Anderson County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions Program Welcomes New Therapist

Garnett, Ks. – Anderson County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions is pleased to welcome Mary Sumner, LMSW, as the new program therapist.

Senior Life Solutions, an intensive outpatient group therapy program, is designed to meet the 
unique needs of older adults, typically 65 years and older, struggling with depression or anxiety
often related to a difficult life transition, a recent health diagnosis, or losing a loved one.

As a program therapist, Mary Sumner provides therapeutic services for patients utilizing group, 
individual, and family therapy sessions. She will focus on quality patient care and the provision 
of services ordered by a physician. Sumner, a licensed master's level social worker since 2000, 
brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role. Having earned both her bachelor's and 
master's degrees from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, she has honed her skills through 
extensive work with state agencies and private institutions. Her diverse background includes 
positions as a case manager, program director, therapist, and school counselor.

Sumner is excited to work at Anderson County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions and serve the 
community she calls home. She grew up on a farm near Richmond, Kansas, and returned to the 
area to live and raise her family but has always traveled outside the county for work. She 
appreciates the opportunity to pour her time and energy into the people and community that has 
always been a part of her.

“While my experience includes serving people of all ages, this will be my first opportunity to 
focus solely on therapy and mental health services for older adults,” shared Sumner. “I know 
there is a stigma around mental health, especially for our senior population, but there doesn’t 
have to be. We’ve got a great team and will be working hard to let people know about our 
program, the positive changes that we can foster, and that it’s okay to ask for help.”

In addition to Sumner, the Anderson County Hospital Senior Life Solutions team includes 
program director Kristen Springston and office patient coordinator Shelley Long who provides 
administrative and clerical services for program staff and assists patients with care needs.
As program director, Springston is responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of 
program staff to ensure quality patient care and provides community education to create 
awareness of the program. 

“When I see former Senior Life Solutions patients out in the community and enjoying life, it 
gives me a true sense of purpose and reminds me why I do what I do every day,” said 

“As we get older, it’s normal to experience an illness, to lose some physical abilities, to be more 
dependent on others, or to lose a loved one, but overwhelming feelings of sadness, guilt, or 
hopelessness are not a normal part of aging. We can help work through that.”
Family members, friends, clergy, physicians, or other health professionals can refer individuals 
to the program. Individuals can also self-refer. For information on Anderson County Hospital’s 
Senior Life Solutions program, call 785-204-8043 or visit

About Senior Life Solutions
Founded in 2003, Senior Life Solutions is managed by Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC), a 
leading behavioral healthcare management company. PMC manages inpatient behavioral health 
units, intensive outpatient programs, and telehealth services in more than 25 states. For more 
information, visit

About Anderson County Hospital
Anderson County Hospital is a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, which consists of 14 area 
hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, 
outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our 
mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the 
advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in 
which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and 
spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.