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Morning Sun
  • Sunset Manor bought by Medicalodges

  • A landmark nursing home in Frontenac will soon have a new owner and a new name.



    Sunset Manor, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility, has been sold to Medicalodges Inc., effective March 1. The facility has been in the ownership of the Knaup family since its inception in 1967.

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  • A landmark nursing home in Frontenac will soon have a new owner and a new name.
    Sunset Manor, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility, has been sold to Medicalodges Inc., effective March 1. The facility has been in the ownership of the Knaup family since its inception in 1967.
    Kevin Knaup, Sunset Manor’s administrator, said the decision did not come easily.
    “My mom and my two brothers and I decided last fall that we ought to look into putting the business up for sale,” Knaup said. “There were some regulatory changes with KanCare and other regulatory requirements that made us feel like now was a good time, after 45 years of business, to see if any companies were interested in buying Sunset Manor.”
    Sunset Manor began when Kevin’s parents, Ray and JoAnn Knaup, purchased a 12-bed home in the late 1960s.
    Kevin Knaup said that several companies were considered, and said in an email to staff that because Sunset Manor has always been home for its residents, that “we would never compromise what that means by allowing an unfeeling corporation to take us over.”
    “We narrowed it to two, and we went with Medicalodges. They’re the best fit for what we were wanting. We felt more comortable with them, and they already have ties to the Frontenac/Pittsburg area,” Knaup said.
    Medicalodges Inc., based in Coffeyville, operates a combined 30-plus locations, from long-term care facilities to assisted living facilities. The company recently celebrated 50 years in business, and has close to 2,300. Even more important to Knaup was that the company is employee-owned.
    “When employees own the company they work for, they perform with higher standards of care and concern — and that’s just what we want for the future of Sunset Manor,” Knaup said in the email to staff.
    As far as the name Sunset Manor, Knaup said that is expected to change, but the negotiations are still ongoing as to what that would be or when the transition will occur.
    “JoAnn, Kevin, Mike, and Dan [Knaup] have operated an excellent facility and have significantly contributed to the well-being of the residents of the Frontenac and Pittsburg area,” said Galen Cox, president and CEO of Medicalodges in a press release. “It is our plan to continue to provide the community with the same type of excellent care.”
    Kevin Knaup had one other message for the community — thanks.
    “We just want to thank the community and employees past and present who got us to this point. I consider all the families, and they’ve all been very, very nice families. We consider them part of our family,” Knaup said. “After 45 years, we’ve seen a couple generations of people. Parents, then them. A lot of volunteers have done so much for us. I appreciate everyone, both families and staff.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 140.

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