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Sumner Place Honors Therapy Dog With a Retirement Party

Residents and team members gathered in the dining room on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 to celebrate the retirement of one very dedicated team member, a beloved therapy dog named Carol. Carol, a Golden Retriever, has been at Sumner Place for the past 10 years. She has taught Sumner Place about living each day with enthusiasm… Read More

Courtney Schmitz of Sumner Place Featured in Nebraska Recreation & Parks Magazine

Courtney Schmitz, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Sumner Place in Lincoln, received special recognition by the Nebraska Recreation and Parks Association in the Fall edition of the Association’s magazine. The “spotlight” article not only thanked Courtney for her work with the association, but told of her work as a team member at Sumner Place and the… Read More

Sumner Place is Deficiency Free!

Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation is proud to announce that they have received a “deficiency-free” result on their annual survey conducted by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Long-term Care facilities are surveyed every year by a multi-disciplinary team. Surveys are always unannounced. The rigorous survey, which is conducted over several days,… Read More

Sumner Place Announces Three Board Certified Gerontological Nurses!

            Sumner Place is pleased to announce that Mindy Zuhairi, Director of Nursing, Trista Roque, Quality Assurance and Infection Control, and Emily Sample, MDS coordinator are recognized as Board Certified Gerontological Nurses. Their driving passions to elevate geriatric nursing in Sumner Place and Long Term Care in general, has motivated them to seek advanced knowledge… Read More


It has been a long and exciting journey for the team members of Sumner Place. It all started in August of 2013, where all Vetter Senior Living communities were invited to Elkhorn, NE to receive training at a conference led by Erin Bonitto, a worldwide Dementia Care Consultant. Throughout this training, members of leadership were… Read More

Happy Long Term Care Administrators Week, Larry!

Sumner Place is very blessed to have Larry VanHunnik as our Administrator. We celebrated Long Term Care Administrator’s Week by recognizing Larry at our All-Staff Meeting on March 12th. Larry wanted green punch served at All-Staff for St. Patrick’s Day but little did he know we were celebrating his dedication to Sumner Place. Larry’s positive… Read More

Erin Bonitto will be in Fremont April 16th!

Erin Bonitto will be doing an abbreviated version of her program, “I Already Told You, Don’t You Remember” in two offered times on April 16th in Fremont at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  She will also be hosting a special family caregiver session later in the day. Here is the website for registration:

Leadership Team Members Take The Clifton StrengthsFinder

As a strengths-based company, all VSL 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… Read More

From the Family of Patsy Scott

February 2015 “Approximately 2 years ago, we moved our Mom, Patsy Scott, from Washington State to Lincoln. She was living in a local nursing home as she suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s. As an RN, I have worked in area nursing homes for the past 30 years. Based on my experience, my thinking was that… Read More