Milestones

Cameo Rogers Named 2017 National Certified Dementia Practitioner of the Year

Cameo Rogers, life enrichment coordinator for Vetter Health Services, has been recognized as the National Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) of the Year by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners for her work in the field of dementia care. The award is recognized as one of the Nation’s most prestigious awards in the field of […]

Home Office: Brenda Ewers-Nordhues Awarded NE Nursing Home Administrator of the Year

Brenda Ewers-Nordhues, Administrator at Brookefield Park in Saint Paul, NE has been named Administrator of the Year by the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA). The Award recognizes Administrators for their outstanding contributions to the well-being of Nebraska’s nursing facility residents. Brenda accepted the award at the NNFA/NALA Awards Banquet held on September 20 in Lincoln. During the […]

Springfield, MO: Family Feud: Community Members vs. Team Members

Creekside at Elfindale uses iN2L to reinforce community member to staff relationships. We have recently started playing Family Feud: Community Members vs Team Members. This one hour competition impacts quality of life by encouraging communication, cooperation, thinking skills, and–most importantly–laughter between generations. This is an event both team members and community members have come to […]

Lake City, IA: Shady Oaks Celebrates One Year Injury Free!

“Healthcare workers can be at risk when it comes to work place injuries,” commented Vetter Health Services Safety Coordinator Ed Remm. His remarks were made during an event at Shady Oaks Care Center on Thursday to honor the team for reaching the mark of one-year injury free. Shady Oaks Care Center is deeply committed to the […]

Alliance, NE: Safety Culture Thriving in Alliance

Highland Park Care Center team members were honored to be served by Home Office personnel during our Injury Free Celebration recently. At this time, Highland Park Care Center was 452 days injury free, a feat difficult to attain unless there is a committed and genuine team member culture of caring for, and respect for, each […]

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 […]

New Skilled Rehabilitation Center Open at Linden Court in North Platte

Vetter Health Services and the team at Linden Court are pleased to announce the opening of the new rehabilitation center designed specifically for people needing short-term rehabilitation. The 25,600 square feet addition includes twenty-four private rooms, an innovative therapy gym, dedicated dining venues, a culinary center specific to rehabilitation, bathing spa and a protected courtyard […]

Wahoo, NE: New Therapy Gym Officially Opens!

A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the new Therapy Gym at South Haven in May. Jack and Eldora Vetter joined us for the big event! The 3,600 square foot therapy gym opened ahead of schedule to the delight of all. In addition to typical equipment, the gym includes a residential-style kitchen with working appliances, washer […]

Wahoo, NE: An Amazing 30 Years With Vetter Health Services!

Recently Michele Kapple, aka Bugs, was honored with a party for her 30 years with Vetter Health Services. An excellent team member, she is a great example of the Vetter’s Mission, Vision and Values way. She treats the residents as family and always has a “Yes, I Can” attitude. Bugs started as a CNA and […]

Wahoo, NE: 104 And Going Strong!

South Haven Living Center helped a very special lady, Irene Marshall, celebrate her 104th birthday! She enjoyed a “big chunk” of cake with “lots of frosting” per her request. Irene’s grandson joined her for the party. She shared pictures of her life and family with her South Haven friends. A lively and spirited lady, Irene […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Celebrates 1000 Days Injury Free

No dark days for Creekside at Elfindale Retirement Community, we celebrated 1000 days injury free on Tuesday, March 29th. This team realizes it takes Team Work to focus on this exceptional goal. In our weekly meeting we discuss how to stay safe in the work place and all agree it needs to stay top-of-mind with […]

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: Incredible Quilt

I carefully removed the tissue paper from the package. Each layer I removed revealed more of the incredible quilt that was held inside. Fully draped, it was exquisite. VHS Dignity in Life was the center with carefully stitched beams radiating from it. An awesome piece for the One Child Matters Auction. I determined, along with […]

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 […]

Emerson, NE: Vetter Health Services Announces

Jack Vetter, Chairman of the Board and Owner of Vetter Health Services (VHS) in Elkhorn, Nebraska, released the names of 4 VHS care centers that have earned a 2015 World Class Quality Award. The awards are the first of three distinctions possible through the VHS World Class Quality Award program, which honors its care centers […]

Gering, NE: An Accomplishment Worth Celebrating!

In honor of receiving a Quality Award from the American Health Care Association Heritage Estates held a special celebration on November 17th. A reception was held to honor the staff and thank them for their dedication to improving the lives of our residents through quality care. During the reception, a plaque was presented by Michelle […]

Loup City, NE: Rose Lane Award Time

Rose Lane residents and staff were honored to be presented with not one, but two awards by Owner Jack Vetter and the VHS clinical support team of Tami Smith, Michelle Wallace and Rhonda Schmeits. Rose Lane was awarded the bronze quality award from the American Healthcare Association as well as the VHS World Class bronze […]

Springfield, MO: Bronze Award

​The first step in the National Quality Award Program is the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. The goal of this award level is to provide applicants with the tools and resources they need for continuous performance improvement. Through the Bronze criteria, based on the Organizational Profile section of the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Team Member Mary Buls Retires!

Ridgewood celebrated with one of our team members Mary Buls on her retirement. Mary has worked at Ridgewood for 14 years in the Laundry department. Her co-workers and supervisor describe her as dedicated, loyal, and always striving for Quality of Life for our residents. Some of her team members created a gift from all of […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside at Elfindale Celebrates Two Years Injury Free

With the amazing team and their dedication to safety, Creekside at Elfindale celebrated two years injury free on July 2nd. On Wednesday, July 29th Jack Vetter and a team from Vetter Health Services came to Creekside to show their appreciation of this great achievement by preparing a delicious lunch of; steak, chicken and shrimp grilled […]

Lincoln, NE: Southlake Village Celebrates Four Years of Caring

Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center celebrates its four year anniversary on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center opened its doors in 2011 with the mission to provide the citizens of Lincoln and the surrounding communities with a state-of-the-art facility where they could rehabilitate and/or live while receiving world class care […]

Geneva, NE: 1 Year Injury Free Party

Wednesday June 17th we had our 1 Year Injury Free party at Heritage Crossings. Home office came down to Geneva and gave us a real treat. They started up the grill mid-afternoon and grilled chicken breasts and fillet mignon, they also served dinner rolls, cocktail shrimp, coleslaw, and green bean almondine, and your choice of […]

Fairbury, NE: 3 Years Injury Free

Heritage Care Center recently celebrated 3 years injury free! On Wednesday, June 3rd home office staff came and treated us to a fabulous meal and dessert. Our staff proudly showed off their shirts that stated “Keep calm and carry on safely”! Staff was able to choose between yellow and orange and our safety team chose […]

Alliance, NE: A Well Deserved Retirement

“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off”. – Abe Lemons This is the cross that our MDS coordinator, Marj Guernsey, will now have to bear as she ends the nursing chapter of her life. What began over twenty years ago as a charge nurse developed into an ADON position and […]

Omaha, NE: Brookestone Village Community Team Members Recognized at Nebraska Health Care Association Awards

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Brookestone Village Life Enrichment Team Members were honored to accept the 2014 Nebraska Nursing Facility Association’s National Nursing Home Week Programming Award for events and programs they coordinated and facilitated. The 2014 National Nursing Home Week was, “Living the Aloha Spirit,” with a focus on implementing programs and groups related to some wonderful Hawaiian values […]

Emerson, NE: Nurse Completes Geriatric Nursing Training and Passes Boards

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Fran Knapp, RN/BC , Heritage of Emerson Fran completed her geriatric Nurse training and passed her board testing. This is a national accreditation. Less then 1% of nurses across the country are certified in the care of our elderly. The training specifically targets the challenges we have for the care of our elderly. It focuses […]

Hooper, NE: Hooper Care Center Celebrates 2 Years Injury Free!!

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February 26 was the day for Hooper Care Center’s 2 Year Injury Free Celebration. I’m sure the winner of the short straw got the pleasure to grill in the sub zero temps we had that day. Even with the chill in the air the grilling was awesome and staff enjoyed the fantastic feast. Forty three […]

Liberal, KS: One Year Injury Free

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Wheatridge Park Care Center celebrated one year injury free very recently. Ed Remm and Mitch Elliot along with Chris Pokorny came all the way down to the Southwest Corner of Kansas to help us celebrate this milestone. The whole team along with the residents celebrated 365 days of no injuries with a great meal catered […]

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Red Cloud, NE: One Year Injury Free for the Seventh Time

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Team members from our home office, Vetter Health Services, Elkhorn, recognized Heritage of Red Cloud’s employees for another year of having no work related injuries. Following a scrumptious steak and chicken meal with all the trimmings that the team prepared and served to Heritage staff, a plaque presentation to Kim Grams, administrator and her team […]

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Alliance, NE: One Year Injury Free: Our Commitment to Safety

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It wasn’t the first time it happened at Highland Park, but the feat could be likened to winning back-to-back world titles in any sport. Without a total team commitment and solid, unwavering leadership, attaining an injury free status would be very difficult. The following home office press release sums up our accomplishment… Vetter Health Services […]

David City, NE: Mary Steinberger Retires After 33 Years

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We said farewell to our MDS Coordinator (also had been RN and DON during her tenure) Mary Steinberger after 33 years of service to David Place and the VHS family. We have many fond memories of Mary. Her wisdom, advice, and general knowledge of keeping order will be missed. We hope that she enjoys her […]

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Elkhorn, NE: Rhonda Flanigan is Promoted to Chief People Officer for Vetter Health Services

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Elkhorn, NE –  President Glenn Van Ekeren of Vetter Health Services (VHS) announced at the start of 2015, the promotion of Rhonda Flanigan as chief people officer. As the Chief People Officer, Rhonda serves on the VHS leadership team that guides the company’s overall strategic plans and development. In her role, Rhonda oversees the administrative […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Bronze Award Celebration with Jack Vetter

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On Thursday, December 18th, 2014 Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls welcomed Jack Vetter to our facility to celebrate our AHCA Bronze Commitment to Quality Award. Administrator, Ellen Hinrichs traveled to Washington D.C. in October 2014 to accept this award on the behalf of the facility. Residents and staff enjoyed a variety of refreshments, a […]

Fairbury, NE: Fairbury Receives 3 Years Deficiency Free

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Heritage Care Center is proud to announce that we have received 3 years deficiency free from our state department of health! We celebrated by having a catered meal brought in for our staff. We are very proud of our entire staff for accomplishing this fantastic achievement! We are providing dignity in life everyday for our […]

Fairbury, NE: Fairbury Receives Bronze Award

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HERITAGE CARE CENTER has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Receives President’s Award!

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Sumner Place was recognized by the Near South Neighborhood Association with a President Award for “Best Improvement to a Business” in 2014. The Near South Neighborhood Association is one of the oldest and most active groups in Lincoln, Nebraska. For over forty years they have worked to enhance the history, value, and legacy of this […]

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Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates THREE YEARS DEFICIENCY FREE!!!

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Sumner Place team members celebrated our 3rd Year Deficiency Free with Jack and Eldora on Monday, August 11th! The State visited Sumner Place in July and happily gave us a “clean bill of health.” Thanks to all our team members for making this opportunity possible by living and breathing our Mission, Vision, and Values! Also […]

Fairbury, NE: 2 Years Injury Free

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On June 11th we celebrated 2 years injury free here at Heritage Care Center. This year we went with husker theme and encouraged the staff to wear red or husker attire. Home office staff served a delicious lunch of steak, chicken, shrimp and various sides. They also served us a wonderful dessert and presented the […]

Home Office: A Surprise 80th Birthday Party

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Sandwiched into the agenda at the recent VHS Quality Symposium was an Hors de ourve hour that was set up as a guise for Jack’s surprise 80th birthday celebration. Three days before his actual birthday, July 25, the celebration was hosted by the VHS home office team. Some Vetter family members joined 120 others; the […]

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David Place, NE: Adminstrator Retires After 38 Years with David Place

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On Friday, March 14th the Administrator of David Place celebrated her coming retirement. Mary Lee Lippstreu and her children and grandchildren, along with Jack and Eldora Vetter, VHS Leadership team members, employees, community members, and residents all came together to celebrate a life devoted to caring for others. Many good stories were shared from people […]

Home Office: Papillion Manor and Westward Heights Recognized by American Health Care Association (AHCA)

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Papillion Manor, Papillion, NE and Westward Heights, Lander, WY have been recognized by American Health Care Association (AHCA) for meeting all quality initiative goals. Story Text: (Three sentences or more) Papillion Manor, Papillion, NE and Westward Heights, Lander, WY have been recognized by American Health Care Association (AHCA) for meeting all quality initiative goals. Papillion […]

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Hooper, NE: Celebrating 1 Year Injury Free

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Hooper Care Center’s goal for keeping themselves and their teammates free from injury was celebrated on February 27. Over 30 team members were able to attend the celebration and receive the recognition and appreciation from Jack and the team from Home Office. Hooper Care Center’s excellent team allows our residents to receive the world-class care […]

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Home Office: Jack and Eldora Honored at Douglas County Republican Party 2014 Elephant Remembers Event

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The Scott Center in Omaha was the site of the 2014 Elephant Remembers, a Douglas County Republican’s annual event that highlights the party’s successes in the past year and looks forward to the upcoming political elections. Jack and Eldora attended the event with family members, VHS team members, several quality partners and business associates. It […]

Emerson, NE: Emerson Injury Free Three Years

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Vetter Health Services is deeply committed to the safety of our employees and residents. As part of our injury prevention efforts, we take time to recognize and celebrate with each Vetter Health Service facility that has attained “Three Years — 1,095 days, 26,280 hours: Injury Free.” Heritage of Emerson in Emerson, Nebraska, a Vetter Health […]

David City, NE: Peg Kaufmans Retirement

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January 15th marked Peg Kaufmans last official day of work at David Place.  Peg joined our team 30 yrs. ago as a RN which she worked as a charge nurse for 5 yrs. In 1989, Peg became our Assistant Director of Nursing where she held that position for 25 yrs. Peg plans on spending her […]

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Liberal, KS: Inspiring Resident Goes Home Just Before Birthday, 101 Years Old!

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Thursday January 16, 2014. Wheatridge Park Care Center resident Etoile Witt celebrated 101 years young with family and friends. Everyone gathered in the dinning room to wish her wonderful birthday with many more to come. We celebrated with cake and your choice of beverage. Wheatridge is very privileged to have two residents that have reached […]

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