Conferences & Education

Vetter Health Services: Nurse Leadership Orientation

The Clinical Coordinators were pleased to host a Nurse Leadership Orientation at the home office on September 10 through September 12th. Some of the roles of the Twenty-two Leadership Nurses who attended this orientation were Directors of Nursing, Assistant Directors of Nursing, Staff Development Coordinators as well as leadership nurses who oversee Infection Prevention, Restorative […]

Home Office: CRC’s Go On The Road For PDPM Training With VHS MDS/Care Plan Coordinators

On September 10-12th, the Clinical Reimbursement Coordinators at VHS took their message about PDPM on the road to the MDS and Care Plan Coordinators. PDPM is a new Medicare payment model for skilled nursing facilities. Our stops included Linden Court in North Platte, Brookestone Acres in Columbus and Brookestone Meadows in Elkhorn. We had 100% […]

Vetter Health Services: Director’s of Nursing (DON) Conference

On August 13-15th, the Clinical Coordinators at VSL were honored to host the fine DON’s of our facilities. We covered many topics during our time together including special topics of PDPM, Risk Management, Survey Readiness/Management, Compassionate Accountability, and People Development. For the 3rd year, we invited 6 of our Quality Partners to come in and […]

PDC Conference a “Reunion to Remember”

People Development Coordinators from across the Vetter Senior Living family gathered for their annual conference at the home office. It was two days filled with learning, networking and sharing laughs together. The agenda included sharing ideas for recruiting and retaining team members, celebrating strengths, the latest on company benefits, an overview of company finances, and […]

Elkhorn, NE: Road Trip! Office Manager & Payroll Conference 2018

It had been 3 long years since the Financial Services Team welcomed our facility Office Managers and Payroll Coordinators to the Home Office. In the last three years, these roles faced many new challenges from PCC conversion, ADP conversion, Medicare and insurance changes, and most recently, the move into Non-Profit as Vetter Senior Living. We […]

Highland Park Hosts Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Seminar

Team members from the Highland Park Care Center Memory Support Team participated in an on-site Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar. This training is the required course for those individuals seeking the path to become Certified Dementia Practitioners through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and was developed by NCCDP. The 8 hour […]

Elkhorn, NE: BUDDIES FOREVER Making Impact on Quality Life and Quality Care at VSL 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 […]

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 […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Awards Scholarships

Heather Hallsted and Sandy Stockwell were recently chosen as recipients of Vetter Scholarships. These two ladies are much loved CNAs here at Ridgewood. Heather has been a CNA for 6 years and has been part of our Ridgewood family for a little over 2 years. She is a mother of three girls, aged 8, 6, […]


In April, 2016, Ann Brunzell, was awarded a scholarship through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators. The scholarship she received was the Rena R. Shephard Scholarship and is awarded to a first time attendee to the AANAC conference. This scholarship had many applicants, but our own Ann Brunzell was chosen to receive the honor. […]

Wahoo, NE: Mentoring – Do It Right! at South Haven

South Haven Administrator, Jalene Carpenter, attended the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit in San Antonio, TX. Jalene presented one of the sessions explaining the basics of Vetter Health Services Mentoring – Do It Right! Program. Attendees learned about the responsibilities, expectations and qualities of a good mentor. It also explored the importance of communication and adult learning […]

St Paul, NE: All Staff In-Service:Infection Prevention

All Staff In-service: Infection Prevention The all staff in-service in March focused on Infection Prevention. Our theme was : Follow the yellow brick road. Leadership team donned the Wizard of Oz costumes and took on the task of all staff education. We had 5 stations: Dorothy covered PPE and Isolation with her sparkling red shoes. […]

Emerson, NE: Three Nurses Now Certified in Gerontology at Heritage of Emerson!

Lexi Albrecht RN, BSN,BC recently completed her Geriatric Nurse Training and passed her board testing. This is a national accreditation. Less than 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 on disease processes, […]

Seward, NE: First Annual Safety Fair at Ridgewood

The Safety Fair provided an opportunity for full-time and part-time team members to refresh and to learn more about the necessary topics required by the regulations and policies. The topics included Resident Rights; Fire, Tornado, and Elopement Procedures; Dementia; HIPPA; Lockout Tagout, Hand-washing; and many more. Kathie O’Dell, our Staff Development Coordinator, spent a lot […]

Lander, WY: Nine New Mentors Graduate at Westward Heights

What does being a mentor mean to you? 1. Learning from someone with experience 2. Providing an uplifting/positive environment 3. Have someone to back you up! 4. Providing reinforcement 5. Forming new friendships 6. Being part of the solution This was the question that started the day and these were the answers from the group […]

Home Office: Energy and Enthusiasm are Contagious in Creating a Dynamic Work Environment

Creating a Dynamic Work Environment is a program that teaches individuals how to understand the dimensions of leadership that are most important and how their leadership strengths can be most effectively used in day to day work. It also helps them learn to use their authority to empower others and improve productivity in their organization. […]

Elkhorn, NE: The Journey of Learning Continues with the People Development Conference

Rhonda Flanigan, Chief People Officer at Vetter Health Services hosted 26 People Development Coordinators, Payroll Coordinators and Office Managers at the People Development Conference September 1-3. This two and a half day conference provided opportunity for attendees to reconnect with one another, build new relationships and learn from one another. Attendees had the opportunity to […]

Elkhorn, NE: VHS Office Managers Conference

VHS hosted the 2015 Office Managers Conference at the Home Office on August 20th & 21st. It was a special time of networking and education. Jeri Lewis, Medicare Accountant, provided helpful information on Admissions and Care Levels. Aaron Dunlap, Corporate Controller, previewed future technology changes to include Point Click Care and ADP which is a […]

Elkhorn, NE: Continuing Our World Class Journey

A room filled with magic, a place like no other, and the support we are given were just a few phrases that team members used to describe Vetter Health Service’s Home Office Orientation. Team members from Home Office and 14 Vetter facilities shared a close bond with one another while seeing and feeling what it […]

Elkhorn, NE: Martin Brothers Distributing Co. Hosts Making a Difference in Dementia Care Workshop

Martin Brothers Distributing Co. Inc. hosted a one day workshop titled, Making a Difference in Dementia Care in Omaha, Nebraska on July 28, 2015. Teepa Snow, internationally renowned dementia expert and educator presented an engaging session that incorporated experiential learning components throughout. Teepa’s session reviewed how people with dementia lose their ability to communicate wants […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Energizes Team with BUDDIES FOREVER Skills

Heritage of Bel-Air hosted the monthly team in-service with an atmosphere of fun and team building. The leadership team engaged in singing Mission, Vision, Values and had the entire team join in for some fun musical reminders of the heart of Vetter Health Services. The team was reminded of some important components of the Abuse […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven RN Receives Scholarship

On April 22, Shannon Locke-Gyhra, RN at South Haven Living Center, received the 2015 American Health Care Congressional Briefing Scholarship from the Nebraska Health Care Foundation. The scholarship was presented to Locke-Gyhra at the association’s Spring Convention in Kearney, Neb. The American Health Care Association Congressional Briefing Scholarship recipients are direct care staff awarded the […]

Wahoo, NE: Scholarship Awarded To South Haven’s Jacquie Fults!

On April 19th at our All Team meeting Jacquie Fults was presented with a $1000 scholarship from Vetter Health Services. Jacquie has been a nursing assistant at South Haven since 2011. Each day she makes a positive impact on the quality of life for our residents. Mission, Vision, Values are truly at the heart of […]

Lincoln, NE: Southlake Village Team Members Honored with NEHCA Scholarships

The Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center family is excited to announce that team members Samantha Billings, CNA and Gayle Resh, CTRS were awarded scholarships at the NNFA/NALA Spring Convention on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Kearney. Samantha Billings received one of four $750 LPN scholarships offered to individuals wishing to attend an LPN School […]

Papillion, NE: One of Our Own!

Rebecca Miller, a team member in the social services department at Papillion Manor, was recently the recipient of the “Social Service Designee Training Scholarship.” She was recognized at the NNFA/NALA Spring Convention Awards Banquet held on Wednesday, April 22 in Kearney, Nebraska for this prestigious honor. Rebecca already has her degree in Social Work (CSW), […]

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: Fresh Ideas Shared During VHS Housekeeping and Laundry Conference


Vetter Health Services recently held their two day Housekeeping and Laundry Conference. The agenda was full of various speakers, including a few of our Quality Partners who had new versions of equipment to share along with Best Practice tips .Rhonda Flanigan, Chief People Officer and Ron Seipold, Environmental Services Coordinator showed their acting skills by […]

Home Office: Play, Be There, Make Their Day and Choose Your Attitude!


What does The FISH! Philosophy have to do with skilled nursing and rehabilitation? A lot! No, we aren’t working near a little fish market in Seattle, but we do believe in the four principles that are the foundation of their company: Play, Be There, Make Their Day and Choose Your Attitude. During our Home Office […]

Home Office: Online Learning Opportunities for All VHS Team Members


New, exciting and full of possibilities! This is what the online learning programs, NetLearning and Lippincott, along with the eLearning tool Articulate Storyline can do to enhance the online learning opportunities for Vetter Health Services team members. The VHS Online Learning Team provided a glimpse into these programs during the March team meeting. They put […]

Home Office: Mentors are Making a Difference!


The Vetter Health Services Mentoring Do It Right! Program continues to be a focus in all of our facilities. We believe that a solid mentoring program is a key part of creating a “Wow” experience for our new team members from the moment they are hired and throughout their careers. Research has also proven that […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Focuses on Strengths


As a strengths-based company, all VHS Home Office and facility leadership team members take the Clifton StrengthsFinder upon hire. This assessment tool measures talent and identifies potential for building upon strengths. Strengths training is also beneficial in helping team members understand one another’s strengths and how they can grow as a team. Angie Hamilton, Certified […]

Fairbury, NE: Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship winners

Mikala Chrastil and Chelsea McCardle were the lucky winners of the $1,000 VHS scholarships. Everyone at Heritage is very proud of the hard work and dedication these ladies have for their work. Mikala is working towards her associate’s degree at Southeast Community College in Beatrice, and Chelsea is working towards her bachelor’s degree in business […]

Geneva, NE: 2015 VHS Education Sholarship Awarded to Heritage Crossings Team Member


Heritage Crossings of Geneva, NE would like to congratulate Maria Soares on receiving the VHS $1,000 Scholarship. The VHS Academic Committee for Excellence (ACE) has selected Maria as the recipient for the scholarship to be used towards her degree in RN Associates Degree. This was a difficult decision for the committee because of the number […]

Home Office: The Power of Person-Centeredness in Long-Term Care: A View Across the Continuum


In an effort to expand the overall discussion on experience, this paper explores the perspectives and practices of the patient, resident and family experience in long-term care. It examines that while there are clear and distinct differences at the various points in the care continuum, there is also a much stronger connection than we might […]

St Paul, NE: Scholarship Winner


Shelly Shannon was presented with a $1000 scholarship from Vetter Health Services on February 20th. Administrator, Brenda Ewers-Nordhues, presented the scholarship to Shelly at the monthly All Staff meeting. Shelly is pursuing her RN at Southeast Community College in Grand Island. Shelly is currently working as the Interim Assistant Director of Nursing at Brookefield Park. […]

Elkhorn, NE: Aryn Hill Receives Vetter Health Services Scholarship


On February 12th, just before Valentine’s Day, Aryn Hill received a wonderful surprise as she was awarded a Vetter Health Services Scholarship. “The Vetter Health Services Scholarship has been developed to encourage personal and professional growth in the health care industry”, as stated in the scholarship application. This scholarship also helps to show team members […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Scholarship Award Winner

Betty Award 1

Betty Ward, LPN (left) has the look of surprise on her face as Administrator Ellen Hinrichs presents to her the $1,000.00 Scholarship Award Letter from Glenn Van Ekeren on 2/4/2015. Betty who is the Care Plan Nurse at Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls has been working towards her Associates Degree in Nursing at Ellsworth […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Village Trains for the Implementation of PointClickCare


Keri Wlaschin, from Pathway Health, spent several days at Home Office training Brookestone Village team members for their EHR software implementation, PointClickCare (PCC). The goal of an EHR is to have accurate, up-to-date, and complete information about residents at the point of care to improve the overall quality of care. This enables the sharing of […]

Elkhorn, NE: Home Office Orientation Provides a Glimpse into Jack and Eldora’s Heart


Vetter Health Services held our latest Home Office Orientation January 20th – 22nd. The team members had an opportunity to learn more about the VHS Leadership Team and department teams within the Home Office. They also had the chance to learn about Eldora Vetter’s book “Interlaced” and have their books personally signed by Eldora. A […]

Gering, NE: New Staff Orientation


Heritage Estates welcomed Angie Hamilton and Dani Hearron from Vetter Health Services to the facility the week of November 17th thru the 21st. Angie and Dani were on hand to help “roll out” the companies New Staff Orientation Process. This new process is the culmination of several years of development from a committee tasked with […]

Elkhorn, NE: A Mix of Talent at Home Office Orientation


November 4th -6th, 2014 was Vetter Health Services fourth Home Office Orientation of the year. It was wonderful to have a mix of talented professionals from several of our VHS communities join us. Many of those attending orientation were new to VHS, while others have been with VHS for various periods of time. The purpose […]

Fairbury, NE: Infection Control In-Service


On Thursday, November 20th, we held our annual infection control in-service. This year’s theme was Gilligan’s Island and we welcomed the staff to Infection Control Island! We split up into two teams and challenged everyone to games and trivia about infection control. They dug through clothes hampers to find PPEs, searched through sand filled, treasure […]

Seward, NE: Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Visited Ridgewood

One of our local grocery stores was having a promotion with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on Friday November 14. Our very own Life Enrichment team member Clara called the store and talked with the owner Paul and he arranged for the wienermobile to come to Ridgewood. It was very cold outside with a high of […]

Home Office: Mentor Training: Team Members’ Perspectives


Vetter Health Services held a Mentor Training Session at Home Office on Oct. 27, 2014 for 38 of our team members. We are so proud of the excitement and enthusiasm team members are showing for the Mentoring – Do It Right! Program. “As the newest member of the Vetter Health Services family, the Brookestone Acres […]

Fairbury, NE: Creating a Dynamic Work Environment


Tina DeFrain, Paige Hill, Chelsea McCardle, Val Weishahn, and Beth Block attended “Creating a Dynamic Work Environment” on October 22, 2014 in Elkhorn, NE. The goal of the two day seminar was to gain a clear understanding of the VHS mission, vision and values and learn more about communication, leadership, trust, moral and building a […]

Elkhorn, NE: VHS Team Presents on Comprehensive Dementia Care at American Healthcare Association


Miekka Milliken, Social Services and Admissions Coordinator, and Cameo Rogers, Life Enrichment Coordinator for Vetter Health Services presented in collaboration with Erin Bonitto, from Gemini Consulting at the American Healthcare Association National Convention held at The Gaylord at National Harbor in Washington D.C. from October 6 – 9, 2014. Miekka and Cameo were able to […]

Elkhorn, NE: VHS Life Enrichment Coordinators Participate in Activity Professional’s Conference


Several VHS Life Enrichment Coordinators participated in a one day continuing education opportunity hosted by the Activity Professional’s Association of Omaha (APA). The seminar included speakers on using music therapy techniques, how to enhance quality of life for those with specialized diets, cultural awareness, fall-themed expressive arts using repurposed items from “around the house,” exercise […]

Home Office: VHS Team Facilitates Alzheimer’s Training for Nebraska Healthcare Association


Cameo Rogers, Life Enrichment Coordinator for Vetter Health Services is also an instructor for National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners or NCCDP. Cameo presented the NCCDP Alzheimer’s and Dementia Seminar curriculum for the Nebraska Healthcare Association in Kearney, NE on October 14 and 15, 2014. A group of VHS team members were in attendance for […]

Fairbury, NE: Staff Training


On Tuesday, October 21st we used the new IN2L for a staff training on how to properly place a brace for a resident. The staff on the floor came and watched the demonstration, but we also recorded it on the IN2L for staff that wasn’t able to make it to the training. We love how […]

Home Office: Take Time to Care Program


The Vetter Health Services Take Time to Care program is designed to enhance relationships, build teams, refine communication skills, activate common courtesies and enrich people’s lives. A rewrite of this program began in January of 2013 and a pilot of the rewrite was completed in early September. Team members for various VHS facilities went through […]