With a $4 million modernization project out of the way, new Queen Anne Manor executive director Landon Hale said he’s focused on maintaining high-quality clinical care and increasing the senior living community’s visibility in the neighborhood.

Hale joins Queen Anne Manor roughly a year after Integral Senior Living took over management of the community at 100 Crockett St. Two weeks into the job, Queen Anne News sat down with Hale as the senior living community was undergoing a surprise licensing inspection on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

It’s all fairly standard, he said.

Hale comes to Queen Anne Manor following an 18-month stint with Redmond Heights Senior Living on the Eastside, where he was focused on training young leaders and elevating the community’s programming.

He grew up in Utah, and went to Brigham Young University in Idaho to earn a degree in developmental psychology.

After several years operating long-term mental health residential treatment centers for adolescents and young adults, Hale moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where he earned a license in assisted living community administration.

His wife, Mariah, is from the Pacific Northwest, which is partly why they made the move to Western Washington with their two sons, Hale said.

Hale said he was working in Redmond when a recruiter reached out about the leadership opportunity at Queen Anne Manor; he wasn’t interested at first.

“Finally, I just saw the leader I was training was about ready to take over, so I said, ‘Tell me about this community,’” Hale said.

The historic Queen Anne building was constructed as the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in 1910. The organization later became Seattle Children’s Hospital, and moved off the hill. The building transitioned to an annex school for John Hay Elementary, then a health clinic, county offices and a morgue.

Alpha Care converted it into a retirement home in 1980, and then sold it to the Blake family in 2008. Capitol Seniors Housing acquired Queen Anne Manor for $36.25 million in 2016.

The senior living community underwent a $4 million renovation and modernization over the past several years, which included new flooring, fixtures, wall coverings, dining room furniture, a movie theater, gym and updated salon. A grand reopening celebration was held in February.

When Integrated Senior Living took over management last fall, it brought its suite of programs to Queen Anne Manor.

Hale said he was amazed by the building’s history, and was similarly impressed with the community when he visited the neighborhood prior to accepting the position.

“It was interesting to drive through downtown Seattle, and suddenly you’re in this beautiful little community that’s Queen Anne,” he said.

Hale and his wife grew up in small towns, he said, which is what attracted them to Monroe, where they live with their two sons.

Queen Anne Manor has residents who have lived in the neighborhood their whole lives or run a business here for decades, Hale said.

But the senior living community is still relatively unknown, he said, and competes for visibility with Bayview and Aegis Living in the neighborhood.

“I think our focus is just to get our name out there.”

An average studio unit can cost $4,395 a month, while a large premium unit with private patio space runs around $6,800 per month. Pricing includes all community amenities, meals and 24/7 services.

Hale said Queen Anne Manor offers a more affordable option, and will work with the budget of prospective residents to find a plan that works for them.

“We’re not in the business of draining bank accounts,” he said. “We’re in the business of providing an extended home-like stay and living experience.”

There are several units available currently, and Queen Anne Manor has expanded its dementia unit to include two floors. With average life expectancy now being much higher, Hale said, memory care is being emphasized a lot more in the industry.

“Our goal is to help lift the burden, so family members can go back to being family members,” he said.

Find out more at queenannemanor.com.