Coronavirus / COVID-19 Prevention in VSL Buildings

We are all are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it may impact residents and team members at Vetter Senior Living facilities. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. As the Coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, we have received new rules […]

Emerson, NE: Heritage of Emerson Donates Funds to Emerson Medical Clinic Radiology Department

Heritage of Emerson donated funds to the Pender Community Hospital Foundation in the sum of $3,300.00 . The monies are earmarked for use in the new Emerson Medical Clinics Radiology Department. This past June, Heritage of Emerson hosted a golf tournament with a goal of contributing to the new clinics radiology department. Earnings from the […]

Emerson, NE: Alan Jackson’s Biggest Fan Wish Come True!

Dreamweaver’s made a wish come true for our resident Marjorie. It took a little over a year and two concert postponements, but Marjorie was finally able to see her favorite country music singer in concert! Alan Jackson performed on Friday September 13th in Omaha before a huge crowd that included Marjorie, her daughter Penny and […]

Emerson, NE: 2019 Champion of Merrymakers Awarded

The Merrymakers Sandy Lemke and Joe Taylor recently congratulated Kellie Wageman, Life Enrichment Coordinator and Certified Dementia Practitioner at Heritage of Emerson, for her Champion of Merrymakers Award. Thanking her for helping them to achieve their vision: To provide professional music programs that improve the well-being of seniors and inspire joy, fond memories and social […]

Emerson, NE: Fantastic!

Sherri Brown RN-BC now joins Lexi Albrecht RN-BC and Fran Pickering RN-BC in being board certified in gerontological nursing. Less than 1% nationally have this certification. They are the only three in the tri-county area. Congrats Ladies! We are so proud to have you on our team and serving our residents! Excellence-We continually pursue opportunities […]

Emerson, NE: CELEBRATION 3000!

Celebrating 3000 days injury free at Heritage of Emerson was a blast! The entire day was filled with something fun for everyone. The Safety Committee worked hard to create a fun atmosphere to celebrate the dedication of the team members who have skillfully performed their job duties and remained safe and injury free in doing […]

Emerson, NE: Community Spotlight

Recently Shellee Huggneberger and Denise Roeber presented Melissa Twohig, representing the EHHS Boosters Club with a check for $430. The monies were earned by Heritage of Emerson while painting the EHHS Pirate logo on driveways and sidewalks this fall. Several residents of Emerson and Hubbard had participated in the event. Quality Reputation:  We will be […]

Emerson, NE: Fantastic! Excellent! Plentiful!

This past weekend Heritage of Emerson hosted its annual Fall Harvest Dinner. Each resident hosted his or her family members or friends for a special Thanksgiving style dinner. Everywhere you turned around there were smiles, hugs and conversations flowing. A special note left at the end of the day sums up one family members experience […]

Emerson, NE: Halloween Team Costume Fun

Heritage of Emerson team members to the challenge to heart! Administrator Shellee Huggenberger had great “Courage” as her crew pulled off the “Wizard of Oz” theme. Our dietary gals had a fun game of cat and mouse that the residents couldn’t help but laugh and pull a few tails. The Therapy room went all out […]

Emerson, NE: Faithful in Prayer

Praying the rosary together afforded this group of faithful ladies to embrace this spiritual time in a new setting with a purpose. “To make it all the way through without getting distracted or falling asleep”. The rosary begins with the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed, an Our Father, three Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be. […]

Emerson, NE: Blooming Inspiration!

Joann has been a crafter her whole life. In fact, Joann and her husband John earned extra spending money from the crafts the two of them created and sold. Recently Joann exhibited her latest artistic creation at the Dakota-Thurston County Fair. She received a purple on her brightly colored beautiful bouquet of flowers. The flowers […]

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Emerson, NE: Great! Great! Great!

Great! Great! Great! Oh the places we like to go, especially, when it’s for the first time. Why, because, you are never too old to try or have a first experience. Residents at Heritage of Emerson are eager for adventure. Most had never been to either of the locations we visited. The latest outing took […]

Emerson, NE: Tip Toe Through the Tulips

Heritage of Emerson celebrated National Skilled Nursing Care Week with a trip to the Orange City IA, Tulip Festival. Ten residents along with team members from Heritage and volunteers enjoyed a day in the sun! Attending the woodcarvers demonstration, viewing the various tulip beds, and watching the parade in all its splendor they celebrated in […]

Emerson, NE: Sweet Valentines Day!

An exciting day full of surprises and tears of joy sums up our Valentine’s Day this year. Special congratulations go out to Princess Faye K., Queen Maryalice ., King Leon “Fritz” F., and Prince John W. The event was held on Wednesday February 14th just before lunch. Following the coronation the group enjoyed a delicious […]

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 […]

Emerson, NE: Making the News

Making the News! Heritage of Emerson held their annual Tree of Love Party the first week of December. Hosting the festivities were news personalities from Siouxland television station KTIV. WINNAVegas Casio and Resort provided the gifts for the residents. They came beautifully wrapped and personalized for each resident! Family and friends joined their loved ones […]

Emerson, NE: Casting a Spell of “Excellence”

Casting a spell of “Excellence” on team members this month, the Hocus Pocus Witches and Billy led the way for a mesmerizing day of crazy costumes. Each department was encouraged to come up with a theme and dress up for the day. The opportunity allowed team members to creatively find a fun way to unify […]

Emerson, NE: “North to Alaska” via ticket of the IN2L!

Spontaneous travel was the ticket to an informative and engaging virtual trip to Alaska. With our guide Jody, daughter of John and Joann who are residents at Heritage of Emerson, we traveled from Anchorage to the Yukon River and Barrow to Whittier. Our ticket was the IN2L. Our mini vacation included social studies , science […]

Emerson, NE: Luau Dress Up Day

Heritage of Emerson PEP Club has been initiating fun dress up days for the month of June; Pajama Day, Favorite Team Day, Crazy Hat Day and Luau Day. Team members dressed up in their version of the Luau theme. The entire home was decorated in tropical décor, including utilizing the in2l for tropical scenery and […]

Emerson, NE: Celebrating 30 Years with VHS!

Congratulations to Shellee Huggenberger, Administrator at Heritage of Emerson, for 30 years of service with Vetter Health Services. Team members surprised Shellee with a cake and a personal gift for her to enjoy on her patio. Shellee is passionate about Dignity in Life and living the Mission Vision Values set forth by Vetter Health Services. […]

Emerson, NE: The Orphan Train Stops In Emerson!

Heritage of Emerson recently received Humanities Nebraska speaker, Charlotte Endorf presenting “Excess Baggage- The Orphan Train”. The event hosted a large group of community members including the Emerson Hubbard 4th Grade Elementary Class. This community wide intergenerational event was both entertaining and educational. The community of Emerson has personal interest in the orphan train as […]

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 […]

Emerson, NE: Valentine Coronation

On Tuesday February 14th Heritage of Emerson Crowned this year’s Royalty.  Pictured Prince Densil S., King Leland K., Queen Nancy L., Princess Millie Z. Friends and family were present for the coronation that was held at noon. Everyone enjoyed fabulous Valentines meal prepared by John Ahlers; Beef Wellington, roasted new potatoes, candied carrots, homemade rolls […]

Emerson, NE: 6 Year Safety Celebration

The Heritage of Emerson team takes working safe very seriously. Heritage of Emerson recently celebrated another yearly milestone by reaching the six year mark early in December. It is an accomplishment that takes an excellent team approach from every member of the group. Working safe is promoted continually among team members. Heritage has maintained an […]

Emerson, NE: The First Gift of Christmas

During the month of November several residents worked on folding, rolling and twisting hand towels into teddy bears. The bears are decorated with a ribbon and a special hand written note. The note was written by one of Heritage of Emerson own residents. The note reads “He’s not at all like other bears, He comes […]

Emerson, NE: “Tree Skirt Tuesday” It’s a Thing!

Tuesdays have now become the official silly day to dress up at Heritage of Emerson during the month of December. Starting with this Tuesday, team members were challenged to wear “tree skirts” as part of their wardrobe. Using their tree-mendous imaginations, team members pulled off a challenge to please the residents. Visitors, vendors and even […]

Emerson, NE: “Oh Give Thanks!” Family Harvest Dinner

“Come Lord Jesus be our guest” reverberated throughout the dining room on Saturday as families said grace. Heritage of Emerson hosted its annual Family Harvest Dinner on Saturday, November 12th. Residents hosted their families for a traditional Thanksgiving style dinner. For many of the residents it’s like “Thankful Christmas.” The families are able to gather […]

Emerson, NE: Glo in the Dark!

Heritage of Emerson held a 5K Glo Fun Run/Walk this past month. The fundraising event earned $1000. Matching funds will be given by Vetter Health Services Foundation. The event was held to raise money for Emersons Wellness Committee. We would like to thank the Emerson Wellness Committee and all those who came out for the […]

Emerson, NE: Grillin’ and Chillin’

Once upon a Friday late in summer… Just as the story goes, we took advantage of one of last days of summer to head out to the lake for an enjoyable time. The large group of residents and team members spent leisurely hours at the Kramper Lake and Danish Alps Recreation Area. Pelicans, geese, ducks […]

Emerson, NE: See You At The Fair!

“I loved everything!” Now that is a perfect answer when asking our residents what they enjoyed about the fair. The warm summer day was spent touring the exhibit buildings; 4-H, Open Class, Community and Commercial booths. The day included taking in attractions such as the antique tractors and equipment as well as the old train […]

Emerson, NE: 30 Years of Service Recognized

Cindy Hingst has been serving residents for 30 years at Heritage of Emerson. Working in housekeeping and laundry, she has dedicated herself to making sure the resident’s home and clothing are clean neat and well taken care of. Cindy and her husband live on a farm in rural Emerson. She was recognized for her dedication […]

Emerson, NE: Last Splash of Summer!

Heritage of Emerson hosted a Friday Family Fun Kids Day. Team Members children and grandchildren visited Heritage of Emerson for an exciting afternoon. It all began with an interactive picnic lunch. Playing outdoors in a bounce house, on a slip and slide or kiddie pool were a few of the fun activities the group took […]

Emerson, NE: Heritage of Emerson Receives Recognition In Local Parades

Team members put their heads, hearts and hands to good use in creating the float. Launching the thought process, they fired off with the National Nursing Home Week theme for this year “It’s a small world with a big heart.” The float featured a heart with the center cut out and a globe spinning on […]

Emerson, NE: Painting Social

Residents, guests and team members gathered to paint door decorations. Painting parties are a social trend and the fun was brought to Heritage of Emerson. DeAndra , host of “Door Social”, brought her supplies to share. She coached the group on the painting process as they designed their very own door decor. Each artist created […]

Emerson, NE: World Class Travelers

For the second year in a row, Heritage of Emerson residents have made the 100 mile trip to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Eight residents and eight team members /volunteers, braved the warm June day. They went with a sense of adventure and desire to see, learn and feel all they could about the environment and […]

Emerson, NE: Celebrating Success!

Heritage of Emerson would like to congratulate Melinda Roland, MFP and Jenna Roeber, RN. The two have worked hard to achieve their goals. Melinda has been attending Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, where she has earned an Associate’s degree in Arts, specializing in Culinary Arts and Hospitality. She also is currently completing her degree as […]

Emerson, NE: Blooming With Excitement!

The latest outing by Heritage of Emerson residents was to the Orange City, Ia. Tulip Festival. Orange City, Ia. Is about 75 miles north of Emerson and is host to an annual Tulip Festival. The Dutch community is in full bloom with cultural events during the three day time span. Residents experienced traditional Dutch foods […]

Emerson, NE: District #17 Candidate Meet & Greet Hosted At Heritage of Emerson

Heritage of Emerson hosted a meet and greet for District #17 Candidate, Joni Albrecht. Joni and her Mike live on farm in rural Thurston County. Mike is a fourth generation farmer. Joni is involved in the day-to-day operation, which includes a cow/calf operation, a small feedlot, corn and soybeans. Members from the surrounding community gathered […]

Emerson, NE: Clowning Around at the Circus

It was a great day for some clowning around when residents from Heritage of Emerson attended the Abu Bekr Shrine Circus in Sioux City, IA. A few of the residents had not been to the circus since they were small children. They were very excited to see all the acts. The favorites of the day […]

Emerson, NE: A Leprechaun Jig!

Sue L. in Dietary dances an Irish Jig! She came all dressed up as a Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day! Sue is a great example of how we enjoy finding fun ways to celebrate the little things in life with our residents! Sue took a lot of effort into creating such a fun expression of […]

Emerson, NE: Celebrating Doctor’s Day

Heritage of Emerson celebrated Dr.’s Day and Social Services month. An Omelet Bar was served in the morning for breakfast and a Pasta Bar at lunch time. Invitations were sent to the area Social Service coordinators from local clinics and hospitals as well as to the Doctors that service Heritage of Emerson. Melinda Roland, Dietary […]

Emerson, NE: The Buzz Word Around Heritage of Emerson is “Keep Beeing Safe!”

Heritage of Emerson Team Members are buzzing about being safe. The team is embarking on their sixth consecutive year working injury free. To keep the hive focused on their goal, Queen Safety Bee, Sue Leimer, Dietary Aid, created the theme and poster that is displayed in the break room at Heritage of Emerson. Bi-monthly a […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Emerson, NE: Off To The Lake

September is one of the best times of the year for enjoying the greater outdoors. Residents of Heritage enjoyed the sights and sounds of the new Kramper Lake and Danish Alps Recreation Area near Hubbard Nebraska. The location features wonderful handicap accessible parking, picnic and restroom areas. The group viewed the lake while enjoying a […]

Emerson, NE: “It’s Another First!”

When you have lived between 90 and 100 years there aren’t too many things in life that you have probably not experienced. Well for three of our residents they had a new first when they visited the Henry Doorly Zoo. When asking Marie, our centurion, if she would like to go, she first hesitated and […]

Emerson, NE: Heritage Gives Back to Emerson

Administrator, Shellee H. presented the Emerson Betterment Group and Wellness Center with a check for $1767.00. Heritage team members raised $767.00 through a Quilt Raffle. Vetter Foundation matched and donated a sum of $1000.00 The grand total was presented to the Emerson Betterment Committee Member, Roger S. and Wellness Committee Member, Linda R. during Friday […]

Emerson, NE: Family Car Show and Picnic

Family and friends gathered this month for our annual picnic. Grilled burgers and all the trimmings were served. Tim Javorsky of The Merrymakers performed for a crowd of 135. Following the entertainment residents and their family members ventured outdoors to see the classic cars and motorcycles. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a […]

Emerson, NE: Tri County Days Parade Fun!

Heritage of Emerson continued to celebrate the “Bring on the Fiesta” Theme from National Nursing Home Week during the community Tri County Days Parade. Residents enjoyed watching the parade and seeing the Shriners and other guests stop by for a visit. Smiles and waves were shared between the parade watchers and the parade float entrants. […]