Mission, Vision & Values

Vetter Hospitality Featured in National Magazine

Providing world-class hospitality is an important part of our mission, vision and values at Vetter Senior Living. We were thrilled to see that commitment featured in an interview with our own Shari Owen as part of the December cover article of Provider Magazine. From the article… At Vetter Senior Living, which operates facilities throughout Nebraska, […]

Omaha, NE: Brookestone Village Awards Scholarship

Congratulations to Nadin L. who was selected to receive a scholarship from Vetter Senior Living! Nadin is a CNA at Brookestone Village and is pursuing her Nursing degree. Way to go! Excellence: We continually pursue opportunities to improve ourselves and the services we provide. We learn from our experiences, build on our successes, and make […]

Team Members Awarded for Exceptional Care

Congratulations to two Vetter Senior living team members recognized by the NE Healthcare Association for their service to seniors! Stephen Bebb, CNA at Heritage of Bel-Air, received the Health Care Hero award. Cindy Sorensen, Social Services at Cloverlodge Care Center,was given the 2019 Champion of Care award. Vetter Senior Living is honored to have both […]

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 […]

Fairbury, NE: Fairbury Celebrates 1 Year Injury Free!

Thursday April 4th, Fairbury officially hit one year injury free! We are so proud of our staff for this amazing accomplishment! We were so excited to have the team from Home Office come down on April 23rd to celebrate with us! We want to thank the team that came down for all their hard work […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Scholarship Awarded to Karly Hall

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Heritage Care Center was proud to award Karly Hall, LPN a scholarship from Vetter Health Services. Karly was presented her scholarship during the Resident Christmas Party on December 20th. Karly was selected for this scholarship from many quality candidates and is very deserving of this award. She began working at Heritage Care Center 5 years […]

When Caregivers Need a Hand – Vetter Teams Respond

Less than a month ago three skilled nursing facilities in Paradise, California were destroyed by the massive wildfire known as the ‘Camp Fire’. Imagine evacuating residents from your facility and at the same time knowing your own home is burning to the ground. Thanks to the selfless commitment of those team members, residents were evacuated […]

Hooper, NE: Celebrating Success

Hooper Care Center residents, staff, family members and home office staff came together October 18 to celebrate Hooper Care Center’s success this past year. Our staff were honored with the award from my Inner View’s staff satisfaction award. It is such an honor to be part of a team who know what providing care to […]

Seward, NE: Gloria Prochnow 2018 N.N.F.A. Champion of Care Award

On Sept. 19, Gloria Prochnow, Housekeeping and Laundry Supervisor at Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward, received the 2018 Champion of Care Award from the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA) for providing outstanding resident care. The award was presented to Prochnow at the association’s Fall Convention Awards Luncheon in Lincoln, Nebraska. Prochnow was nominated […]

Pyramid of Peanut Butter to help COPE

A pyramid of peanut butter was constructed by the Home Office team recently as part of the International Day of Happiness celebration. We were happy to contribute the jars of PB to a local food pantry run by COPE, the Christian Outreach Program – Elkhorn. Jim Tomanek, COPE Executive Director, accepted the donation and posed […]

Alliance, NE: Mardi Gras Leads to Mardi Wow

The Mardi Gras celebration in our community allowed a little of New Orleans to march its way in during our Sapphire Vale parade. The party began the night before as wheelchairs were decorated in anticipation of the hoopla, then that morning out came the feathers, masks and traditional beads. While ragtime jazz was playing across […]

Vetter Senior Living Celebrates Life Enrichment Professionals Week

At Vetter Senior Living, we are committed to our Vision of Quality Life that states, “We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity, and safety, while encouraging personal independence.” Vetter Senior Living Life Enrichment professionals were celebrated the week of January 21st – 27th, 2018.  These dedicated team members strive each […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Michelle Oliver

Heritage Care Center is proud to announce that Michelle Oliver, Social Services Coordinator was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Vetter Senior Living. The VSL Academic Committee for Excellence chose Michelle to receive this scholarship from numerous qualified candidates from across VSL. Michelle was presented the award at our January All-Team meeting and was very excited […]

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 […]

Donated VHS Van Means More Freedom for Blair Man

The gift of added mobility arrived in the driveway of a Blair, Nebraska man thanks to Mobility for Humanity and a van donated by Vetter Health Services.   Brad Shanahan was paralyzed from a fall last year and needs a wheelchair to get around. In an interview with the Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise, Shanahan […]

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 […]

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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]