Lincoln SP

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Veterans-To-Veterans Café at Sumner Place

Sumner Place is honored to host Veterans-To-Veterans Café sponsored by AseraCare Hospice. If you are a military Veteran, you are invited to attend this social coffee hour with other Veterans. Our last Veterans-To-Veterans Café was held on Tuesday, January 21st and our next one will be on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 from 10:00am to 11:00am. […]

Lincoln, NE: Bell Choir Rings in Christmas

Monika Gall, Life Enrichment Coordinator of Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, wanted to give residents a new purpose. Thinking outside the box, Gall, who has a musical education background, proposed a Bell Choir at their resident council this past September and many were intrigued. It was made clear that no musical background was […]

Lincoln, NE: Wagon Train Fishing Outing

Residents of Sumner Place enjoyed a fishing outing at Wagon Train Lake in Hickman, NE. Between the gravel roads and beautiful views, this group had a riot! Even though the fish weren’t huge (small bluegill), many laughs were shared and the weather was perfect. Mission – Dignity in Life Submitted by Megan Herter, Admissions & […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny made a stop at our Annual Sumner Place Easter Egg hunt to see all the children. Residents, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as team member’s children and family members had a great time taking pictures and finding the many eggs that were hidden. This year approximately 800 eggs were hidden in […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Prom “Red Carpet Event:

2019 Sumner Place Prom was a spectacular red-carpet event! Formal gowns and men’s formal wear were rented from Clara’s closet. Team members and volunteers helped get residents ready in the morning, including hair, makeup and nails. Families brought in boutonnieres and corsages to give to their loved ones. Lots of dancing happened and many smiles […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Spelling Bee

Eleven teams participated in the first Sumner Place Spelling Bee on Friday, March 29th, including residents, family members and team members. “Furlough” was the winning word and it was spelled correctly by “The Dynamo Team” (team members, Emily S. and Stephanie K. and resident, Onalea H.). Furlough means “leave of absence”. Onalea participated in her […]

Lincoln, NE: Social Drumming at Sumner Place

On Monday, March 18th Adventures in Social Drumming came to Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation for some social drumming. Adventures in Social Drumming is out of Iowa and was originally established in 2007 to enhance social and communication skills to those on the autism spectrum. Today they provide their services to those of all […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Receives Donation for Music & Memory Program

Music & Memory Donation Each year First Presbyterian Church puts together a dessert concert and charity fundraiser for a non-profit organization of their choice. Sumner Place is honored that this year they chose our facility. When they reached out to us to see what they could support, our Music & Memory program seemed very fitting. […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place 6th Annual Talent Show

Our 6th Annual Talent Show was a huge success! Residents, team members and others in the community put together a total of 13 different acts. We had singing, acting, joke telling, piano playing, a crochet display, Nebraska products and invention telling and much more! We all enjoyed the variety of acts and we love having […]

Lincoln, NE: Canvas Painting at Sumner Place

Residents of Sumner Place enjoyed a relaxing evening doing a canvas painting while having some wine and cheese. Everyone’s creativity really came out. They were able to choose whether they wanted to use a stencil, sponges or free-style. Relaxing music was played, conversations were had and smiles and laughs were shared. The beautiful canvases were […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Takes a Trip to Lithuania

Monika Gall, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Sumner Place, was born and raised in Lithuania. Monika and her family lived right on the Baltic Sea. She has lived in the United States for 16 years now. This week Monika took through Lithuanian history. We watched a video and then she told us some facts about Lithuania […]

Lincoln, NE: Vetter Scholarships Awarded at Sumner Place

Sumner Place is honored to announce that three of their team members were each awarded a $1,000 Vetter Senior Living Scholarship! All team members gathered in our lobby area on Thursday, December 13th for a little celebration. Larry Van Hunnik, Administrator of Sumner Place, presented them with their awards. Shelly LeFever has been an LPN […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates 400,000 Hours Injury Free!

On Tuesday, November 27th, Sumner Place was pleased to welcome members of the Home Office Staff to our facility to help us celebrate our employees working 400,000 hours Injury Free! Sumner Place was previously recognized for working 200,000 hours injury free earlier in the year. We are incredibly excited to have hit such a significant […]

Lincoln, NE: Trick-or-Treating at Sumner Place!

What a fun Halloween week our team members and residents had at Sumner Place. On Tuesday evening we had our annual Trick-or-Treating event, handing out over 12,000 pieces of candy! This year we added a twist to our event – a haunted garden! Children were having so much fun they didn’t want to leave. “How […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Ranch

What a wonderful celebration we had at our annual picnic! Our theme this year was “Sumner Place Ranch”, complete with a petting zoo that included bunnies, feathered chickens, goats, donkeys and one very tired calf! The chicken gave us a show by taking rides on the donkey. Everyone loved our live entertainment by Billy Troy. […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Dog Pageant

Sumner Place held our 4th Annual Dog Pageant on Friday, August 24, 2018. We all gathered in our front circle drive to watch the dogs parade through. Each entry was announced and their owner had the opportunity to talk about their dog – what their favorite toy is, what their favorite activities are, etc. They […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Olympics

The time has come for our athletes at Sumner Place to participate in the 2018 Senior Olympic games! We had a total of forty-four residents participate in six different events. These events included ping pong pitch, bowling, water gun shooting, bean bag toss, rocket toss and bucket toss. Our athletes were provided with ice cold […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates First Day of School!

Come one, come all! Sumner Place kept our “first day of school” tradition alive on Monday as the students and their families headed home from school. Nearly 300 popsicles were handed out in about 30 minutes! We love having Prescott Elementary as a neighbor that we can partner with during the school year. It was […]

Lincoln, NE: Guess Whoooo Visited Sumner Place?

While a resident was receiving Physical Therapy on Monday they noticed a large bird outside the big picture window. After taking a closer look, they realized it was an owl! Word got out that there was an owl outside and then we come to find out that there were actually three of them. Residents and […]

Lincoln, NE: Lincoln Sumner Place Gives Back to Community

Sumner Place PEP Club organized a water drive to collect water for the People’s City Mission here in Lincoln, NE. Keeping your body hydrated is very important, especially in the hot Summer months. With the help of our team members, we were able to give over 750 bottles of water! Residents of Sumner Place also […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Fishes at Holmes Lake

Residents and team members of Sumner Place enjoyed a fishing outing at Holmes Lake in Lincoln, NE. After packing their worms and poles, they anxiously headed out. The fish were sure biting on this beautiful summer morning. Everyone was lucky enough to catch at least two fish each! They caught blue gill, crappie and even […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Horse Show

Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation had two very special visitors come by, Happy and Moose. Moose is the third tallest horse in Nebraska! This horse show was complete with hats, margaritas and fun yard games. Everyone got the opportunity to pet the two horses if they wanted to. Moose and Happy’s owners spoke about […]

Lincoln, NE: Veterans at Sumner Place Have Gone Fishin’

On D-Day, June 6th, seven of our Veterans at Sumner Place ventured out near Wahoo, Nebraska to Lake Wanahoo for a pontoon fishing trip. The journey started off with patriotic songs, each resident bowed their heads and sang along. During the trip they were able to bring in three walleye, one large mouth bass 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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Sumner Place

Sumner Place residents, family members and team members had a wonderful time celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 4th. We started off the event with Ginseng, Maintenance Coordinator, and Larry, Administrator of Sumner Place, providing us with some facts about Cinco de Mayo and they taught us some words in Spanish. Next we had […]

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Honors Their Volunteers

On Tuesday, April 17th, Sumner Place hosted our annual Volunteer Recognition Social. This event gives our residents, family members and team members the opportunity to thank our volunteers for their countless hours of dedication. The social started with Life Enrichment Coordinator, Monika Garrett, reading a poem and letting our volunteers know how much they are […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Gives Back to the Community

Sumner Place loves our partnership with our local Humane Society. Every Friday the Humane Society brings an animal to visit, but we wanted to give back to them. Over the past couple months we have been collecting items that the Humane Society was in need of. Last Tuesday, Sumner Place residents and team members had […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Resident and team member’s loved ones enjoyed our annual Easter egg hunt on Thursday, March 26th. The weather was a bit cooler than normal so residents enjoyed watching the children from our dining room windows. The Easter bunny was also able to join us! It was a wonderful time reminiscing with the residents and watching […]

Lincoln, NE: Kindness Committee March 2018

Kindness Committee met in March to do a canvas painting for Sumner Place! We painted the residents fingers and they left their mark on our Sumner Place tree. We had some facts about Sumner Place/ Milder Manor read by Joel during the activity. It was a wonderful afternoon with 35 residents participating. Our beautiful canvas […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating LTC Administrators Week at Sumner Place

Sumner Place team members had a great time celebrating LTC Administrators Week with our Administrator, Larry Van Hunnik. On Friday, March 16th when Larry arrived to Sumner Place he was greeted with a banner at his door and when he opened the door, he was surprised with an office full of Diet Coke. Team members […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates 200,000 hours, 1 Year Injury Free!

Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation has been recognized for going 200,000+ hours, over 365 days, injury free! With approximately 140 team members at Sumner Place, this is a very difficult accomplishment. “This did not happen by chance, we do things with intention,” stated Larry Van Hunnik, Administrator at Sumner Place. On March 1st Sumner […]

Lincoln, NE: Kindness Committee

I am doing an internship with the Life Enrichment department at Sumner Place this semester. A requirement of my internship class is to design a project that the facility can use after my internship is over, so Courtney Schmitz helped me come up with the Kindness Committee. I have planned out an activity (craft, baking, […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating “Hootie Hoo” Day at Sumner Place

I think it is safe to say we are all sick and tired of this cold Winter weather and ready for Spring to enjoy the great outdoors! February 20th is National Hootie Hoo Day. Sumner Place residents, team members and family members gathered together at noon to chant “Hootie Hoo” three times while waving our […]

Lincoln, NE: 5th Annual Sumner Place Talent Show

Friday, February 9th, 2018 Sumner Place held our 5th Annual Talent Show! Each year our talent show has grown bigger and bigger. It had first started out with just team members, then family members joined in, and now many residents are participating. This year we had fourteen acts! – Crotchet Display by Beatriz Miranda – […]

Lincoln, NE: 5th Annual Sumner Place Talent Show

Friday, February 9th, 2018 Sumner Place held our 5th Annual Talent Show! Each year our talent show has grown bigger and bigger. It had first started out with just team members, then family members joined in, and now many residents are participating. This year we had fourteen acts! – Crotchet Display by Beatriz Miranda – […]

Lincoln, NE: Valentine’s Buffet at Sumner Place

Each week at Sumner Place we have a lunch buffet. This week our dietary department put together a Valentine’s Day themed buffet. Chicken cordon bleu or meatballs was served for the main course along with a variety of different salads and sides. For dessert we had a heart-shaped cookies and chocolate cupcakes. Thank you to […]

Lincoln, NE: A poem to Sumner Place by Onalea Huff

Onalea Huff, resident of Sumner Place, wrote this poem as a reflection of 2017. ‘Tis the month of December and Christmas is near, We made it again through another year. No stockings were hung by the chimney with care No lump of coal was left for this aging pair! January flew by like a flash […]

Lincoln, NE: Alex File Named Sumner Place Employee of the Month

Alex File has been named January Employee of the Month at Sumner Place! This nursing assistant has wonderful communication skills, always has a “Yes, I Can” attitude and is an excellent team player. He picks up extra hours, is always patient, kind and gentle with the residents and does his cares correctly and un-rushed. There […]

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Lincoln, NE: Larry Van Hunnik Celebrates 7 Years as Administrator of Sumner Place

January 12th, 2018 marked 7 years of service for Larry Van Hunnik as Administrator of Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation. Residents and team members gathered together over the noon hour to celebrate our fearless leader. Larry received a photo of Sumner Place that all team members signed along with a personalized tie clip. “Family […]

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Santa Visits Sumner Place!

On Thursday, December 21st, after our Holiday lunch buffet (thank you to our dietary team members), Santa came to visit. Residents sure lit up when they saw him enter the building. Santa handed each resident their Christmas gift and got a picture with them as well! It sure did bring out the inner child in […]

Lincoln, NE: Dancer and Prancer Visit Sumner Place

Dancer and Prancer made their annual visit to Sumner Place today! Residents, family members and team members had a wonderful time getting their picture taken with Dancer and Prancer and learning some fun facts about reindeer. Did you know that they shed their antlers each year grow new ones? Also, males shed their antlers before […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Holiday Celebration

Last Thursday, Sumner Place team members gathered together for our annual holiday celebration. Hors d’oeuvres, “Dessert on Jack” and punch was served. Six brave team members were hypnotized and put on quite the show, including showing us some of their best dance moves! Team members were also encouraged to wear a festive Christmas sweater. Larry […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place is Deficiency Free!

In the most recent survey administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation was rated deficiency-free on its annual Department of Public Health Certification Survey conducted in November 2017. Long-term Care facilities are surveyed every year by a multi-disciplinary team. The rigorous unannounced survey is conducted over […]

Lincoln, NE: Veterans Day Celebration at Sumner Place

On November 10th, 2017 Sumner Place honored 14 residents that served our country proudly. Our Veterans Day celebration started with the presentation of colors by AFJROTC from Northeast High School. Each resident entered the program with an escort, patriotic songs were sung, a poem was read by Abby Lehr, People Development Coordinator, a prayer was […]

Lincoln, NE: Rise & Shine at Sumner Place!

Sumner Place invited many members in our Lincoln community to ‘Drive Thru’ our front circle to pick up a warm homemade cinnamon roll made by our dietary team members and a complimentary tumbler filled with coffee or hot chocolate. Around 50 community representatives came through. This included Aging Partners, Home Heath, Hospice agencies, Assisted Living […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Trick-or-Treating

Close to 11,000 pieces of candy were handed out this Halloween at Sumner Place. Resident’s family members, team members and their families and neighbors filled the halls. Approximately 250 trick-or-treaters brightened our resident’s faces with their costumes. Team members wore their costumes all day and got everyone in the Halloween spirit. Huge thank you to […]

Lincoln, NE: Spooky Halloween Buffet at Sumner Place

The dietary department at Sumner Place has gone above and beyond once again! On Tuesday, October 24th, we had our annual Halloween Buffet. This was complete with band aides (vanilla wafers with peanut butter and jelly), a graveyard (layered taco tip), witches hat (rice krispie treat) and much more. Residents, family members and team members […]