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Our History

Summercrest was founded in 1996 by local Newport businessmen – Joe Davidson, Bill Hoyt, George Kelley, John McCrillis, Ed Rochford, Sam Saggiotes and Vern Violette, along with Valley Regional Healthcare.


Summercrest opened in 1998 and offered 36 apartments with services provided by home health agencies. Many greater Newport area seniors were now able to find supportive housing locally, and enjoy Summercrest’s inviting living spaces including a well-stocked library, activity room, dining room, sunrooms and hair salon, while also participating in many social activities.


Managed by Grand Senior Living, Summercrest added The Seasons memory care program in 2008.


Today, after our second expansion in 2020, we now offer accommodations for a total of 78 residents, 60 independent and assisted living apartments and 18 in our memory care assisted living program.


For over two decades Summercrest has maintained high resident satisfaction and a reputation for quality care and services. Our long-tenured leadership team and caring staff have created a welcoming environment with relations between staff and residents being that of extended family.


Today, Summercrest remains locally owned and privately operated in partnership with Steve Gunnerson, Hospital Hill Realty, Grand Senior Living and Valley Regional Healthcare.


“The key to our success is no secret. It’s being part of the community and serving the needs of the people in it”.  Vern Violette

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