Timeline

40 Years of Excellence!

Jan 15, 1975
Before “the Vetter way” made a difference in the lives of thousands of residents and team members, two young parents and their family believe that strong faith and hard work would guide them to God’s purpose.

Honey, I Bought a Nursing Home

Feb 15, 1975
Jack buys his first nursing home, Heritage of Fairbury. After a few sleepless nights, Fairbury State Bank loans Jack $28,000 for the down payment.

A legacy begins

Mar 15, 1975
Jack and Eldora work double time to get their new business off the ground. They embraced a personal mission to give residents a place to feel secure, comfortable and happy.

Cloverlodge

Apr 15, 1976
The Vetters purchase their second nursing home in St. Edward, Nebraska.

Vetter Health Services established

Sep 15, 1977
As their mission expanded to providing a quality of life to all of their residents, a new management company was formed to support this mission.

Heritage of Emerson

Sep 15, 1979
Terrace Hill Manor joins the Vetter family. It is eventually renamed to Heritage of Emerson.

Heritage Estates

Sep 15, 1980
This facility, nestled at the base of Dome Rock and Scotts Bluff National Monument, offers residents breathtaking views.

Heritage Care Center

Sep 15, 1981
This new acquisition is in picturesque Iowa Falls. Residents are encouraged to share their gifts and talents.

David Place

Jan 15, 1982
This skilled nursing and rehab facility is in David City, Nebraska.

Heritage Living Center

Feb 15, 1982
This nursing home in St. Paul, Nebraska offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation as well as memory, respite and hospice care.

Heritage of Bel-Air

Mar 15, 1982
Located in Norfolk, Nebraska, this facility offers a secure memory care neighborhood as well as restorative nursing care, rehab therapy and hospice care.

Heritage of Red Cloud

Sep 15, 1983
Red Cloud, Nebraska was the home to author Willa Cather.

Milder Manor/Sumner Place

Sep 15, 1984
Located in the Nebraska state capital, Sumner Place helped Vetter influence and shape legislation promoting positive changes in the senior care industry.

Vetter Health Services...

Jan 15, 1985
...opens its first office building in Omaha.

10th Anniversary

Feb 17, 1985
VHS celebrates a decade of service.

Linden Manor

Mar 17, 1985
A new facility in North Platte joins the family and is later renamed Linden Court.

Haven House

Apr 17, 1985
A new skilled nursing facility opens in Wahoo, Nebraska.

Golden Heights Living Center

May 17, 1985
VHS purchases this vacant nursing home and opens it a year later after extensive construction.

Heritage Crossings

Jan 17, 1986
Jack purchases this facility in Geneva, Nebraska, where plane rides were once among the activities offered.

Papillion Manor

Feb 17, 1986
VHS renovated this facility just seven years after acquiring it.

Westward Heights

Sep 17, 1987
VHS assumed management responsibilities for this nursing facility in Lander, Wyoming.

Village Manor

Sep 17, 1988
VHS purchases its second facility in Lincoln.

Tiffany Square

Jan 17, 1989
VHS opens its first newly constructed skilled nursing facility, a 60-bed facility in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Shady Oaks

Feb 17, 1989
VHS enters into a lease/purchase agreement for this facility in Lake City, Iowa.

Highland Park Care Center

Feb 17, 1989
This facility was purchased to replace the out-of-date facility operated by the Sisters of St. Francis. Just four years later, it earned the prestigious Quality Life Award.

Hooper Care Center

Jan 21, 1992
Providing residents with the opportunity to learn new skills and continue to pursue favorite hobbies was always central to the VHS philosophy. Hooper Care Center exemplified this mission.

Manor of Elfindale

Feb 21, 1992
This facility in Springfield, Missouri, was VHS’ third newly constructed residence.

The Vetter Foundation

Mar 21, 1992
Jack and Eldora form the Vetter Foundation to support and serve people in need throughout the world and improve the quality of education in health care.

Stanton Care Center

Sep 21, 1993
This facility in Stanton, Iowa, features rocking chairs on the porch and beautifully landscaped courtyards.

Rose Lane

Sep 21, 1995
Lending a hand in preparing meals helps residents feel at home in Rose Lane in Loup City.

Creekside

Jan 21, 1998
VHS purchases Manor of Elfindale’s neighboring facility, which included a senior living apartment building.

Eldora Vetter Retires

Feb 21, 1998
After more than 20 years of service, Eldora retires from her official duties. She remains active as a member of the board and participating in long-term decisions.

Brookestone Village

Jan 21, 2000
This pioneering care community focused on resident-centered care and involved rethinking every team member position.

25th Anniversary

Sep 21, 2000
Vetter Health Services celebrates its 25th anniversary

Leaders in Quality Care

Sep 21, 2001
The American Health Care Association awards Jack its prestigious Friend of Quality award, now known as the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award. The award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant national contribution to advancing quality in the long-term care field.

Heritage Crossings adds Assisted Living

Sep 21, 2002
This facility adds 18 assisted living apartments to provide more options for residents and families.

Linden Estates

Sep 21, 2003
This retirement community in North Platte provides the ultimate in choice, offering assisted living apartments and independent living cottages.

South Haven

Sep 21, 2004
This newly constructed facility in Wahoo replaced the original building and provided a wonderful collection of care neighborhoods connected by public spaces.

Brookestone Meadows

Jan 21, 2007
This new facility in Elkhorn, Nebraska includes skilled nursing, rehab, and long-term care.

Celebrating in Ethiopia

Feb 21, 2007
Jack and Eldora travel to Ethiopia to celebrate with the 10th graduating class of Addis Ababa Bible College, which the Vetters helped found.

Water for the World

Sep 21, 2007
The Vetter Foundation helps provide and distribute clean, safe drinking water to the poor of rural Kenya. To date, the Foundation has drilled over 100 wells in remote locations throughout Kenya.

Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center

Sep 21, 2008
This facility in Seward, Nebraska was completely redesigned and updated.

New Home Office

Sep 21, 2009
VHS moves its offices from Omaha to Elkhorn. The new building includes conference and meeting areas designed to foster learning and strengthen relationships between team members.

Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center

Sep 21, 2011
This newly constructed facility is designed around the connected household model of care. Resident households are connected by Main Street, which reinforces the historic context of the community.

Brookefield Park

Sep 21, 2013
This newly constructed facility replaced Heritage of St. Paul and offers “household” settings designed to support the physical, emotional and lifestyle needs of each resident.

Brookestone Acres

Jun 1, 2014
Brookestone Acres provides a "farmhouse" architectural theme that brings home for its 80 residents in Columbus, Nebraska.

Strength in Numbers

Jan 21, 2015
Today, Vetter Health Services manages over 30 facilities, whose residents are served by more than 3,500 team members, who are continuously challenged to explore uncharted paths to creating superior living and healing spaces for our residents and patients.

Brookestone View

Jun 1, 2016
The Broken Bow culture, and more specifically the Nebraska heritage, are emphasized in the interior décor of Brookestone View. Situated on one of the highest points in the community with amazing views of the Melham City Park, pasture lands and the renewable energy strategies to the north lend to the name.