An important announcement about Norterre, now an official part of Liberty Hospital.
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Norterre Announcement Press Release FINAL

The Heart and Vision

Norterre is the first community of its kind born from a vision where young families, active adults, and seniors can live, heal, and play together all in one interconnected neighborhood. Norterre is about bringing people together and not isolating them by age or ability or state of health. At Norterre, a grandmother can play with her grandson while Mom finds her Chi in a yoga class. An aspiring athlete can find his inner motivation by helping a Dad recovering from knee surgery, next to a professional athlete training for a marathon. Knowing that we are all in this together, Norterre serves as the inspiration to discover the best you can be.

Norterre was born from a group of lifestyle innovators and medical experts who care deeply about how people live. With deep experience in healthy living, multigenerational residences and healthcare, they decided to work together and create something special. The result is a new kind of community that will bring even more pride to the City of Liberty and the entire Northland area.


Our mission is to create a positive, long-lasting, far-reaching impact on the entire community – Liberty, Clay County and the Northland. This is not just about healthcare or exercise or housing; it’s about giving our residents and members everything they need to be their absolute best – mentally, physically and spiritually.

Living At Norterre


“Over the last two decades, we’ve guided hundreds of organizations across the country in their transformation from institutional care settings into vibrant households. Now we’re expanding this revolution to multigenerational neighborhoods and services within a fully integrated healthy living community,” says Steve Shields, Chairman and Managing Director of Norterre. “Norterre gives different generations the opportunity to improve their health together and inspire one another. Norterre brings us a step closer to redefining not only the culture of aging, but the culture of living it.”

Steve is an international thought and action leader in the creation of innovative models in intergenerational living. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop presenter on leadership and transformation in multigenerational living and hospital care. He was formerly the President and CEO of Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, KS, an internationally known senior living provider that, under Steve’s leadership, pioneered and shaped the “Household Model” in the 1990s – bringing heart into the home.

Along with LaVrene Norton, Steve co-authored the book, “In Pursuit of the Sunbeam: a Practical Guide to Transformation from Institution to Household,” which is currently in its sixth printing and has sold in all 50 states and a number of foreign countries. He also co-authored “The Household Model Business Case,” a definitive work establishing viability of this model in long-term care – the foundation of the residences at Norterre.

Steve is an emeritus board member of the Fort Hays State University Foundation, a founder of the Pioneer Network of Rochester, NY, and has served on many local, state and national boards. He also taught leadership in long-term care for 17 years at Kansas State University.

Norterre is a community for families and people of all ages to find both unity and solitude in a comfortable, warm environment. Kids will play together and adults will share life together through activities and daily living. Norterre is a neighborhood for all aspects of healthy living created in a way that will make everyone rethink how we live, heal, play and age in America. Norterre is home.

Health & Wellness


Norterre is a place where you find your emotional soul to a happier you.