Good Shepherd Neighbor News by wuzhenguang


									                                                     Good Shepherd
                                                 Neighbor News                                     Spring 2010

T    he Good Shepherd Community was honored with three
     distinguished awards by Minnesota’s largest association of
aging services. Aging Services of Minnesota hosts their Institute
in Minneapolis in February each year and it is the state’s premier
event for professionals in older adult services.
Over 4,000 people from organizations around the
state attended.

Good Shepherd was recognized with an
Excellence in Practice award in Technology for
upgrading our entire technology system. The
results of this upgrade included 25 percent time
savings in completing payroll, seamless billing
and increased accuracy, efficient and consistent
staff training for in-service requirements, a “hack-
proof” health information system and a 75 percent
reduction in charting and assessment time. And,
the project came in $5,000 under budget!

April Myers, Regional Housing Director, was recognized with the State
Senior Housing Leadership award. In the 11 years since April began
working for Good Shepherd, she has assisted with or participated in the
development of many programs that promote and enhance the lives of older adults. April assisted in obtaining
a $537,000 HUD Assisted Living Conversion Grant that renovated the Good Shepherd Apartments to make it
accessible for Assisted Living services.

Most recently, she was instrumental in obtaining a grant to provide an on-site falls prevention program for
tenants known as Matter of Balance. To date, 38 tenants (from both the Good Shepherd and Shepherd of Grace
campuses) and outside community members have benefitted from this excellent program, which is offered twice
per year. Her motto of “tenants first” is recognized by all on campus.

 Janet Schoenleben, a housekeeper at Shepherd Court Apartments, received the Aging Services District D Caring
 Heart – Support Care award. Janet has worked for Good Shepherd for over 15 years. In that time, she has taken
 exceptional pride in enhancing the quality of life for the tenants she serves. According to April Myers, “Janet
 makes a daily difference in everyone’s lives by her involvement in the community, whether cleaning apartments
 or volunteering to make beautiful floral centerpieces. She is a superior organizer, an extremely conscientious
 employee and has easily earned the respect and admiration of all people with whom she has met.”
What’s Inside:                Pictured above: Chris Jones, VP of Resident Services/Director
Construction Update 2&3 of Nursing; Chad Spoden, VP of Information Technology; Bruce Glanzer,
People To Know         4&5 President/CEO; Rhonda Pohl, VP of Human Resources; Krista Martini, VP of
                              Finance accept Good Shepherd’s Excellence in Practice Award, April Myers
Planned Giving            6
                              accepts her Senior Housing Leadership award and April Myers presents Janet
A Note from Pastor        7 Schoenleben with her Caring Heart award.

                                              Construction Update
                                              At the publi-
   Good Shepherd Neighbor News is a           cation of this
            publication of                    newsletter, we
    The Good Shepherd Community               will have just
                                              moving 40
            Mission Statement                 of our cur-
        Good Shepherd provides a              rent residents
  ministry of specialized health care and     in our first
housing services for young and older adults   new build-
  in Central Minnesota. Good Shepherd         ing, Memory
      serves people from a Chrisitan
 perspective by ministering to the whole
  person through a continuum of quality
                                                               Lane (1st Floor) and
              CEO/President                                    Canary Creek (2nd
              Bruce Glanzer                                    Floor).

                 Editors                                        While it is exciting
              Perry Rollings                                     for all of us to see
              Jodi Speicher                                      a new building, it
                                                                 is my greatest hope
            Graphic Designer                                    and prayer that the
            Amanda Carlson                                     best thing about what
                                                               we are doing is to
                                                               greatly improve the
                                                               quality of life for our
      Bruce Glanzer, Perry Rollings,                           residents.
     Jodi Speicher, Amanda Carlson,
                Don Wilke                                      We are training our
                                                               staff to be much
          Sauk Rapids Campus                                   more resident-care
       Good Shepherd Community                                 focused. As one of
       1115 Fourth Avenue North                                my colleagues stated,
        Sauk Rapids, MN 56379                                  “We did not want to
             (320) 252-6525                                    build a brand new
                                                               1970 nursing home.
            Becker Campus                                      If that is what we end
  Shepherd of Grace Senior Community
                                                               up with, we would
                                                               have failed in our
        11175 27th Avenue SE
                                                                mission.” I couldn’t
           Becker, MN 55308                                     agree more with him.
            (763) 262-8000                                      It is our primary goal
                                                                to make this a home                                 for all who live here.

Once we have made the move to the first two
households, we are encouraging the families to
work with our staff and our interior decorator to
assist with decorating their home. When I bought
my house, the walls were empty when I moved in.
Over time, my wife and kids decided what to hang
on the walls and slowly but surely our house became
our home. I want that same transition for our staff,
residents and their families. We encourage you to
donate items to the household to make it home. That being said,
please understand that we must meet city and state fire codes. So
before anything is accepted, our maintenance staff will need to
approve the item from that perspective. In addition, I am
asking that the items be reviewed by our interior decorator so
things match nicely. Please don’t be offended if something is not
accepted. We will do our best to accommodate gifts and
donations so long as they meet the above specifications.

I am also asking that each of you be patient with our staff. This
is a huge change for them and while they are very excited about
our culture change process, there will be things we miss or just
didn’t think about. It will take some time for both the staff and the
residents to adjust to their new home.

Finally, I have been asked if a household can have an “open house”.
I can assure you we will have a grand opening ceremony once the
whole project is done. I am fine with each household hosting a
small celebration with the staff (who work there), residents, and their
families so everyone in the household gets to know their friends and
neighbors. Your Household Coordinator will discuss this option
with you at one of their learning circle meetings.

God Bless each of you as we strive to make a “HOME”!

Bruce Glanzer,

 Pictured Page 2 Top to Bottom: Outside view of new
 building (Canary Creek & Memory Lane Households),
 link sunroom, Teri Roske; Corporate Secretary visits with
 Joyce Mulligan as they tour a new household and Dan
 Midas visits with Janel Lee as they tour. Page 3 Top to
 Bottom: Outside view of new building (Sunny Lake &
 ACE Headwaters households & therapy gym), living
 room in Memory Lane, wardrobe in resident suite, living
 room in Canary Creek and Adrian Watercott checks out
 the new kitchen in Canary Creek.

People To Know-Dr. Vern Neils, Founding Father
I n 1941, Vern Neil’s father dropped him off at the steps of St. Olaf College, said, “here you go,” and drove
  off leaving Vern to begin his business studies. Soon after, and not being sure if business was the direction he
wanted to go, he sought the advice of his brother who was a dentist. The advice was: “Go into medicine…then
you can do anything.” So, taking that to heart, Vern tentatively became a pre-med student.

It wasn’t long before World War II broke out (ironically, while Vern was in a German language class), and he
had the choice of going into the service as a private, or declaring his intentions to be a doctor and enter the ser-
vice with rank. According to Vern, he liked the idea of rank so was set on the “fast track” of year-round studies
to become a physician and serve in the war. After his military service, Vern and his wife Lu wanted to return
home and so Dr. Neils began practicing medicine in the St. Cloud area in 1948.

According to Sandy Dilts, Rehab Supervisor at Good Shepherd, “Dr. Neils is the reason I, and many nurses, are
still in nursing, particularly, geriatric nursing. He made people realize their value by simply working alongside
them, listening, and respecting their thoughts and opinions.” Sandy went on to say that Dr. Neils built relation-
ships with each patient and made each staff person feel that what they did was absolutely important to success.
“He would spend hours at a person’s bedside getting to know them, their family, and their needs. At a moments
notice, he would respond to a call at his home and be available to assist in any way needed.”

I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Neils and ask a few questions…

Tell me a little of the history of Good Shepherd and your involvement.
The St. Cloud Ministerial group thought there should be a protestant nursing home in the area so a group of us
went down to the Department of Health to explain that we wanted to build a nursing home. They told us that “If
there was a need, the Catholics would build it.” So, we left and set about bringing 16 congregations together to
raise money and build a nursing home. We got some of the original funding from a lawyer in the cities who got
us tax breaks and was working with another nursing home, in fact; we took the plans from that other place to
use here.

The trouble was that the idea of a nursing home was fairly new and when we built ours, two others also started
and that caused a financial problem because we couldn’t fill all the beds. We had to get a loan to make it and the
banker required that I co-sign on the loan. If I hadn’t signed, Good Shepherd
wouldn’t be here. It’s strange because when I was building
my house, I was turned down for a mortgage loan because
the banker said that I was a doctor and doctors are paid
in chickens and geese and that doesn’t pay a mortgage.

What stands out in your memory from those early years?
In those days, nursing homes were new and the
Department of Health didn’t have many procedures
and very few rules. So, we developed a nursing
committee with people from St. Cloud Hospital,
the VA, and Good Shepherd to develop the
procedures for care. We submitted all our findings
to the Department of Health and they used them
in nursing homes across the state.
Continued on page 5
           Pictured to the right: Sandy & Vern

What makes Good Shepherd special?
The Christian aspect.

What do you think about the current expansion that’s going on?
It’s immense and fantastic…beyond anything I ever dreamed.

What is one of your favorite memories here?
Practice to older people. I’d spend about ten evenings a month here. I’d spend the
whole evening and only see about ten patients. I liked to get to know them.

What has been one of the biggest challenges?
The biggest challenges are always financial.

Dr. Neils served as Medical Director at Good Shepherd until 1994 and continues as an integral part of our
history and success. Together, we thank him for his dedication and selfless devotion. Dr. Neils exemplifies the
Christian mission of Good Shepherd in all that he has done and the people he continues to influence. He is a
blessing to us all.

                                                           -Perry Rollings, VP of Community Relations

Cherished Memories Event- offered professional portraits to residents, tenants, staff, and families with a
portion of all proceeds benefitting our community members via Good Shepherd Foundation. All photographs
were done by AJ Heckman Photography on site at Good Shepherd.
Cookie Gram Event-Offered personalized delivery of a cookie to thank, recognize, and appreciate residents,
tenants and staff.
Rose Event-Individuals purchased any number of roses to recognize and thank those special people in their
Christmas-Tenants, residents, volunteers, visitors and staff all lined up to have an Elf
take their picture with Santa.
Anniversary week in August- Drawing for hand-crafted bird bath and Northern
Delight dollars with a root beer social.

Upcoming Events:
Mothers Day Corsages- Recognize Mom on her special day with a corsage
delivered on campus.
25th Annual Golf Tournament- See details on page 8.

          Doris Busse, volunteer for Good Shepherd, helped spread some St.
         Patty’s Day cheer by greeting staff as they picked up their paycheck.

Planned Giving-Why Give
In life, most people require some kind of assistance, whether it’s physical, financial or
spiritual. Perhaps a local church congregation or food bank supplied meals during a tough
time. Maybe you were given a scholarship that made the dream of college possible. You or a
loved one may have been shown especially compassionate care while at Good Shepherd.
And during life’s struggles, we are often reminded that more must be done to continue positive
acts of kindness, and to sustain programs for personal enrichment.

Good Shepherd Foundation and the Good Shepherd Community needs financial assistance from people like you
to continue their work. More than 80 percent of Americans contribute to the nonprofit groups of their choice
throughout their lifetimes. But according to research, only around eight percent of people chose to continue this
support through a charitable bequest. By making bequests and other “planned gifts,” you can continue to help
Good Shepherd and make an important difference in your community. What better way to thank the people that
have had an impact on your life, than to make a contribution from your estate through a bequest?

Gifts large and small are important. Charitable giving is not only for the wealthy!

You may be thinking, “I have children and relatives. Shouldn’t I leave my entire estate to them?” This is perhaps
the number one cause for reluctance when making a bequest. The truth is that, depending on the current tax laws,
leaving a gift to charity in your will may reduce the estate tax burden on your heirs significantly. You should con-
sult with the Good Shepherd Foundation staff, a financial advisor, or attorney to learn how giving may actually
benefit your family after you’re gone.
Charitable Statistics: An Untapped Well of Good
•There are more than 260 million Americans, of whom approximately two million die each year.
•82 percent of the nation’s individuals left nothing to charity.
•In addition, the IRS tells us that charity is getting a decreasing share of the money in these estates.
•According to an Associated Press news story, only 42 percent of adults have wills.

Imagine the impact to Good Shepherd if you made a charitable gift through your estate plans!
A charitable bequest is simply a distribution from your estate to Good Shepherd through your last will and testa-
ment. There are different kinds of bequests. For each, you must use very specific language to indicate the precise
direction of your assets, and to successfully carry out your final wishes.
Do you have an estate?
Your “estate” is the sum of your assets, including property you own, insurance policies, retirement accounts, cash
on hand, etc. Wealthy people may have very large estates, but even people who aren’t wealthy often have the
resources to make a charitable bequest.
Contact the Good Shepherd Foundation for more information at (320) 252-6525 ext. 2141
or email

                                             Ways to Give
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proval required. Terms and conditions apply. Offered by Capital One Bank.
Vehicle Donation-Donate your car, boat, truck, RV, jet ski or snowmobile to the Good Shepherd Foundation and
receive a tax deduction. This no cost, no hassel process begins when you contact our fundraising partner,
Donation Line LLC at 877-227-7487. Make sure to ask for extension 2465. Or, you can go to
newvehicle_donation_form.shtml and complete the Vehicle Donation Form on line. Make sure to select Good
Shepherd Foundation from the dropdown list. Please have your title in hand when you donate.

 With the Household Model construction phase nearly half complete at
 Good Shepherd, there is a lot of joy, continued prayer and thanksgiving as
 we look forward to the complete culture change. The one item that affects
 our ministry and the chapel area in particular has been completed; and that
 is the Fellowship Center adjacent to the chapel. I made mention of that in
 my last article, “Growing in Faith and Fellowship.” The Chapel becomes
 the place where we grow in our faith as we express our faith in worship;           Saturday, August 21
 and the adjacent hall is a place to enjoy one another’s fellowship.
                                                                                     8 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 A favorite Bible passage has been painted on the Fellowship Center wall             Whitney Senior &
 reminding all to: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all           Recreation Center
 circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus: (I Thes.5:16-
 18). This passage will help remind us to pattern our whole life after God’s
 will. It might seem impossible to be joyful always, especially in trials
 and tribulations; but for the person who belongs to Christ by faith there
 is joy even in sorrow. When the Apostle Paul urges constant prayer he is
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 whatever we do – God wants us to do it all to His glory. Yes, we are truly
 thankful for how the Lord has blessed us mightily. Truly, to Him be the
                                                -Pastor Don Wilke

                                            The Western Minnesota Memory
                                          Walk will be held Saturday, October
                                           2nd at the Whitney Senior Center.
                                           For more information or to sign up
                                          your team for this year’s walk, go to

The Fellowship Hall seats 120 and has a serving kitchen available. If you are
interested in using this space for your event, please contact Teri at 252-6525.
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                                                   August 16th, 2010
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