Mission, Vision & Values

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 […]

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Recognizing Quality Care: Kristal Gonzales

Continuity of Care – knowing your residents, knowing your team: Kristal Gonzales, LPN at Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center recently celebrated ten years of providing Quality Care as an Excellent Team member of Vetter Health Services/Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center. The Leadership team surprised Kristal with an unexpected recognition – but the Quality […]

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 […]

Red Cloud, NE: Home Office One Year Injury Free Recognition for Heritage of Red Cloud

A celebration to recognize and honor Heritage of Red Cloud employees for being one year injury free was hosted by Jack Vetter along with several of his home office team members including Ed Remm, VHS Safety Coordinator. Following the delicious chicken or steak meal prepared by the VHS team, Ed Remm, spoke about the significance […]

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 […]

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 […]

Home Office: Advocating For Our Residents

Colleen Vanek, Jalene Carpenter, Glenn Van Ekeren, Shari Terry were recently in  the heart of Washington DC advocating on behalf of the elderly regarding issues such as; increasing customer satisfaction, increase staff stability, safely reducing off label anti-psychotics, reducing rehospitalizations, improved discharge to community and reduce hospitalization among long stay residents. Quality Reputation:  We will […]

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 […]

Papillion, NE: Celebrating our Certified Nurses

March 19th was Certified Nurses Day so we wanted to show our appreciation to Maureen Blaylock and Valerie Hemphill, two very special nurses here at Papillion Manor. They have both completed their geriatric nurse training and passed the national Gerontological Certification exam. This training expands the knowledge, skills, and competencies of a Registered Nurse in […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefiled Park: St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce “Employee of the Year”

The St. Paul area Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet on Sunday, February 28. The theme for this years banquet was “The Winning Team”. This is a very fitting theme for Brookefield Park and our Environmental Supervisor, Mitch Spontanski, who received the “Employee of the Year” award! Mitch was nominated because of his dedication […]

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Administrator Celebrate 5 Years of Service at Sumner Place

Residents and staff of Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation proudly honored Larry VanHunnik, Administrator, for his five years of service to our community on Friday, January 15th, 2015. We welcomed Patrick Fairbanks, Director of Facility Operations at Vetter Health Services, to graciously present Larry with his five year pin. Larry is a true leader […]

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: 5th Consecutive Annual Excellence in Action Award

Heritage of Emerson was recently recognized for being in the top 10% of the My InnerView by National Research Corporation survey findings as the recipient of the Excellence in Action Award for an outstanding Customer Satisfaction Survey. This is the fifth consecutive annual recognition in this category. The ranking for the award is determined by […]

North Platte, NE: Linden Estates Injury Free

Linden Estates was recently recognized for being One Year-365 days, 8,760 hours: Injury Free. A celebration to honor Linden Estates was held on Dec. 10. This celebration included a steak and chicken barbecue hosted by Vetter Health Services. We were honored to have many of our home office support team here to serve us. The […]

Hooper, NE: A Day of Celebration

November 2 was a Day of Celebration for Hooper Care Center. Residents, staff, family and friends joined in to celebrate the FOUR awards Hooper Care Center has received. We were honored to have Heath Bode president of Nebraska Health Care come and celebrate with us. Andy Fuston presented the facility’s Employee Advisory Council with the […]

Hooper, NE: The Table is Set for our People Focused Advisory Council

Hooper Care Center is participating in the People Focused Culture Journey. We held an election on September 24 for our Employee Advisory Council. We are excited to do what we can to make Hooper Care Center the Best Place to Work for Miles Around!! Advisory council members are Kris Burt restorative aide, Katie Stanton RN […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Receives Excellence in Action Award!

On August 31st, 2015, the National Research Corporation notified Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation that they received an Excellence in Action Award for 2014 – 2015. A survey was conducted by MyInnerView, an applied research company providing leaders in skilled nursing, assisted living and senior housing with tools to ensure, benchmark and improve performance. […]

Elkhorn, NE: Friends From Near and Far

This week we were able to have some special friends visit Brookestone Meadows and tour with Vetter Health Services President, Glenn Van Ekeren and his wife Marty. Our “near” friend is Heath Boddy, President and CEO of the Nebraska Health Care Association. Our friends from a far were Julie Painter, Teresa Eyet, Sharon Purvis, and […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Heritage Celebrates 1year Injury Free

Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls, Iowa celebrated one year injury free very recently. Ed Remm along with Todd Vetter, Josh Wuthrich, Joel Wichman, Ron Seipold, Ed Rowswell, Andy Fuston, Mary Ann Thurman, Mitch Elliott, Kelli Archer and Katie Mantz came all the way to Iowa to help us celebrate this milestone. The whole team […]

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, […]

Columbus, NE: Congratulations Mentors

Brookestone Acres congratulates our team members on their successful completion of Mentor Training! Chelsea, Jesus, Laura, Randy and Sandy participated in Mentor training May 1. They join our current Mentor Champions: Dan, Karen, Kathy, Stephanie and Tanya. We are eager for them to Mentor new team members at our facility as they demonstrate the Mission, […]

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 […]

Elkhorn, NE: Dawn Truckenbrod Selected As Finalist At “Excellence In Nursing Awards Gala”

Last Thursday evening, April 23rd, at the Omaha Press Club, the First Annual Excellence In Nursing Awards Gala was held by Omaha Magazine. Mr. Todd Lempke, of Omaha Magazine stated that “we felt it was time for nurses to be recognized for their contributions to the people they care for.” Over 150 nominations were submitted […]

Geneva, NE: Heritage Crossings Resident Honored by Receiving 2015 Nebraska Nursing Facility Association Resident of the Year Award!

The Nebraska Nursing Facility Association honored Ralph ‘Waldo’ Schinzel with the 2015 Resident of the Year Award. Waldo is a proud and active resident at Heritage Crossings in Geneva. He was presented with a special plaque at the NNFA Conference in Kearney by Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley. This prestigious award was given to recognize […]

Elkhorn, NE: Just A “Groovy” Celebration

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In the spirit of the 40th Anniversary year for Vetter Health Services, the Brookestone Meadows Team had a great time with a 70s themed day.   Authentic attire (from the 70s) as well as newly tie dyed items, showed up all over the place! Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, yes even on a cold March day, […]

Home Office: ERMAA Chapter Receives Gift of a Handicapped Accessible Van

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One of the five original sites of this rural ministries Project, the Hooper – Scribner – Uehling (HSU) Chapter of ERMAA (Enhancing Rural Ministries for Aging Adults) was started in the spring 2008. It has grown to be supported locally by many churches, organizations and groups within these communities. Charter churches were United Lutheran and […]

Springfield, MO: Take A Lap Program

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At the Manor at Elfindale, we launched a fall reduction program in the September 2013 to try and decrease the number of falls in our home. We were experiencing much success with our program until we noted last November that falls were again on the rise, especially on day shift. Inspired by Glenn’s seminar, “Creating […]

Home Office: Dementia Program’s Goal: To Change People’s Perceptions

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Team members started by changing the way they interpreted behavioral expressions and then spread the word to others. By: K. Miekka Milliken, CSW, NHA, and Cameo Rogers, CTRS, CDP, CDCM Perhaps the long term care management company, Vetter Health Services, Omaha, Neb., with 30 long term care communities across five states, has always been weird. […]

St Edward, NE: Al and Betty Schwalm Benefit

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At Cloverlodge are very lucky to have a staff member by the name of Betty Schwalm. Betty is a LPN and a night charge nurse. On December 31, while at work she received a call from her husband and he was having chest pains and trouble breathing. So Betty left work of course to attend […]

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 […]

Home Office: VHS Facilities Receive National Recognition for Outstanding Customer Satisfaction

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Heritage of Emerson, Emerson, Nebraska; Heritage Estates Cottages, Gering, Nebraska; and Papillion Manor, Papillion, Nebraska received My Inner View’s Excellence in Action awards, a national honor recognizing the facility’s commitment to superior customer satisfaction. Skilled nursing centers, assisted living and independent living communities, must have completed a customer satisfaction survey in 2013. The awards, which […]

Home Office: VHS Facilities Receive National Recognition for Outstanding Team Satisfaction

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Tiffany Square, Grand Island, Nebraska; Hooper Care Center, Hooper, NE and Westward Heights Care Center, Lander, WY received My Inner View’s Excellence in Action awards, a national honor recognizing the facility’s commitment to superior team satisfaction. Skilled nursing centers, assisted living and independent living communities, must have completed a team satisfaction survey in 2013. The […]

Home Office: VHS Facilities Receive National Recognition for Outstanding Customer Satisfaction and Outstanding Team Satisfaction

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Cloverlodge Care Center, St. Edward, Nebraska; Brookefield Park, St. Paul, Nebraska; and Heritage of Red Cloud, Red Cloud, Nebraska received My Inner View’s Excellence in Action awards, a national honor recognizing the facility’s commitment to superior customer and team satisfaction. Skilled nursing centers, assisted living and independent living communities, must have completed a customer satisfaction […]

Wahoo, NE: Living The Mission, Vision, Values!

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Glenn VanEkeren, President of Vetter Health Services recently joined us for our morning standup to recognize our Administrator Jalene Carpenter. For the last three years Jalene has served on Vetter Health Services President Advisory Council. The VHS President’s Advisory Council is made up of four administrators committed to being a living, breathing example of our […]

Home Office: Repurposing Can Be A Greater Blessing

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Todd Vetter called – 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 VHS Quality Partner who equips our resident vans for handicap transportation. […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Wins HealthCaps Photo Contest

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For the past six years, Health Caps has provided an opportunity for long term care facilities to enter into a photo contest that consists of three categories: Buildings and Grounds, Residents and Families, and Caregivers. This year Sumner Place was awarded 1st place in the Resident and Family category for a grand prize of $1,000!! […]

Vetter Foundation: The Vetter Foundation Sends $12,000 to Convoy of Hope to Assist With Relief Efforts

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In communication with Jeff Swaim, Executive Director of Church Relations for Convoy of Hope he reiterated the massive devastation of this most powerful storm – Super Typhoon Haiyan. He shared that Convoy of Hope has a program in the Philippines so they designated a transfer of food and relief items from the warehouse there one […]

Home Office:Cameo Rogers, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Vetter Health Services was presented the 2012-2013 Outstanding Therapeutic Recreation Professional Award

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Cameo Rogers, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Vetter Health Services was presented the 2012-2013 Outstanding Therapeutic Recreation Professional Award from the Nebraska Recreation and Parks Association at the Annual Educational Institute on September 17, 2013 in South Sioux City, NE. Levin Collins, President of the Nebraska Recreation and Parks Association presented the award. Cameo serves as […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center Receives Bronze National Quality Award

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  Seward, NE – Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center has been recognized as a 2013 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through improved quality care. The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American […]

Wahoo, NE: Celebrating 25 Years With VHS

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South Haven proudly surprised Mary Mittan with a party honoring her for her 25 years of service with Vetter Health Services. Residents and staff had thumb printed a tree thanking Mary. Everyone enjoyed a video of Mary over the years, followed by cake and punch. In 1988 Mary joined the team as the office manager […]

Elkhorn, NE: Kids Against Hunger Omaha, Vetter Health Service team helps to Pack a Million Meals During Million Meal March.

1 in 5 U.S. and Nebraska Children is ‘Food Insecure’ and Doesn’t Know Where Their Next Meal Will Come From … or When Thousands of Kids Against Hunger Omaha volunteers from nearly 20 organizations, assembled to pack a million meals at CenturyLink Center Omaha April 5 and 6 for the 2013 Million Meal March, an […]

Home Office: Three Years Injury Free: Our Commitment to Safety

 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 or Home Office when they have attained “3 Years – 1,095 days: Injury Free.” Vetter Health Service home office in Elkhorn, […]

Elkhorn, NE: The American Advertising Federation of the Ozarks Presents a Gold ADDY® Award to The Vetter Foundation & Jackson+Appleton for The Vetter Foundation Video

The Vetter Foundation & Jackson+Appleton were recognized and awarded with a Gold ADDY® at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of the local Ozarks ADDY® competition on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the Diamond Room in Springfield, MO for their entry of The Vetter Foundation video. The Vetter Foundation video was recognized for the Public Service, […]

St. Edward, NE: Cloverlodge Care Center Creates Advocacy Center

Congrats to all of you for being World Class Advocates for our profession. Several of you are looking for ways to create your advocacy center. St. Edward has shared a snapshot of their center to help give you some ideas!   http://www.ahcancal.org/advocacy/Pages/AdvocacyCenter.aspx Submitted by Linda Zentner, Administrator Cloverlodge Care Center, St. Edward, Nebraska

Home Office: Mary Lee Lippstreu Honored For 30 Years of Service

During Mary Lee’s visit to the home office for Operating Plans.  Vetter Health Services honored her for 30 years of service to VHS.  Patrick read the definition to Mary Lee’s strength “Belief”.  Julie Knobbe, one of the three total now (Jack being the other) who have celebrated 30 years with the company pins Mary Lee’s 30 […]