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Hooper, NE: Retirement After 37 Years and 4 Months

Janice Watts MA, CNA retired from Hooper Care Center June 15, 2018 after 37 years and 4 months. Janice is an exceptional employee and will be greatly missed. Residents and staff hosted a retirement party for Janice to honor the dedication, compassion and commitment Janice had for our Mission, Vision and Values. We were always […]

Alliance, NE: Every Day Adds to Life Story

As certain holidays act to remind us about the importance of remembering life’s important events (think Christmas or Memorial Day), this year’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week theme of Celebrating Life’s Stories caused some natural reflection in to the past of our resident family. Perhaps more poignant was the challenge to look to the past […]

Lincoln, NE: Quilt of Valor

Clara, a Navy Veteran was presented with a Quilt of Valor by Aseracare Hospice on Jun 6, 2018.  Kassandra Mounce, the Provider Relations Manager for Aseracare Hospice formally presented Clara her Quilt of Valor at Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center under the admiring eyes of staff and peers.  Honored for her years of Military […]

Papillion, NE: Papillion Manor Celebrates Safety Days!

Papillion Manor celebrates 200,000 injury free hours! Papillion Manor focuses on Skilled Nursing and Short Term Rehabilitation and has 160+ staff members. This is a great achievement for the size of the building and the large workforce of team members that supports it. Papillion Manor strives to create an environment that makes safety a priority […]

Elkhorn, NE: VHS Receives Omaha Best Places to Work Award

Vetter Health Services team members proudly cheered as company president Glenn Van Ekeren accepted the Best Places to Work in Omaha award. The award was presented during the Best Places to Work award luncheon on May 24. VHS has consistently placed in the top five since first participating in the survey ten years ago and […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating Long Term Care Week!

National Long Term Care Week was May 13th through May 19th. With the theme this year being “Celebrating Life Stories”, we kicked off the week with a PowerPoint presentation made by Joel, Life Enrichment Assistant. Each slide represented a resident with a picture and a couple fun facts about each one. We also had a […]

St Paul, NE: National Nursing Home Week

Brookefield Park in St. Paul, Nebraska celebrated National Nursing Home Week on May 14-18, 2018. We started out the week with Cinderella Day. Administrator Brenda Ewers-Nordhues dressed up as Cinderella and also had her evil stepsisters by her side. We also delivered cookies to our Police Officers in St. Paul and started our day out […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood’s Got Talent

Ridgewood residents requested a variety show. What a fantastic idea they had! Residents and team members were invited to sign up and share their talents. Ridgewood Choir sang songs, Verneal shared her paintings, even the administrator participated, dressing up in her nurses uniform from the 70’s and then invited resident, John M to dance with […]

Alliance, NE: Taking a Dream To New Heights

Being careful what you wish for was not even in her mind when Dee Dee Behm, Memory Support Household Coordinator, was visiting with a resident about the upcoming events for National Skilled Nursing Care Week. During this conversation about celebrating Life’s Stories, the 2018 theme, the resident mentioned she had always wanted to ride in […]

Elkhorn, NE: Nebraska Resident of the Year

Each year, Nebraska Healthcare Association awards one resident from the State of Nebraska the honor of Resident of The Year. This year Brookestone Meadows resident, Carolyn Howell, was awarded this honor! Our Administrator, Virginia Leacock, shared with the Association that Carolyn “is a living reflection as Resident Council President of our communities Mission, Vision and […]

Elkhorn, NE: An Unexpected Reunion

The anticipation of a reunion is a real delight. An unexpected reunion after many years is breathtaking.  One of our long-term residents was in the ice cream parlor resting from a long walk when a group of people came into the room. She immediately recognized the back of one person’s head, knowing it had to […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air . . . Celebrating Good Times

Heritage of Bel-Air is proud to announce that it has received a “deficiency-free” result on its recent annual Department of Public Health Certification Survey. Long-term Care facilities are surveyed every year by a multi-disciplinary team. The rigorous survey is unannounced and conducted over several days. Inspectors cover almost 200 quality, safety and performance issues such […]

Elkhorn, NE: Weather Rain or Shine, We are Ready

You can wake up in Nebraska and it will be 60 degrees and sunny and by 3pm we are having a blizzard, which is why everyone has heard the saying “rain or shine, when the tornado hits, the cows will fly”. OK, so that is not really a saying, but since Nebraska weather can change […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Senior Prom 2018

On Thursday, April 26th, Sumner Place held their annual Senior Prom. In early April, formal gowns for the women along with men’s formal wear from Clara’s Closet were delivered. Residents had a couple weeks to choose their attire for the event. Prom day quickly arrived and residents spent the morning getting their hair and make-up […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vetter’s Giving Spirit Extends to Homes of Hope

A used mini-bus and piles of new shoes will go to good use thanks to team members at Vetter Health Services and the Vetter Foundation. Recently a group of team members from VHS organized a mission trip through Homes of Hope. They spent a week helping build a home for an elderly woman in San […]

David City, NE: Thank You Volunteers

April is Volunteer month, here at David Place we are thankful for our many volunteers. Every year we thank our volunteers with a salad luncheon. It takes teamwork to get ready for an event like this. We had over 65 volunteers RSVP! A group of residents help put together flower pot bags with a pen […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Art Show

When someone moves in to one of our communities they each bring with them a vast wealth of rich life experiences and gifts to share. Brookestone Meadows hosted our first art show where 7 of our residents and several team members displayed their work for the community to enjoy. Our artists included a composer, authors, […]

Lake City, IA: 2 Year’s Injury Free!

Shady Oaks Care Center, in Lake City, Iowa, recently reached two years injury free, which is 730 days, or 17,2250 hours without a single injury! A celebration to honor Shady Oaks Care Center was held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Vetter Senior Living provided a delicious meal of steak or chicken, bar-be-que’d to perfection. Team […]

Elkhorn, NE: In It To Win It

Tension was high and the competition fierce. With critical subject matter at hand, it was important that we were alert and focused. Abuse and Neglect are no laughing matter, and it is important to review our requirements and processes regularly. The best way to keep people engaged is to have them get up, move and […]

Alliance, NE: Colorful Eggs and Laughs Brighten Our Day

The cool morning could not keep from warming our hearts as team members (and families) were invited to bring their ambitious Easter egg hunters to Highland Park and discover the goodies left behind by the Easter bunny. The colorful eggs were a welcome sight on the winter trodden grass; the youthful giggles were also welcomed […]

Seward, NE: Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Saturday was our Easter Egg-Stravaganza. Residents helped to run the different stations where Ridgewood resident and employee family members could do crafts, play games, get face paint, meet the Easter Bunny and of course, hunt for eggs! It was a great way for team members and their families to interact with residents. Our Easter Bunny […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Ukulele Club

I had the music teacher from the middle school contact me about a small group of 3 6th grade kids that formed a Ukulele Club. They had practiced ukulele’s in 5th grade and really missed it, so they got together with the music teacher to share their idea. She meets with them after school each […]

Wahoo, NE: Reubens and Backpacks

Reuben sandwiches are a tradition at South Haven. Each year we hold a fund raiser selling reubens. Pre-orders are delivered to your car by our favorite “pickle” at our “drive-thru”. This year we chose the Saunders County Ministerial Association’s Backpack Program as the benefactor of our fund raiser. The Backpack Program sends weekend meals home […]

Lake City, IA: 30 Years of Excellence

Thirty years of hard work and dedication deserves celebrating! The Leadership Team gathered together to congratulate Deb Jones, Life Enrichment Coordinator on her years of service. A cake decorated in her favorite color, blue, was enjoyed by everyone. During the celebration, Deb shared her experiences throughout her 30 years of service at Shady Oaks, including […]

Alliance, NE: (Not quite) Hog Wild at Highland Park

Martina Navratilova was credited with saying, “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” Today, our Memory Support Household had some serious commitment as a 9-month old pig named Oreo came by for a visit. While not a fluffy kitten or playful puppy, Oreo […]

VHS one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Omaha!

Vetter Health Services has once again been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Omaha! The Best Places to Work in Omaha® initiative measures levels of employee engagement through an online survey. Created by Baird Holm LLP, the survey is administered and feedback is provided by Quantum Workplace. VHS has consistently ranked […]

Iowa Falls. IA: Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle

It’s been more than 60 years since former Philadelphia Eagle, resident wore the green jersey, but tonight that all changed. He played for the Eagles for a short time in the 1950’s, but he cherishes the memories he made. On Super Bowl Sunday he was decked out in green and white one more time. Dreamweaver […]

Elkhorn, NE: We ‘Flip’ For the Night Shift!

We love our team and appreciate every opportunity to thank them for all they do. This month PEP club did made-to-order omelets for the night shift. The group arrived at 4:30am to be sure things were set and ready for the team to enjoy before their shift ended. Most of the omelets made it through […]

Omaha, NE: 2018 Brookestone Village Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony

The 2018 Winter Olympic games opened on Friday, February 9th in PyeongChang, South Korea. We kicked off with our very own 2018 Brookestone Village Winter Olympics on the same day. The start of our ceremony began with a passing of the torch from one end of our building to the other, with a representative from […]

Seward, NE: Dessert and Dancing!

Saturday was Ridgewood’s Valentine Dessert Social. Residents and family members were invited into our Community Hall for a time of music, laughter and delicious desserts! The day before, some residents helped to make centerpieces for the social and they added so much to the atmosphere of the event. Music was provided by Clifford Lowell, who […]

Wahoo, NE: A Cake For Every Birthday

Whether we admit it or not, birthdays are something special to almost everyone. It makes no difference if we are 5 or 95! South Haven recently welcomed Kelly Eklund as our new Dietary Manager. Birthdays are important to Kelly and our residents! She makes a special cake for each resident when they have a birthday. […]

Lake City, IA: Have Fun at Work!

National “Have Fun at Work Day” was Friday January 26th but we decided to celebrate all week long! Starting that Monday we had themed dress up days of which started with pajama day. Team members dressed up in snuggly pajamas and some even wore slippers. NFL and college sports apparel could be seen all over […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Michelle Oliver

Heritage Care Center is proud to announce that Michelle Oliver, Social Services Coordinator was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Vetter Senior Living. The VSL Academic Committee for Excellence chose Michelle to receive this scholarship from numerous qualified candidates from across VSL. Michelle was presented the award at our January All-Team meeting and was very excited […]

Omaha, NE: Brittany Southall

Congratulations to Brittany Southall, Vetter Senior Living’s (VSL) scholarship award recipient for last semester. The VSL Academic Committee for Excellence selected Brittany to receive this honor from many qualified applicants and Brookestone Village is proud to announce that she has been awarded a $1000 scholarship from Vetter Senior Living. Brittany is currently taking classes at […]

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 […]

Elkhorn, NE: Dr. Malloy, Medical Director Honored

January 12, 2018 Dr. Timothy Malloy was recognized for 10 Years of Service as Medical Director at Brookestone Meadows. Glenn Van Ekeren, President of Vetter Senior Living, presented him with a certificate of achievement for his dedication and service to the elderly. Over 10,000 patients have been admitted to Brookestone Meadows since the doors opened […]

Norfolk, NE: Congrats Demi!

Congratulations Demi Edgell! Demi is the recipient of $1000 Vetter Senior Living Scholarship. Demi has been employed with Vetter Senior Living since July 2015. She has been an asset to both Brookstone Meadows and Heritage of Bel Air. She is currently at Heritage of Bel Air as the Scheduler/Nursing Assistant. We would like to congratulate […]

Hooper, NE: Special Visitor

Resident Kenny Kinlund of the Hooper Care Center had a special visitor on January 4, 2018. Dr. Tom Osborne from the University of Nebraska came to visit with the Number 1 Husker Fan in this area. The wish was granted from Kindred Hospice to meet Dr. Tom. Dr. Matt Beacom, Medical Director for Kindred made […]

North Platte, NE: 3 Years Injury Free

Being injury free at work for one year is good, being injury free at work for two years is very good but three years….WOW!! That is a feat worthy of celebration, so that is precisely what we did on December 6th at Linden Estates. Our safety focused employees were treated to fabulous meal prepared and […]

Elkhorn, NE: 10,000!

Time flies when you are having fun. It also flies when you are admitting 80 – 100 patients every month! Wednesday December 20, 2017 Brookestone Meadows welcomed our 10,000th patient. The countdown began early in 2017 as we projected that our 10,000th patient would arrive close to our 10 Year Anniversary on November 5th. We […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vetter Scholarship Awarded at Brookestone Meadows

Vetter Senior Living is dedicated to assisting team members with furthering their education and personal growth. Each year they provide several $1,000 scholarships to team members throughout the company. Scholarship applications are submitted to Home Office and a committee meets to review and select recipients. This year a Brookestone Meadows team member, Michele Magner, was […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident Council Meeting

Dear Friends, Here at Brookestone Meadows, at our latest resident council meeting on December 11th, we had the pleasure of having Charlie Olson as a speaker representing the NorthStar Foundation. He is the director of donor relations foundation and we presented him with a donation to help with different programs. He explained to us how […]

Garnett, KS: Striving for “World Class”

We were recently awarded the American Healthcare Association Bronze Quality Award! We feel very fortunate to have received this honor. It’s just part of our journey to become a facility that continually strives to improve and change where needed to become the facilty that delivers “world class” standards everyday. Jack Vetter came down to present […]

Emerson, NE: Seven Years of taking Safety Serious!

Heritage of Emerson celebrated Seven years injury free on December 13th. It is a way of life at Heritage. Team members, guests and residents are constantly reminded on how to live safely in our home. That means no walking on wet floors, watching out for vacuum cords and utilizing every practice to remain safe while […]

David City, NE: Go Big Red

Nebraska is the land of the Corn-Huskers and Husker fans. One of our residents received Husker Volleyball season tickets last year for Christmas and goes to as many of the home games as she can. When the Volleyball team is playing on the road a group of residents can always be found gathered around the big […]

St. Ed, NE: Made with Love

Frances so proudly worked on making scarves to be given to someone in need. We would meet and discuss on how to go about our plan, what to do next, who to donate them to, when to deliver. The day finally arrived, today was that day. Up to this day Frances worked diligently knitting scarves. […]

Norfolk, NE: A Silver Salute to Heritage of Bel-Air

American Health Care Association’s 2017 Silver Award recognizes Heritage of Bel-air, at a national level, for the continual strive for quality care and dedication to improve the lives of our residents. The proof of the quality that has been achieved at Bel-Air was included in the application that was submitted in 2016. The application process […]

David City, NE: 100 Years Young

We have many special residents that touch our hearts in many ways. This November on Thanksgiving a special lady made a milestone of 100 years old. Lucille had a lovely party with her family and friends from the community the Sunday before her birthday. And a card shower that still has cards coming in at […]

Elkhorn, NE: A Week Long Celebration

Dear Friends, I wanted to share the special events that everyone enjoyed recently at Brookestone Meadows in Elkhorn, NE. The employees and residents celebrated our 10th Anniversary! My name is Carolyn Howell and I am one of the 10 residents that have lived here for the past 10 years. Our Public Relations Coordinator, Michele Magner […]

Omaha, NE: Seven Days of Thanks

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season and inspired from Caregiver’s Appreciation Week, we hosted our first annual “Seven Days of Thanks,” at Brookestone Village. The Seven Days of Thanks campaign centered around staff appreciation and everyone pitched in to make it a success! The Leadership Team from each department took to the hallways and […]