The Living Center senior citizen apartments are owned and operated by Levering Management, Inc.
Levering Management, a local leader in senior care and senior living facilities in Knox County and surrounding areas for more than 50 years, has received recognition for its services from the local, state and national levels.
“We’ve touched the lives of thousands of people over the years,” said William Levering, Chief Executive Officer and President of the company.
Levering’s parents, Bruce and Joan Levering, started the company on May 1, 1956, and opened Hillcrest Nursing Home in an area north of Fredericktown.
Joan Levering said there were practically no nursing homes in this area in the 1950s. They saw a need and believed the industry would develop in the future.
“My husband always had a vision for the future,” she said.
Through a proclamation, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis recently honored the company for providing senior care and independent senior living services to local citizens and employing 200 residents of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
Bill Levering said the company employs over 600 people at its five facilities, which include skilled nursing facilities, a residential assisted living center and independent retirement living facilities in five counties.
While in office, Ohio Senate President Bill Harris honored the company in May 2006 for reaching the prestigious milestone of 50 years of service to the area.
“Levering Management Inc. has earned the gratitude and appreciation of many, and its success is a justifiable source of pride and an outstanding reflection not only on the business itself but also on the astute management of the Levering family, on their hard-working employees and the community,” Harris wrote.
The American Health Care Association, a national organization, also commended Levering Management on its 50th birthday in 2006. Bruce Levering, William Dunn and William Levering have served as elected national leaders of the association.
“Three generations of family members are actively involved in today’s business operations and have been recognized for their progressive development of senior living services in Ohio,” the AHCA letter states.
Bruce Levering also received the AHCA’s Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award in 2004.
In 1967, the Levering’s opened Marion Manor Nursing Home in Marion. That was when William Dunn, the Levering’s longtime friend, joined the company. Dunn was the Administrator at Marion Manor until he retired; his daughter Linn Wade then assumed the Administrator position. In 1974, Levering Management opened Country Court Nursing Center on Coshocton Avenue, and in 1978, the company purchased Morrow Manor Nursing Home in Chesterville. That was the year Bill joined the company, shortly after he graduated from Ashland University. In July 1985, the Levering’s opened the Delaware Court Healthcare Center in Delaware. The Living Center in Mount Vernon opened in February 1986 in the previous Martin Memorial Hospital building as a senior retirement community with 48 apartments.
Bill Levering said the company’s skilled nursing facilities are for individuals who have been discharged from the hospital and require some form of physical, occupational, respiratory or speech therapy service; assisted living centers are designed for people who have had a serious health event but still need assistance; and a retirement living center is a setting for seniors wanting a more independent lifestyle in a secured environment where Social Programs are included.
Other members of the Levering family are involved in the company. Bill’s younger brother, Ken Levering, joined the company in 1995 and is the Delaware Court Healthcare Center administrator and a shareholder. Jeff Levering, another brother, is also a shareholder. Bill’s sister, Cindi, is a shareholder.
Bill Levering said the company places great importance on community involvement. He said children and seniors bond as though they were grandchildren and grandparents. The Living Center is the location of the Mount Vernon Music & Arts Festival’s flower show. Local school classes also come into The Living Center to celebrate the holidays.
Levering said he likes to think of everyone associated with the company as part of the same team. Darlene Yake, for instance, started working for the company over 25 years ago as a part-time, after-school dishwasher. She worked her way up, obtained a degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene College and held several positions over the years. Yake is now the administrator of the Morrow Manor Nursing Center.
According to Levering, the company has a relatively high level of job retention.
“I could tell you story after story about staff members who have gone above and beyond for residents,” he said.
Joan Levering said that during the blizzard of 1978, the staff stayed at the facilities around the clock to care for residents. She also said the company has always stressed and encouraged education. Our facilities have always been training sites for students in various fields.
Bill Levering said the company offers employee scholarship programs geared mainly toward helping people become nurses. The company also has programs to help seniors cope with and overcome health conditions, including Healthy Heart Cardiac Care, Orthopedic Rehabilitation Therapy, Pulmonary Care, Memory Care and Transitional Return to Home Therapy.
The healthy heart program provides care for patients who have recently left the hospital after an event like a heart attack. The staff helps educate the patients and their families about how to live successfully with the condition—Levering Management partners with Knox Community Hospital for the program.
Bill Levering said providing quality care for residents and patients is the company’s highest priority.
“For many people, we are like an extended family through our staff,” he said.