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Topeka, Kansas—Brewster Health Center has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Nursing Home for 2023-2024, receiving its “High Performing” rating in Short Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care.
This week US News 2024 Best Nursing Homes released updates, ratings and profiles of more than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities. Brewster Health Center is among the elite 19% of Skilled Nursing Facilities that earned a “High Performing” rating, the highest possible achievement. Also, receiving the honor of Best is Brewster’s Short Term Rehabilitation Center.
In addition to the U.S. News & World Report distinction, the Brewster Health Center is a multi-year winner of the KDADS PEAK Award. This PEAK Award is a designation for Long term Care facilities which sustain person-centered care, recognize accomplishments in resident choice, staff empowerment, a home environment and creating a meaningful life.
Brewster Health Center is part of a continuing care retirement community offering 240 Independent Living residences as well as Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and post-acute Rehabilitation Services. Founded by four Topeka Congregational churches, Brewster is a faith-based, mission-driven not-for-profit organization with a distinguished history and unparalleled reputation for excellence.
In the Beginning . . .
Brewster Place was founded as The Congregational Home for the Aged in 1958.
The cornerstone idea for Brewster Place was conceived in the 1950s when four Congregational churches came together to make life better for seniors. Topekan, Frances Engler and her husband Roy, wanted to provide a comfortable, convenient home for Frances’ aging aunt. The couple took their idea for a senior care home and offer of ten acres of farmland to their pastor, Reverend Ned Burr McKenney.
McKenney worked with the three other Topeka Congregational churches to establish a corporate charter for The Congregational Home in 1958. Though the official corporate name remains The Congregational Home, in 1962 the property became known as Brewster Place to honor early Congregationalist, William Brewster. Brewster, a Mayflower pilgrim and Plymouth Colony leader, was known for his compassion and faith.
Sixty years to the day after ground was first broken on the flagship Redwood building, Brewster began the renovation of the same Redwood building, including adding a sixth floor. The occasion on December 2, 2022 was marked with a colorful “sky” breaking.
Six decades later, compassion and service to seniors is witnessed daily on our beautiful 35 acre campus. Brewster proudly offers nearly 400 residents a wide array of activities, amenities, and innovations to make a positive difference in their lives.