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Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates 200,000 hours, 1 Year Injury Free!

Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation has been recognized for going 200,000+ hours, over 365 days, injury free! With approximately 140 team members at Sumner Place, this is a very difficult accomplishment. “This did not happen by chance, we do things with intention,” stated Larry Van Hunnik, Administrator at Sumner Place. On March 1st Sumner […]

Lincoln, NE: Kindness Committee

I am doing an internship with the Life Enrichment department at Sumner Place this semester. A requirement of my internship class is to design a project that the facility can use after my internship is over, so Courtney Schmitz helped me come up with the Kindness Committee. I have planned out an activity (craft, baking, […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating “Hootie Hoo” Day at Sumner Place

I think it is safe to say we are all sick and tired of this cold Winter weather and ready for Spring to enjoy the great outdoors! February 20th is National Hootie Hoo Day. Sumner Place residents, team members and family members gathered together at noon to chant “Hootie Hoo” three times while waving our […]

Lincoln, NE: 5th Annual Sumner Place Talent Show

Friday, February 9th, 2018 Sumner Place held our 5th Annual Talent Show! Each year our talent show has grown bigger and bigger. It had first started out with just team members, then family members joined in, and now many residents are participating. This year we had fourteen acts! – Crotchet Display by Beatriz Miranda – […]

Lincoln, NE: 5th Annual Sumner Place Talent Show

Friday, February 9th, 2018 Sumner Place held our 5th Annual Talent Show! Each year our talent show has grown bigger and bigger. It had first started out with just team members, then family members joined in, and now many residents are participating. This year we had fourteen acts! – Crotchet Display by Beatriz Miranda – […]

Lincoln, NE: Valentine’s Buffet at Sumner Place

Each week at Sumner Place we have a lunch buffet. This week our dietary department put together a Valentine’s Day themed buffet. Chicken cordon bleu or meatballs was served for the main course along with a variety of different salads and sides. For dessert we had a heart-shaped cookies and chocolate cupcakes. Thank you to […]

Lincoln, NE: A poem to Sumner Place by Onalea Huff

Onalea Huff, resident of Sumner Place, wrote this poem as a reflection of 2017. ‘Tis the month of December and Christmas is near, We made it again through another year. No stockings were hung by the chimney with care No lump of coal was left for this aging pair! January flew by like a flash […]

Lincoln, NE: Alex File Named Sumner Place Employee of the Month

Alex File has been named January Employee of the Month at Sumner Place! This nursing assistant has wonderful communication skills, always has a “Yes, I Can” attitude and is an excellent team player. He picks up extra hours, is always patient, kind and gentle with the residents and does his cares correctly and un-rushed. There […]

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Lincoln, NE: Larry Van Hunnik Celebrates 7 Years as Administrator of Sumner Place

January 12th, 2018 marked 7 years of service for Larry Van Hunnik as Administrator of Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation. Residents and team members gathered together over the noon hour to celebrate our fearless leader. Larry received a photo of Sumner Place that all team members signed along with a personalized tie clip. “Family […]

Lincoln, NE: Courtney Schmitz Receives 2017 Outstanding Therapeutic Recreation Professional Award

Courtney Schmitz has received the 2017 Outstanding Therapeutic Recreation Professional Award from The Nebraska Recreation and Park Association. Courtney graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Corporate Wellness in July 2005. In 2007, she completed her Master’s in Recreation with an emphasis in […]

Lincoln, NE: Santa Visits Sumner Place!

On Thursday, December 21st, after our Holiday lunch buffet (thank you to our dietary team members), Santa came to visit. Residents sure lit up when they saw him enter the building. Santa handed each resident their Christmas gift and got a picture with them as well! It sure did bring out the inner child in […]

Lincoln, NE: Dancer and Prancer Visit Sumner Place

Dancer and Prancer made their annual visit to Sumner Place today! Residents, family members and team members had a wonderful time getting their picture taken with Dancer and Prancer and learning some fun facts about reindeer. Did you know that they shed their antlers each year grow new ones? Also, males shed their antlers before […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Holiday Celebration

Last Thursday, Sumner Place team members gathered together for our annual holiday celebration. Hors d’oeuvres, “Dessert on Jack” and punch was served. Six brave team members were hypnotized and put on quite the show, including showing us some of their best dance moves! Team members were also encouraged to wear a festive Christmas sweater. Larry […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place is Deficiency Free!

In the most recent survey administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation was rated deficiency-free on its annual Department of Public Health Certification Survey conducted in November 2017. Long-term Care facilities are surveyed every year by a multi-disciplinary team. The rigorous unannounced survey is conducted over […]

Lincoln, NE: Veterans Day Celebration at Sumner Place

On November 10th, 2017 Sumner Place honored 14 residents that served our country proudly. Our Veterans Day celebration started with the presentation of colors by AFJROTC from Northeast High School. Each resident entered the program with an escort, patriotic songs were sung, a poem was read by Abby Lehr, People Development Coordinator, a prayer was […]

Lincoln, NE: Rise & Shine at Sumner Place!

Sumner Place invited many members in our Lincoln community to ‘Drive Thru’ our front circle to pick up a warm homemade cinnamon roll made by our dietary team members and a complimentary tumbler filled with coffee or hot chocolate. Around 50 community representatives came through. This included Aging Partners, Home Heath, Hospice agencies, Assisted Living […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Trick-or-Treating

Close to 11,000 pieces of candy were handed out this Halloween at Sumner Place. Resident’s family members, team members and their families and neighbors filled the halls. Approximately 250 trick-or-treaters brightened our resident’s faces with their costumes. Team members wore their costumes all day and got everyone in the Halloween spirit. Huge thank you to […]

Lincoln, NE: Spooky Halloween Buffet at Sumner Place

The dietary department at Sumner Place has gone above and beyond once again! On Tuesday, October 24th, we had our annual Halloween Buffet. This was complete with band aides (vanilla wafers with peanut butter and jelly), a graveyard (layered taco tip), witches hat (rice krispie treat) and much more. Residents, family members and team members […]

Lincoln, NE: A Well Deserved Retirement

After 62 years of dedicated service at Sumner Place between Gary Crogg, Maintenance Coordinator and Jim Deckard, Maintenance Assistant, they have both retired. Residents, family members, team members, Joel Wichman, and Jack and Eldora Vetter gathered to celebrate Gary and Jim’s many years of service to Sumner Place. Gary stated that he has truly enjoyed […]

Lincoln, NE: A Resident’s Genealogy and Travels

Sumner Place resident Don wanted to share his personal travels and life stories/genealogy with his peers. Through the use of the IN2L, Don spent many months researching, typing, and organizing a presentation that he shared with fellow residents. Don’s genealogy has been very important to him and with the help of IN2L, proved to be […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place 3rd Annual Dog Pageant

On Friday, August 18th, Sumner Place residents, families, and team members all gathered together to enjoy a fun filled afternoon with the 3rd Annual Dog Pageant. All together, 18 entries were submitted with team member and family pooches. The dogs were paraded through the tunnel of residents as each dog was announced with a variety […]

Lincoln, NE: Another Successful Senior Olympics

Sumner Place athletes enjoyed another successful year of Senior Olympics on Thursday, August 10th. Team members and family assisted the athletes completed the different events offered. Athletes competed in these six different games: bowling, ping pong pitch, bucket toss, rocket toss, shooting, and bean bag toss. During the noon meal, all athletes were awarded Gold […]

Lincoln, NE: Happy Retirement, Birgit!

After 20 years of services, Birgit Haile-Raub has retired. During her years of services, Birgit has always been an exceptional example of a deeply loyal, dedicated and compassionate team member. Every work day she would walk to work; rain or shine, never tardy or sick. At work, Birgit demonstrated a “Yes, I Can” attitude as […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Employee of the Month!

Sumner Place is known for its teamwork. No one exemplifies that more than Mindy Dao. In her own words, Mindy is highly focused on “… showing commitment to the team, treating others in a respectful and supportive manner, working together with the team to accomplish the job and willing to share information, knowledge, and experience […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Residents Celebrate the Last Day of School With Children From Prescott Elementary

Lincoln Public Schools last day of school was Wednesday, May 24th. To help the kids celebrate their success of completion of another school year, the residents of Sumner Place lined the sidewalk at 3:15pm ready to hand out popsicles to all who passed by and to offer congratulations and wishes for a safe summer! Sumner […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Car Wash Fundraiser

On Friday, May 12th, Sumner Place held their first car wash fundraiser to raise money for The Vetter Foundation. The purpose and cornerstone of The Vetter Foundation is to benefit and support worldwide charities and missions. The impact of The Foundation can be seen in local charities, research, education, and other points of need around […]

Lincoln, NE: National Nursing Home Week Success

Sumner Place residents, families, and team members had a memorable National Nursing Home Week of celebrating the “Spirit of America!” The week kicked off on Sunday with and ice cream social for Mother’s Day, Monday residents engaged in a USA Jeopardy game, Tuesday residents created red, white, and blue hats decorated for USA and the […]

Lincoln, NE: Fishing on Lake Wanahoo

A little cold and windy, but the weather wasn’t going to stop Sumner Place residents from having an experience on the lake! Thanks to LiveWellGoFish, a non profit organization, residents were able to enjoy the morning fishing on a pontoon boat for 2 hours. Fishing from the dock or shore is one thing but when […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

On Friday, May 5th over 50 residents, families, and team members gathered to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The event kicked off with Larry, Sumner Place Administrator, providing some interesting facts on the history of Cinco de Mayo. Next, Chris Westover, Restorative Coordinator, dazzled all with an amazing Mexican Hat Dance performance. The residents then enjoyed […]

Lincoln, NE: Team Members at Sumner Place Awarded with Scholarships!

On Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 the Nebraska Health Care Association held their 2017 Awards Banquet at Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska. At the Awards Banquet they awarded twenty-six scholarship recipients and two of them were team members at Sumner Place! Sarah Wiebusch, Social Services Assistant at Sumner Place, was awarded a general scholarship. Sarah […]

Lincoln, NE: Happy Easter!!!

It was a fun and exciting week at Sumner Place for Easter! On Wednesday, April 12th our dietary team dazzled everyone with their amazing talents with the Easter Buffet. Then on Thursday, April 13th approximately 40 kids collected 1,202 eggs and set a record pace for the shortest Easter Egg Hunt which lasted only five […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Senior Prom

On Thursday, April 6th, residents, families, team members, and volunteers shared an amazing experience during Prom! Residents were given the option to wear a formal outfit from Clara’s Closet, hair and make up were offered during the morning, and then in the afternoon everyone boogied on the dance floor under the beautiful decorations and disco […]

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates 150 Years of Nebraska Statehood!

On March 1st residents, family members and team members gathered to celebrate Nebraska’s 150 years of statehood. Lois Fisher, Payroll Coordinator at Sumner Place, put together a wonderful presentation of Nebraska for us. Lois has a passion for history, especially Nebraska history. Her enthusiasm was contagious during her presentation. We discussed a variety of different […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Donates Diapers to People’s City Mission

Sumner Place PEP (People Energizing People) Club put together a diaper drive this past month to collect diapers for the People’s City Mission Homeless Prevention Center in Lincoln, NE. We collected a variety of different sizes and exceeded our goal of 750 diapers! People’s City Mission Homeless Prevention Center was very grateful for our donation. […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Honors Therapy Dog With a Retirement Party

Residents and team members gathered in the dining room on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 to celebrate the retirement of one very dedicated team member, a beloved therapy dog named Carol. Carol, a Golden Retriever, has been at Sumner Place for the past 10 years. She has taught Sumner Place about living each day with enthusiasm […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating 6 Years at Sumner Place as Administrator

January 12th, 2017 marks 6 years of service at Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation for Administrator, Larry Van Hunnik. Larry is exceptional. He is extremely passionate about living out the Mission, Vision and Values each and every day. His commitment to our team members and residents is not only inspiring but contagious. Larry, we […]

Lincoln, NE: Courtney Schmitz of Sumner Place Featured in Nebraska Recreation & Parks Magazine!

Courtney Schmitz, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Sumner Place in Lincoln, received special recognition by the Nebraska Recreation and Parks Association in the Fall edition of the Association’s magazine. The “spotlight” article not only thanked Courtney for her work with the association, but told of her work as a team member at Sumner Place and the […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Honors Their Veterans!

On Friday, November 11th, 2016 we had the privilege of honoring 11 residents that served our country proudly. The celebration included presenting of pins and certificates by Captain Doug Carlson from the Nebraska National Guard organized by AseraCare. We sang patriotic songs and our Chaplain, Pastor Kirk, led a prayer for fallen soldiers. Residents, team […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Coffee Drive Thru

Sumner Place held our Annual Community Coffee Drive Thru the morning of Friday, November 4th. We provided coffee with a choice of seasonal creamer or hot chocolate and a fresh cinnamon roll to approximately seventy guests. We had a good variety of Social Workers, Discharge Planners, Care Coordinators, Hospice Providers, and Teachers from our neighbors […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Achieves Bronze National Quality Award

AHCA/NCAL Quality Award examiners have informed Sumner Place Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation that we have been awarded a 2016 Bronze National Quality Award. In the announcement they state “as a Bronze award recipient, you have demonstrated your intent to begin a rigorous quality improvement program.” Sumner Place used the Organizational profile section of the Baldridge […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Receives A Perfect Score!

Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation is proud to announce that they have received a “deficiency-free” result on their annual survey conducted by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Long-term Care facilities are surveyed every year by a multi-disciplinary team. Surveys are always unannounced. The rigorous survey, which is conducted over several days, […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Carnival

On Thursday, September 8th, Sumner Place celebrated our Annual Family Picnic with this year’s theme of “Sumner Place Carnival.” Residents, family members, team members, and guests enjoyed a wide variety of free entertainment including: Bounce House, a Dunk Tank with Larry, Music by John Worsham, Ping Pong Win A Fish, Face Painting by Funtastic Faces, […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Wedding

On Monday, August 8th residents, team members, and family members gathered together to witness and honor the beautiful wedding ceremony of Hanying Chen and Haiyan Jia. Haiyan, which many of us call Emma, who has been at Sumner Place for the past 12 weeks as the Life Enrichment intern. Emma is in pursuit of her […]

Lincoln, NE: Annual Dog Day Parade

Sumner Place celebrated the third annual Dog Day Pageant Parade on Friday, August 5th!! Residents, families, and team members joined together on Friday, August 5th Four prizes were distributed for the best large breed (Angel), small breed (Stella), most talented (Spike), and most spirited (Zeke). A big thanks to all the families and team members […]

Lincoln, NE: It’s The Little Things

As part of the continued Make A Wish program at Sumner Place, Olga Nault, and her daughter Sharon, were taken to Val’s Tavern in Valparaiso, Nebraska for a lunch date on Thursday, August 5th. Olga had previously lived in Valparaiso and would often reminisce to team members about how her and a group of friends […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Kitchen Open House!

On Monday, July 18th, Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation opened their newly renovated kitchen for residents, family members and team members to tour. The renovation began the middle of January 2016 and was completed the end of May 2016. After many toured the kitchen and learned all about the countless things our new rational […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Team Members Awarded Scholarship!

On Thursday, June 30th, 2016, Heather Anderson, Dietary Aide, Shauntelle Kreutzer, CNA/MA, and Stephen Kotopka, CNA at Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation received The Janette Ryba Scholarship. The Janette Ryba Scholarship was established due to Janette’s belief that, “Anything you learn cannot be taken away from you and that it will make you a […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Announces Three Board Certified Gerontological Nurses!

Sumner Place is pleased to announce that Mindy Zuhairi, Director of Nursing, Trista Roque, Quality Assurance and Infection Control, and Emily Sample, MDS coordinator are recognized as Board Certified Gerontological Nurses. Their driving passions to elevate geriatric nursing in Sumner Place and Long Term Care in general, has motivated them to seek advanced knowledge and […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Residents Bob and Onalea Huff Celebrate 70 Years of Marriage!

From the first moment they walked into Sumner Place, every team member, resident, and family member could see the love between Bob and Onalea Huff. Anyone who spends even a little bit of time with them quickly feels the strong connection. On Wednesday, June 1st 2016, these two lovebirds celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss! […]