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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
all Society news, corporate news, center news or center news highlights.

Apr 18, 2014

(Sioux Falls, S.D. ) – They are posting thoughts, emailing updates and connecting with friends, children and grandchildren. They are following the news, stocks and blogs.


And, yes, maybe even making a little time for Candy Crush or Words With Friends.


IPads have replaced isolation for more than 40 seniors in the Good Samaritan Society’s Crescent Villa, and Creekside, Meadowstone and Gardenstone Apartments communities.

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Apr 18, 2014

(Sioux Falls, S.D.) – The votes have been tallied, and we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Augusta, CNA of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards. They are:


  • Augusta Award: Jeff Finer, wellness director, Loveland, Colo.
  • CNA of the Year Award: Megan Rauenhorst, Albert Lea, Minn.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Trisha Johnson, Newell, Iowa.

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Apr 17, 2014

Ruth Ann Hackler

(Olathe, Kan.) – After more than 60 years of support, Ruth Ann Hackler is still sharing her kindness and generosity with Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Olathe.


A $1,000 donation in tribute to Ruth Ann was recently given by the Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Olathe Leadership Board.


The gift, in honor of Ruth Ann’s 90th birthday, was designated to endowments for staff scholarships, spiritual ministries and resident assistance, at Ruth Ann’s request.


In 1951, Ruth Ann and her late husband, Gene, were instrumental in helping to open the Good Samaritan Society nursing center in Olathe. Since then, Ruth Ann has stayed involved with the Communities of Olathe campus through volunteer, fundraising and advocacy roles.


She served for nine years on the leadership board and was a former chairperson before becoming an emeritus member. She’s a founding member of the Multi-Year Giving Fellowship and was recognized by the Good Samaritan Society as the organization’s national volunteer of the year.

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Apr 16, 2014

(Hastings, Neb.) – The sound of little voices fills the room at Children’s Ark childcare center on the campus of Good Samaritan Society –
Hastings Village:

Stacy Kerr, Children’s Ark director, and Ms. Dorothy with some of the forest friends that visit the children once a week


“I have decided to be like Jesus.

 I have decided to be like Jesus.

 I have decided to be like Jesus.

 No turning back…no turning back.”


Ms. Dorothy, a resident of Goldbeck Towers at Hastings Village, leads the preschoolers in song along with her puppets, Obediah Owl, Rebecca Rabbit and Daniel Duck.


She visits the daycare each Tuesday to spread the word of God through story and song.


Her “forest friends” share biblical truths and important messages including how to encourage others, be a friend, share, say kind words, help others when needed,
and spread God’s love.


“These are great devotions for our kids. They are child-centered, fun, and engaging. The children learn the songs and then become the messengers when they go home and share the message with their families,” says Stacy Kerr, Children’s Ark director.


Ms. Dorothy has written 80 puppet shows that feature more than 50 animal puppets. The puppet shows grew out of NiteLites, a series of short stories that Ms. Dorothy began writing in 2002. The stories are for grandmothers to read with their grandchildren and feature forest critters that love Jesus and act a lot like people.


At Children’s Ark, Daniel Duck reviews the day’s devotion and ends the puppet show with a special song, “Jesus Loves Me,” sung to the tune of “Old MacDonald.”


Click here to learn more about the quality childcare services provided by Children’s Ark to staff members of Hastings Village and other working families in the community.

Apr 15, 2014


(Sioux Falls, S.D.) ­­- Congratulations to 38 Good Samaritan Society locations that have received 5-star ratings from Nursing Home Compare and are listed among the best nursing homes in the nation according to U.S. News.


Nursing Home Compare awards “Best Nursing Home” designations based on ratings compiled by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This list is created after an estimated 16,000 care providers across the country are surveyed. The ratings are designed to guide consumers in selecting a skilled nursing community

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