By NANCY MOORE
Public Relations Coordinator, Montereau
RESIDENT CELEBRATION: Standing at the Montereau 15th Anniversary banner are residents, from left, Reba McClanahan, owner of Myers-Duren Harley Davidson; Dr. Gene Callahan, former Superintendent and CEO of Tulsa Tech; and Kathleen Coan, former Director of the Tulsa Area United Way.
Founded in 2003 by The William K. Warren Foundation, Montereau has earned a reputation for raising the bar for Life Plan communities and takes pride in providing its residents a complete plan for their future in a secure and worry-free environment.
Reba McClanahan, Montereau resident and owner of Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson, emphasizes that the security Montereau provides enables residents to feel safe and protected. She also appreciates the continuum of healthcare offered.
“You never know what tomorrow will bring so it’s important to be prepared,” she says. “The levels of care provided at Montereau ensure that I do not have to worry about moving again.”
Montereau was designed as a resort-style community for older adults to continue to live an active lifestyle in a way that represents their values, spirit and style.
Former director of the Tulsa Area United Way, Kathleen Coan, enjoys living the Montereau Lifestyle. “As soon as I walked through the doors for the first time, I knew I loved it here and that it was a place where I could truly retire,” says Coan. “The facility is upscale, elegant and very livable. With a large variety of interesting things to do, there is always plenty going on – from presentations to events and committees. You can be as involved as you want to be.”
As a local, not-for-profit corporation, all decisions pertaining to the campus community are made locally by Montereau’s leadership team and board of directors. President and Chief Executive Officer, David Murlette, has been with Montereau for the past 12 years. His background in senior living extends back to 1990. He recently completed his tenure as the board chair for Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and is a past board member for LeadingAge Oklahoma, as well.
The Warren relationship with Montereau has continued over the years with John-Kelly C. Warren serving as the current board chairman. As someone who understands the importance of good leadership, Coan appreciates well-organized management, noting, “The leadership team runs a smooth ship. The staff are marvelous – so attuned to the residents.”
The campus, nestled at 71st Street and Sheridan Avenue, has grown considerably over the years. Significant development has been through two planned phases. Phase one developed 232 residential apartments and 22 garden homes.
As a Continuous Care Life Plan Community, designated living also includes assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care known as The Villa, The Chateau, and The Abbey, respectively.
The Groundbreaking of phase two took place in 2010. The celebration of Montereau’s expansion was themed a “More Magnificent Montereau” and marked a major milestone in its development plan.
Phase two development encompassed building 62 additional residential apartments along with 12 well-appointed garden homes.
The plan also added living space in The Villa, The Chateau, and The Abbey, which provide assisted living care, skilled nursing and long-term care, and memory care, respectively.
Many wellness-focused amenities were added, too, including a first-floor commons area, an inter-denominational chapel, exercise studio, fitness center, and full-service Spa and Spa Café.
The sixth-floor commons additions feature a 35-seat movie cinema, a library and a bar called the City View Lounge. The lounge is truly the “cherry on top” of Montereau and takes full advantage of its positioning by offering breathtaking views of downtown Tulsa.
Next month, Montereau will begin yet another development project to include planned renovations of all the restaurants, implementing new concepts like a pizza kitchen, coffee bar and upscale steakhouse offering organic grass-fed beef and locally sourced ingredients.
Montereau is home to more than 550 residents from not only the Tulsa area, but 26 states outside of Oklahoma. Gene Callahan, retired superintendent and of Tulsa Technology Center, appreciates the wide variety of people from various backgrounds.
“Montereau is a special place for my wife Ava and me,” Callahan says. “We have an interesting cross section of people who live here, and they all have a story to tell. We have made many new friends, and learning about their lives and their stories makes it a wonderful place to call home.”
For additional information or to check out the Top 15 Milestones at Montereau from its first 15 years, visit www.Montereau.net.