Good Samaritan will become SunPorch Dodge City.

The senior assisted living facility located at 501 W. Beeson Rd. in Dodge City has been donated to non-profit operator SunPorch.

"This will allow for the continuation of senior care and services in the community, provided by another experienced, non-profit operator," said regional vice president of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Randy Fitzgerald in a press release.

Founded in 2009 by John Grace, SunPorch has begun the transition for residents and employees on the redesign of the senior facility through the Green House Project.

"Our philosophy at SunPorch is a simple beautiful life," said Grace. "I encourage families to ask 'What would I want if I lived with others in a care setting?'

"Simple choices like a private room, freshly prepared meals, opportunities for socializing, to grow emotionally, spiritually and have a meaningful life each and every day.

"I would want people caring for me who are trained and caring."

The concept of the Green House model is long-term care designed to transform traditional skilled-nursing facilities into small homes of eight to 12 residents instead of the large facility with multiple residents, the press release said.

Private rooms and bathrooms will be available off of a central area designed for cooking, eating socializing and activities for each resident.

The Green House model was created by physician and entrepreneur Dr. Bill Thomas.

"Our short-term and long-term goals ensure that the Dodge City facility will be a state-of-the-art center of excellence in elder care to meet the needs of local seniors, while providing well paying, stable jobs for local residents for many years to come," said Grace. "We are committed to SunPorch’s mission which is to meet the needs of seniors in rural communities."

According to the press release, the outcomes experienced by Green House residents include improvements in privacy, dignity and emotional well-being.

Green House residents maintain self-care abilities longer, experience less depression and fewer are bed-bound.

Families are more satisfied with the quality of meals, the cleanliness of the home and delivery of care along with being very happy with the home-like environment.

Green House staff report higher job satisfaction and increased likelihood of remaining in their jobs.

Visit the website for the Green House Project at www.thegreenhouseproject.org for more information.

The public is invited to tour the Dodge City facility any time.

For more information and to set up a tour, stop in at 501 W. Beeson Rd. or call 620-227-7512.

For more on SunPorch visit their website at www.sunporch.org.

To contact the writer email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com