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Elkhorn, NE: Solar Eclipse at the Home Office

The Home Office pauses to observe history in the making.  Thanks to all of the team members who made it a safe and memorable day for the residents they serve.  This is a bright example of our vision to create Quality Life! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, […]

Elkhorn, NE: BUDDIES FOREVER Making Impact on Quality Life and Quality Care at Vetter Senior Living Communities

In the Fall of 2012 Vetter Senior Living communities heard the call to challenge ourselves to re-think how we provide dementia education. At that time the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care was beginning to roll out goals for reductions in the off-label use of anti-psychotics for residents with dementia. The American Health Care Association […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vetter Team Member Presents Dementia Care Training for Nebraska Health Care Association

Vetter is known for dedication to providing our elders with Quality Life and Quality Care, specifically for those individuals with dementia. Cameo Rogers, CTRS, CDP, CDCM, CADDCT, Life Enrichment Coordinator for Vetter Health Services is an approved instructor to teach the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar Curriculum through the National Council of Certified Dementia […]

Home Office: Residents at Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center Hear From Their State Senator

Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center was proud to receive a visit from State Senator Mark Kolterman and his wife Suzanne, and help facilitate a conversation with residents. Senator Kolterman, whose district includes Seward and York,visited with residents and shared his view on the recently ended session of the Nebraska Legislature, “We had a productive session, […]

Home Office: Everyone Wins at 17th Annual Vetter Foundation Golf Classic

The 2017 Vetter Foundation Golf Classic is now history – for 17 fabulous years, the Vetter Foundation has been privileged to host the event. This year, more than 200 golfers and 100 volunteers converged on the Iron Horse Golf Club in Ashland, Nebraska. It was a day filled with fun, fellowship, and golf. As Glenn […]

Elkhorn, NE: Leadership For Life

May 10, 2107 “Joe Sturgeon and Karen Zelensky Graduate from Leadership For Life” May 10, 2017 was a special day for the VHS family as we watched Joe Sturgeon, Network Administrator at Vetter Health Services and Karen Zelensky, Director of Nursing at Brookestone Village, graduate from Leadership for Life.  Leadership for Life is a unique […]

Celebrating How Our Heroes Touch the Lives of Others

Vetter Health Services has been delivering quality care to seniors for over 40 years. We pride ourselves on providing quality living options and care to seniors throughout all of our 30 locations. We celebrate the heroes that work for us and dedicate their lives in caring for others. Charles Devlin said it best in the following quote, “Every day […]

Home Office: Vetter Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The Neosho County Community College Mary Grimes School of Nursing, Garnett, Kansas, was recently notified of a scholarship opportunity made possible through the efforts of the Vetter Foundation in memory of an employee, the late Jon Covault. The scholarships, given to four nursing students, were funded by memorial money donated to The Vetter Foundation by […]

Elkhorn, NE: Family Serving Family

Sometimes it takes more than a village to achieve a task. This past week, the team at Rose Lane Home experienced some personal events that required them to take time from the community. I asked the Health Informatics Managers from Tiffany Square in Grand Island and in Brookefield Park in St. Paul, NE to step […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vetter Health Services Celebrates Life Enrichment Professionals for Dedication to Quality Life

John Wooden once said, “Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” Life Enrichment Professionals are true believers in the words of John Wooden, and each day work on helping older adults overcome barriers to functional recreation, leisure, and social engagement. These talented VHS team members are being celebrated […]

Van Donation Changes Family’s Life

“Dignity in Life” came in the form of a refurbished ramp van for a ten-year-old girl and her family thanks to a donation from Vetter Health Services and Mobility for Humanity. Todd Vetter, VHS executive assistant, had the honor of presenting the van to Karin Ridgeway, the young girl’s mother, on January 24. According to […]

Elkhorn, NE: Merry Christmas

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Team: We are returning from two days in Branson where we enjoyed time with dear friends, Jerry and Joy, exploring Silver Dollar City, wondered at the Christmas light drive-through at Shepherd of the Hills and  enjoyed the amenities of Chateau on the Lake, a gift to us compliments of Africa’s Hope.    This trip was wrapped […]

A Fond Farewell and New Beginnings for the Financial Services Team

When the ball drops, the confetti settles, and 2016 is officially in the books, Joani Schelm, Chief Financial Officer will retire from her position with Vetter Health Services – drawing her 18 years of service to a close.  Joani joined the VHS Family as the Corporate Treasurer in September 1998 when Eldora Vetter announced she […]

Golden Heights Becomes Parkview Heights

Thirty years ago Jack Vetter took ownership of Golden Heights Living Center. Jack and the VHS team saw potential in the small, vacant building with an out-dated interior and traditional nursing home layout. Because of their vision and hard work a large, modern skilled nursing and rehabilitation center serves the community of Garnett, Kansas with […]

Home Office: Brookestone View Ribbon Cutting and Open House

On Thursday, October 27, only fourteen months after breaking ground, hundreds of areas residents streamed through the doors to tour the new Brookestone View skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Broken Bow, Nebraska. The open house and ribbon cutting ceremony provided area residents, and families of loved ones who will be residing there, the opportunity […]

Home Office: Broken Bow, NE: Teamwork is the Key to putting the “View” in Brookestone View

The VHS Home Office set up team has begun work at Brookestone View this week in Broken Bow. Carole Engelmann is the set up coordinator for this project. She has done an outstanding job of coordinating the deliveries and the manpower necessary for all the installation work. Carole expressed her gratitude in saying, “this was […]

Katie Frederick 2016 Nebraska Nursing Home Administrator of the Year

Katie Frederick, Administrator at Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk, NE has been named Administrator of the Year by the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA). Frederick accepted the award at the NNFA/NALA Awards Banquet held on September 21. The Award recognizes Administrators for their outstanding contributions to the well-being of Nebraska’s nursing facility residents. During […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vetter Health Services – Bright Star Awards!

The In the Loop Team is happy to announce the 2016 Bright Star Awards winners for each community based on the World Class stories they wrote to share with the world on In the Loop. The awards were announced at the annual Fall Conference and presented to administrators in attendance. In the Loop is the […]

Home Office: Team Members Impressed with Convoy of Hope Tour

Members of the Vetter Health Services team attending the VHS Fall Conference in Branson, Missouri were treated to a warm reception and eye-opening tour of one of the larger organizations supported by the Vetter Foundation, Convoy of Hope, located in Springfield, Missouri. Convoy of Hope works with churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to […]

Home Office: Cameo Rogers Received the 2016 Distinguished Educator Award

Elkhorn, NE – Cameo Rogers, life enrichment coordinator for Vetter Health Services, has been selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Educator Recognition Award by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practicioners (NCCDP). Several associates of Cameo submitted meritorious examples of how she motivated her students and fellow team members through her dedication, passion, and transcendent […]

Home Office: Vetter Foundation Supports Bringing a Story of Family, Love, and The Impact of Dementia in the Movie It Snows All The Time

Erich Hover, originally from Omaha approached the Vetter Foundation a couple of years ago and shared his passion for getting his family’s story shared on the silver screen. Erich’s father, Ed was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia at age 58. Frontotemporal dementia significantly impacts social behavior and emotions. There are also major deficits in expressive and […]

Home Office: In the Dry

Construction is progressing despite cold weather, snow and blowing winds in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Brookestone View is “in the dry” as of the middle of February. What does that mean? All the wall and roof framing is complete. All the wall and roof sheathing has been installed. All the windows have been installed…thus, we are […]

Home Office: Best Place to Work 2016

Survey determines Vetter Health Services 2016 Best Places to Work in Omaha® Omaha, Nebraska, February 19, 2016— Best Places to Work in Omaha survey founder, Baird Holm LLP, along with program sponsor, The Greater Omaha Chamber, are announcing – and applauding – the two-tiered slate of 2016 winners. Companies with 25 to 200 employees: 1. Prime […]

Vetter Health Services Recognized as one of Best Omaha Workplaces

By Howard K. Marcus / World-Herald staff writer A workforce of people who are satisfied with their jobs is the goal for local companies. These workers, known as engaged employees, typically trust their co-workers, feel the company’s goals are aligned with their own and believe they are part of a team that works well. Top […]

Elkhorn, NE: Valentine Surprise

The office was a buzz with commotion, a note on the master calendar said a “surprise visit.” Who could it be? What could it be? As a Valentine Surprise, from our quality partner, Lynn McCormack from Identity Marketing treated the Vetter Health Services Home Office to a serenade by a singing barbershop quartet. Along with […]

Elkhorn, NE: Building More Than a Home

During the last week in January, a VHS team of eight embarked on a remarkable journey to make a difference in the lives of one family in San Luis, Mexico. For Vicki and Carlos and their children, Yessica (15), Carlos (13), Ezau (12) and Ebein (2), the word “home” has taken on a new meaning. […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vetter Health Services Celebrates Recreational Therapy Month!

Vetter Health Services (VHS) is proud to honor our Recreational Therapists, and Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialists in the month of February. These professionals are skilled in the provision of recreation and leisure as treatment to help individuals achieve and maintain the highest practicable level of well-being. Porter and Burlingame (2006) define recreation as activity; leisure […]

Elkhorn, NE: Shari Terry is Promoted to Chief Quality Officer for Vetter Health Services

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Elkhorn, NE – Glenn Van Ekeren, President of Vetter Health Services (VHS), announced that Shari Terry has been promoted as the Chief Quality Officer. The Chief Quality Officer serves on the VHS leadership team that guides the company’s overall strategic plans and development. This key role will ensure all VHS policies, processes and procedures flow […]

Home Office: Home Office Team and PEP Club Get Into the Holiday Mode with Christmas Spirit Week

The holiday fun started on Monday, December 14th with CHRISTMAS HEAD GEAR or ELF YOURSELF, most of us even found out what our “Elf Names” were too! On Tuesday many people show to show their “bling” side of things by ACCESSORIZING THEMSELVES (Ties, Earrings, Scarves, Broche)! Wednesday, December 16th was a very creative tribute to […]

Home Office: It Was Truly an Inspirational Day – Repurposing Can Be the Greater Blessing

Todd Vetter writes – still overcome by a wonderful experience. Todd is the Executive Assistant to VHS and a member of the board of Mobility for Humanity, the philanthropic company for Mark Zack’s company Mobility Motoring. Mark is a very special friend and a Vetter Health Services Quality Partner who equips our facility resident vans […]

Home Office: Vetter Health Services Team Giving Back

The Food Basket Program through the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce works to provide over 400 food baskets to those in need in Western Douglas County during the holidays so everyone can have a holiday meal. Contact is made with area schools to help with food donations and letters are mailed out to ask […]

Home Office: Southlake Village Honored by It’s Never 2 Late for Interdisciplinary Engagement Using Technology

Jack York, Founder and CEO of It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), a Colorado based company dedicated to providing dignity through technology to seniors was moved by a recent story he observed on the VHS In The Loop Website. iN2L sponsored a contest for communities to submit their best stories of how the iN2L computer systems […]

Home Office: Golden Heights Honored For Sharing Gift of Music By It’s Never 2 Late

Jack York, Founder and CEO of It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), a Colorado based company dedicated to providing dignity through technology to seniors was moved by a recent story he observed on the VHS In The Loop Website. iN2L sponsored a contest for communities to submit their best stories of how the iN2L computer systems […]

Home Office: Changing the View of Long Term Care through Political Advocacy

The representative for Nebraska’s 2nd District, Congressman Brad Ashford visited with constituents in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday September 5, 2015. The event titled, “Coffee with your Congressman” provided a venue for Omaha citizens to share about issues and legislation of interest. Cameo Rogers, CTRS, Life Enrichment Coordinator for Vetter Health Services attended the event to […]

Lincoln, NE: Remembering Mr. Jerome (Jerry) Milder

This is a reflection to the passing of a friend who was a significant part of our Sumner Place history. Jerome (Jerry) Milder passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at the age of 98. Somewhere in the year 1984 Jerry Milder placed a call to Jack Vetter. They scheduled a time to have conversation. Jerry […]

Elkhorn, NE: “The Heart Of Our Child Is Always Within Us”

This is certainly reflected in the latest bronze in Jack and Eldora’s collection that arches the bridge in front of the Vetter Health Services Home Office. “I saw this bronze and it moved me,” said Jack. “I don’t purchase art unless it has an impact on me personally. Eldora and I enjoy children. We always […]

Home Office: Mission is ‘Dignity in Life’

Written by Mike Whye, World-Herald Correspondent Reprinted with permission by Omaha World-Herald Vetter Health Services remains true to its vision: teamwork, serving, integrity, and excellence When Katie Mantz signed on as a project manager at Vetter Health Services last July to manage the capital improvements at 31 nursing homes the company owns in Nebraska, Iowa, […]

Elkhorn, NE: Sharing Lessons in Communicating with Alzheimer’s Patients

Article reprinted from the Fremont Tribune APRIL 17, 2015 Erin Bonitto took a deep breath, put a smile on her face and calmly introduced herself to her “mother.” “Good morning. Hi, mom. It’s me, Erin, the most beautiful of your three daughters.” Then she waited for a response. In this case, her “mother,” portrayed by Cameo Rogers of Vetter […]

Home Office: Here Comes Peter Cottontail aka…A.Mazing Bunny Visits Vetter Health Services Home Office

Even though the day was chilly, Kids, Grand kids and even Adults enjoyed a springtime visit from the Easter Bunny at the Vetter Health Services Home Office. Brightly colored eggs were the other attraction as the children were divided into 3 age groups for the big hunt within the warm environment of the building. Before […]