a B.S., an M.B.A and a Certificate in Public Management from Indiana University. He also earned a master’s degree in education and a certificate in Public Management.
A decorated U.S. Army veteran, Taylor is a three-time Purple Heart recipient. He served with the First Cavalry Division [Airmobile] and earned a Combat Infantryman Badge and is a Cross of Gallantry recipient. He also received the Air Medal. National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnamese Campaign Medal.
He has received the following honors.
Indiana Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame ;
Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Mike Pence ;
Golden Hoosier Award by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch ;
Outstanding Alumnus by the Indiana University School of Education ;
Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Paul Patton ;
Tennessee Colonel by Gov. Don Sundquist ;
James Dean Humanitarian Award ; and
Certificate of Recognition by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates .
Taylor is a member of the IU Alumni Association, Elks Club, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Association of the US Army.
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Wesley Manor has been the premier retirement community in Frankfort since 1961. It is an affiliate of Indiana-based, non-profit BHI Senior Living, which began in 1905 as a faith-based organization and has four other continuing care retirement communities in the state: The Barrington in Carmel, Four Seasons in Columbus, Hoosier Village in Indianapolis, and The Towne House in Fort Wayne. While it is also a nonprofit, BHI Senior Living has the size and financial strength to compete and succeed in today’s marketplace. BHI has a powerful balance sheet and a BBB+ rating from financial rating service Fitch.
MEDIA CONTACT: Dan Carr, firstname.lastname@example.org, 260-704-7998
Frankfort Named 9th Best City for Families in Indiana
One week after being notified it was the 23rd Safest City in the State of Indiana, the City of Frankfort received another honor by being named the 9th Best Cities for Families in the state from Homesnacks.net.
“This is great,” said Mayor Chris McBarnes. “I’m very humbled by this. I didn’t even now this ranking system was out there. Obviously, I’m a little biased. But, I can’t say they’re wrong.”
Homesnacks.net said they used science and data to determine which cities in Indiana have the best set up for children — a lot to do, good schools and no crime.In a release from the organization, they say that according to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards. Why is that? Perhaps it has to with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous? Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities that they have mentioned, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.
The best cities to raise a family in the Hoosier State according to Homesnacks.net in order are Zionsville, Crawfordsville, Plymouth, Auburn, Carmel, Westfield, Greenfield, Franklin, Frankfort and Crown Point. Cities ranked 11 through 20 are in order Logansport, Brownsburg, Beech Grove, Jasper, Peru, Fort Wayne, Goshen, St, John, Vincennes and Columbus.
“We’re right on the verge of having some even bigger things to happen like Prairie Creek Park, Nickel Plate Flats and a potential new subdision in our future,” said McBarnes.
Article from: clintoncountydailynews.com
Frankfort Senior Community Gets Makeover
Published in Inside Indiana Business
July 21, 2016
FRANKFORT – A large retirement community in Frankfort has kicked off a $575,000 round of improvements. The project includes renovations to three areas of the 83-acre property and the demolition of two buildings to make way for green space.
Wesley Manor is owned by Indianapolis-based nonprofit BHI Senior Living Inc., which says the work will involve 10 village homes, 10 independent and assisted-living apartments and the health center’s rehabilitation wing. Twelve units the organization has deemed “no longer marketable” have been taken down.
Executive Director Kevin Ward says “after the project is completed, Wesley Manor will have a lot more curb appeal.” He adds “our partnership with BHI has made us financially stronger, which in turn, has allowed us to focus on updating the campus and ensure our current and future residents have a nice place to live.”
Wesley Manor became a BHI affiliate in January. The company also has communities in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Columbus.
Renovation Project Involves Village Homes, Apartments and Rehab Center
Published in Frankfort Times
August 9, 2016
Article Written By Sharon Bardonner
Traveling along State Road 75 on the north side of Frankfort, drivers can now see a row of residential homes rather than two multi-unit buildings. Razing the two outdated six-unit structures is part of Wesley Manor’s
$575,000 renovation, intended to update several parts of the Frankfort continuum of care campus, according to Executive Director Kevin Ward.
Based on their square footage and floor plans, the sixplexes were determined to be unmarketable, said Ward, so rather than retrofit them, the decision was made to demolish the structures in lieu of green space.
Ward hopes that residents begin to see the area as a park-like setting for public gatherings, picnics and other outdoor events. The area is about the size of a football field with several full-growth trees offering lots of shade.
Several residents already have provided ideas for the open space, many culled from current TV shows. One proposed a settlement of “tiny homes,” while another suggested building fancy treehouses.
The renovation also includes refurbishing several independent living homes in Wesley Village to bring the interiors and floorplans up to today’s styles, Ward explained. The spending, which is about $30,000 per home, is now possible given the retirement community’s better financial position.
“Wesley Manor went through several years of budgetary concerns,” Ward said, “so there were cuts and postponed renovations. But now with BHI Senior Living’s financial backing, we’re able to do some things, such as bring several of our Village Homes up to date, making improvements of a cosmetic and structural nature.”
“Our goal is to create homes where people can age in place most independently as possible,” he said.
Throughout the Village are a mix of home styles to create a feeling of a neighborhoods in Frankfort. “It doesn’t look like a health campus, and we embrace that,” said Ward. “They’re not cookie-cutter; there’s a sense of variety. Here, you’re not mowing and you’re not shoveling snow, but you’re still living ‘at home.’”
The Village community consists of 75 homes, with 16 currently available.
Updates are also being done in the main building, the Manor House, with 10 independent and assisted-living apartments getting upgrades, such as six-panel doors and good baseboards.
Also, in the fall, the rehabilitation wing will receive new carpet, paint and window coverings and will gain on-unit therapy areas to improvement treatment options.
Wesley Manor’s association with BHI has not only freed dollars for upgrades, it has also created operational efficiencies and cost savings.
As a result, the Manor has been able to restructure its prices, said Ward.