Accura HealthCare of Manning employees and residents gather together for the facility's ribbon cutting June 10. Ted LeNeave (left, from) cuts the ribbon during the ceremony and grill-out outside of Accura HealthCare of Manning. (Photo provided by Tyffany Hopkins)
Accura HealthCare of Manning employees and residents gather together for the facility's ribbon cutting June 10. Ted LeNeave (left, from) cuts the ribbon during the ceremony and grill-out outside of Accura HealthCare of Manning. (Photo provided by Tyffany Hopkins)

June 21, 2019

On a blustery, wintry day, Ted LeNeave drove to Manning to meet with residents who were fighting to save the city’s nursing home, which was about to close.

Unsure of what to expect, LeNeave was met by loyal community members who were determined to help the downtown area continue to grow and prosper.

When LeNeave saw the love and passion the people of Manning shared for their city, he knew he could not turn away from Manning without trying to help the facility.

So he decided to give it a shot.

On May 1, Accura HealthCare of Manning took over the Manning Plaza nursing home. The nursing home is one of 20 Iowa facilities, including a location in Carroll, that LeNeave, the chief executive officer of Accura, and his brother Tom operate together.

To celebrate its success so far, Accura HealthCare of Manning held a ribbon cutting and barbecue June 10. During the grill-out, hundreds of Manning residents stopped by to grab a burger, tour the facility and meet the Accura staff.

During his first visit to Manning, LeNeave instantly fell in love with the downtown area and the people of Manning, he said, adding that he found Manning different from other small Iowa cities.

“I started talking to people and just thought, this is the central part of all of the parades that start here, (and) they have all of the activities (here),” LeNeave said. “I said, if this building goes empty, it’s going to really hurt this town.”

When LeNeave first arrived in Manning, he met with Kevin Boyle, the senior vice president of Templeton Savings Bank, who has lived in Manning for more than 30 years.

After the Manning Regional Healthcare Center decided to close its nursing home, Manning residents such as Boyle were faced with the possibility of losing their assisted-living facility and close a Main Street business. They did not know what to do or who to contact.

“Just by luck, we ran into someone that knew Ted and his group,” Boyle said. “It has just been an absolute blessing for Main Street, our community (and) the residents of our Plaza. It’s like a family. They’re an outstanding business.”

In order to help the nursing home settle into Manning and begin caring for the residents, a few Manning residents donated $26,000 to Accura HealthCare of Manning. Now, that money sits in a separate bank account and will only be used for certain events or projects for the residents, LeNeave said.

“It was the community that brought me here,” he said. “The community found us, and when they met us, they said, ‘We don’t want to have any more meetings. We want Accura to take the company.’ ”

Since Accura moved into the space, everything has been going well, LeNeave said. The resident population is steadily increasing, and the facility has been able to continue working with the local pharmacy. Accura is licensed to have 46 beds for its patients and currently has 33 residents.

People are getting to know Accura and that we are here,” LeNeave said. “The community, like I said, has been amazing. We want the culture to be consistent with the community, so they are very much able to control their culture. It was really the people of Manning that blew us away. This was one that we couldn’t let shut down.”