Bill Taylor joined the Salina Presbyterian Manor…oft referred to (by me) as “The Palace”… in November 2010 as the chief executive officer. Two years following that, on November 28, 2012, I moved in as a new resident and have been able to observe first hand Bill’s many skills and accomplishments.
Sadly, Bill is leaving next week. The happy note is that he’s moving up the ladder in the Presbyterian Manor administration and will be here from time to time working within the framework of his new job.
During the almost four years Bill has been the “in-charge” man here, wonderful things have happened. Some are very obvious; others more subtle.
I remember when I first arrived he sought me out and welcomed me to the Manor. His feelings were genuine and warm and the occasion, which I remember well, stuck with me. I have an open door policy in my apartment on the second floor and I soon noticed Bill did as well. I’m the only resident whose door is always open, and it goes without saying not all chief executives leave their office doors open as a sign people are always welcome to enter and talk about matters of mutual concern. Bill is sincere about his open door policy.
Bill is a people-centered person which comes naturally to him. He’s comfortable around people and you sense that quality about him right away. I mention it because he’s leaving and I’m going to miss him for many reasons most of which is that he’s done a wonderful job of keeping this place at the top of all the retirement center/health care charts. This is a highly rated, outstanding facility in every category and operated by top-notch, well-qualified people. You sense that if you live here because you experience a smooth, trouble-free living style that can only come if the place is well-managed. There aren’t any sharp edges to be found.
During his tenure here there are noticeable changes that have occurred that have made the Palace an even better facility. He made a game room in the basement out of a series of small cubby hole offices. The room has a TV, pool table, lounge chairs, popcorn and vending machines.
One of the things that sold me on moving here was the restaurant-style dining that Bill instituted. There is open seating at tables for four or six, linen table cloths and napkins, nice dishes and table ware and comfortable chairs. Diners, with menu in hand, are waited on by a trained wait-staff just as you’d find in a fine restaurant.
One of Bill’s recent changes has been the addition of the Salina Activities and Movie Network (SAMN) communication system and in-house TV channel. There are daily postings to the system that include menus and activities, notices, birthdays, anniversaries, movies, etc.
When I moved to “the hood” and a larger apartment on second floor, it was completely upgraded and renovated. As people move out of the apartments and townhomes, they are being completely renovated for the new resident, thanks to Bill.
Bill also saw the necessity to repave the front parking lot and upgrade the concrete slab around the entry. He included additional outside seating under the main entry canopy.
At Christmas time, Bill hosts his annual Christmas holiday open house with Christmas drinks and treats. I’m really going to miss that as it was a special occasion.
There are many other things he’s done that I’m not remembering…or aware of…that have made us all feel more like we are part of a neighborhood where we care about our neighbors. I’m enormously grateful the Palace is here and I’m living in it. And, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Bill for all he’s done to make this a perfect place for me to be. And, my family members thank him too.
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