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It is our MISSION to serve all through love and support for a lifetime. While families of aging adults may struggle with the thought of transitioning their loved ones to senior living, little do they know that our residents consider their decision to come home to Magnolia Manor to be one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.

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Our VISION for our Magnolia Manor communities is all about life and living. This vision initially began in 1947 with a generous donation of 392 acres of land specifically designated to establish a home for the elderly in Southern Georgia. This selfless donation provided a firm foundation from which we have grown and flourished.

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As a nonprofit, faith-focused senior living organization, every decision we make is grounded by our VALUES and evaluated according to its potential to benefit Magnolia Manor residents. Our commitment to our faith tradition is evident in the high levels of participation in multiple worship services, Bible studies, and other activities led by on-site chaplains. 

  • Commitment to our faith tradition
  • Dignity, respect, care, and compassion for all
  • Integrity through excellence
  • Healthy mind, body, and spirit
  • Creative change and constant improvement 
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League of the Good Samaritan

The cornerstone of all Magnolia Manor ministry initiatives is The League of the Good Samaritan. The League is composed of donors who are seeking to follow the compassionate example of the Samaritan in Jesus’ parable (Luke 10: 25-37) and provide for the shelter and care of neighbors in need.

The League fund enables us to keep the promise that has defined us from the very beginning of this ministry: No one will ever have to leave Magnolia Manor due to their inability, through no fault of their own, to fully pay for the cost of their care.

"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something."

The needs of senior adults grow every year. With those growing needs, the cost of keeping this promise of the League of the Good Samaritan increases. To “secure the promise” for future residents, it is essential to fully fund the League. Extend the loving hands of care to a senior adult, by supporting the League of the Good Samaritan. This critically important fund addresses one of the greatest security fears of older adults: Will I outlive my financial resources in retirement?


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Our Story

In the late 1950s, the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church commissioned an internal study on the needs of the elderly in South Georgia. The study identified the need for safe, secure housing along with long-term care for the elderly. Magnolia Manor evolved from the South Georgia Methodists’ commitment to establish a ministry to address these needs. That ministry expands across denominations and geographical boundaries, embracing residents from all walks of life.

Kate Witte, a long-time resident of Americus, also believed in the idea of a home for the aging. When she passed away in 1947, she left a bequest of 392 acres specifically designated to provide a home for the elderly. A group of Americus citizens honored her request and formed the Rock of Ages Foundation to operate a home. In 1959, the Rock of Ages Foundation deeded the land to the South Georgia Methodist Home for the Aging, Inc., known from its inception as Magnolia Manor.

Opening its doors in 1963, Magnolia Manor soon became recognized as a leader in retirement living. First, the Retirement Center provided personal care and soon after the Nursing Center provided skilled nursing care. Over the next forty years, additions to the Americus campus included the Martha McDonald Moore Memorial Chapel, fifty Garden Apartments, six Ministerial Cottages, twenty-two Villas, twenty Edgewood Apartments, eight Lake Drive Cottages, the Mattie H. Marshall Alzheimer’s Center, the Thomas O. Marshall Jr. Administration Center within the Pitts Building, the Clarke W. Duncan Wellness Center and a stand-alone laundry to meet the growing needs of the Americus community.

In 1983, Magnolia Manor expanded its ministry from Americus to Macon, Georgia with the addition of 120 one- and two-bedroom apartments for the low-income elderly. In 1996, expansion began in Macon with sixteen villas. Later twenty-four Supportive Housing apartments and a Resident Life Center were added and in the Summer of 2009, another expansion resulted in twenty-four one- and two- bedroom personal care apartments. Magnolia Manor’s ministry grew over the years with locations in Richmond Hill, Columbus, Moultrie, St. Marys, Buena Vista, St. Simons Island, and most recently Midway, Georgia. Over the last five decades thousands of South Georgians have called Magnolia Manor; Every day the organization’s nine campuses meet the needs of almost 1,500 individuals in the areas of independent living, personal care, assisted living, catered care, skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s and specialized memory care; Magnolia Manor’s family includes 1,300 employees dedicated to this United Methodist Ministry for Older Adults.

Magnolia Manor’s mission is to offer an environment for older adults who need or desire a quality lifestyle that provides for their social, spiritual, mental, and physical needs in a nurturing and loving Christian atmosphere.

January 18, 2024

Angela High of the Magnolia Manor Americus Nursing Center Named 2024 GHCA Administrator of the Year

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September 4, 2023

Magnolia Manor of Americus Pioneers Virtual Skills Testing Program to Certify Temporary Nurse Aides

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June 26, 2023

Magnolia Manor of Macon Earns AHCA/NCAL 2023 Silver - Achievement in Quality Award

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December 1, 2022

Magnolia Manor of Marion County Earned Recognition as a U.S. News Best Nursing Home

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October 27, 2022

Magnolia Manor of St. Simons Island Scarecrow Alley Brings Halloween Fun

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October 4, 2022

Magnolia Manor of Marion County's Tina Gray Named GSAP Activity Professional of the Year

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May 27, 2022

Magnolia Manor Earns the AHCA/NCAL Bronze Quality Award

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May 23, 2022

Magnolia Manor Representatives Lend Industry Knowledge at the AHCA Quality Summit

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Awards for Senior Living


  • Americus Mattie H. Marshall Memory Care Center, Assisted Living - Tier 4
  • Magnolia Manor of Marion County (Buena Vista), Skilled Nursing - Tier 4
  • Magnolia Manor on the Coast (Richmond Hill), Assisted Living - Tier 4
  • Columbus East, Skilled Nursing - Tier 3
  • St. Simons Island, Assisted Living - Tier 3
  • St. Simons Island, Skilled Nursing - Tier 3
  • Columbus, Assisted Living - Tier 2
  • Macon, Assisted Living - Tier 2
  • Moultrie, Assisted Living - Tier 2
  • Americus Retirement Center, Assisted Living - Tier 1
  • Americus, Skilled Nursing - Tier 1
  • Columbus West, Skilled Nursing - Tier 1
  • St. Marys, Assisted Living - Tier 1

Magnolia Manor on the Coast (Richmond Hill) recognized as one of Bryan County's favorite businesses

  • Americus Skilled Nursing – 5 stars in quality, 5 stars overall
  • Columbus East Skilled Nursing – 5 stars in quality, 5 stars overall
  • Columbus West Skilled Nursing – 4 stars in quality, 4 stars overall
  • Magnolia Manor of Marion County – 5 stars in quality, 4 stars overall
  • St. Simons Island – 5 stars in quality, 2 stars overall

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  • Magnolia Manor of Marion County


  • Americus Mattie H. Marshall Memory Care Center
  • Magnolia Manor of Columbus East
  • Magnolia Manor of Columbus West
  • Americus Nursing Center


  • Americus Skilled Nursing Center
  • Americus Retirement Center
  • Magnolia Manor of Columbus Assisted Living
  • Magnolia Manor on the Coast
  • Magnolia Manor South
  • Magnolia Manor of Midway
  • Americus Nursing Center Administrator Susie Fussell

  • Magnolia Manor Corporate Compliance Director Barbara Mitchell