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Nursing staff thanks LPN, a caregiver at home and work

The Good Samaritan Society – Waukon nurse, Kayla Rowan, LPN, is being honored with The DAISY Award for her hard work at the nursing home despite personal tragedy.

GSS - Waukon Kayla Rowan, LPN Daisy Winner
GSS - Waukon Kayla Rowan, LPN Daisy Winner

Nursing staff thanks LPN, a caregiver at home and work

Well-known in Waukon, Iowa, nurse Kayla Rowan, LPN, is rolling through her shift full of familiar […]

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Stewart Twite

Serving in environmental services is ‘pure blessing’

One of the happiest housekeepers, Stuart Twite brings a bright and shiny attitude to Good Samaritan Society […]

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GSS - Millie Sexton

Nurse “comes home” to the Good Samaritan Society

For Millie Sexton, all roads have led back to the Good Samaritan Society. The long-time nurse […]

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Darcy Miller, RN - Good Samaritan Society - DeSmet

Nurse carries on dad’s legacy in De Smet

Reprising her role on the chapel piano at Good Samaritan Society – De Smet in South […]

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GSS - Spokane Valley Deb Carney

Coming home to the Good Samaritan Society

Deb Carney came back to work at Good Samaritan Society – Spokane Valley after a six-year […]

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Diana Orn, Good Samaritan Society

Society holds a special place in Diana Orn’s heart

Two weeks into her new job with the Good Samaritan Society, Diana Orn’s husband was unexpectedly […]

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Luana Mangold - National Ever Forward Volunteer Champion

87-year-old harpist plays for patients in hospice

87-year-old Luana Mangold has been volunteering, with strings attached, at Good Samaritan Society – Prescott Hospice […]

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Rebecca Pedersen - National Ever Forward Director of Nursing Champion

Nurse’s leadership is critical during community crisis

Ready to get back to her country roots, Rebecca Pedersen, RN, packed up her things and […]

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Denise Huddleson - National Ever Forward Caregiver Champion

CNA earns national award for 30-plus years of caregiving

An hour southwest of Des Moines, Iowa, sits the tiny town of Fontanelle. A little more […]

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Joe Berg - National Ever Forward Employee Champion

‘Everything that an employee of Good Samaritan should be’

Joe Berg isn’t your traditional caregiver at the Good Samaritan Society in Moscow, Idaho. He’s not […]

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Marsha Moestchen - National Ever Forward Leadership Champion

After broken foot, then COVID, RN finds way to help others

In January of 2021, Marsha Moestchen’s life literally took a dive. The clinical care leader at Good […]

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Clara Palm - National Ever Forward Administrator of the Year

‘I would never guess she’s a new administrator’

When Clara Palm took over last June as the administrator at the Good Samaritan Society – Comforcare in […]

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Winifred Dixon - GSS Moscow

Continuing to learn and grow in her 90s

Most days Winifred Dixon can be found at the computer in her apartment researching her genealogy. […]

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GSS Robbinsdale Employees Celebrate 40+ years

Specialty care workers live legacy of Good Samaritan Society

Providing unique services – it’s what Good Samaritan Society – Specialty Care in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, has […]

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Laura Jerstad

Laura Jerstad remembers her dad and the Society

Laura Jerstad is the daughter of the Society’s founder, the Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger. Watch the […]

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GSS Betty Hoeger

Betty Hoeger remembers her father-in-law and the early days of the Society

Learn about the early days of the Good Samaritan Society from someone who was there. Betty […]

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Mark and Sandy Jerstad - Good Samaritan Society

Leading the Society was ‘dream job’ for Mark Jerstad

Grandson of the Good Samaritan Society’s founder August “Dad” Hoeger, Mark Jerstad grew up with the […]

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David Horazdovsky Former CEO of Good Samaritan Society

Former Society leader proud to be part of 100-year history

1978 was a year of massive change for Dave Horazdovsky. 23 at the time, Dave graduated […]

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Kalli Koepplin GSS Robbinsdale Home Health Nurse and Sanford Vet

Veteran scholarship helps Society nurse continue education

When Army veteran Kalli Koepplin was surprised with a $5,000 military and veteran scholarship from Sanford […]

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Nicole Bock, Daisy Award Winner Robbinsdale

RN pivoted from photojournalist to award-winning nurse

“Working from home” is a pandemic essential for some. Nicole Bock, RN, always on the road, […]

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GSS Windom Grand March

Nursing home hosts ‘century march’ for 100-year-olds

100 years is a crowning achievement and a good excuse for the parade of the century […]

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GSS and Samaritan's Feet provide shoes

Samaritan’s Feet treats seniors to foot washing & footwear

The Good Samaritan Society and Samaritan’s Feet International. Sounds like perfect partners for providing seniors with proper […]

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Kelly Todd, a cook at GSS - Stafholt

Thanks to help from co-workers, Kelly Todd received the gift of sight

As a cook, Kelly Todd relies on good vision to help her read recipes and meal […]

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Dr. Judy Ryan, former president and CEO of GSS

Judy Ryan instilled a focus on quality care and education

The fifth president and CEO of the Good Samaritan Society (1998-2003) hasn’t really left the organization. […]

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GSS - Albion Shari Buettner and Sisters

Sisters with a connection to the Society

Growing up in the small town of Albion, Nebraska, Shari Buettner never imagined working in a […]

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Paula Sedillo Good Samaritan Society employee

Society mission trip inspires employee to give back

Going on a mission trip to Colombia in 2015 made Paula Sedillo realize the vast needs […]

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GSS Auburn Abby Stukenholtz Family Legacy

Nebraska nurse a third-generation ‘Good Samaritan’

A third-generation “Good Samaritan,” Abby Stukenholtz, RN, BSN, is living out her calling with the Society […]

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Tina Rodgers, home-based caregiver

Home-based caregiver helps seniors share legacies

In its hundredth year, the Good Samaritan Society is celebrating the people who make it a […]

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Dr. Charles Balcer

Interim Society president filled role at a crucial time

Dr. Charles Balcer was a long-time member and chair of the Good Samaritan Society’s Board of […]

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Judy Parvin

Nurse remembers Society founder’s calling and her own

Everyone has a story, and Judy Parvin has met a lot of people. She’s an interim […]

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History House with historical furniture

History House provides inspiration for future caregivers

Stepping into the Arthur History House in Arthur, North Dakota, is like stepping back in time. […]

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Female employee in mask at Arthur, ND

Original North Dakota location provides pandemic relief

Footsteps away from where the Good Samaritan Society was founded 100 years ago, caregivers are, once again, […]

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Monica Andrews

Grandmother’s love spurs a lifelong career with the Society

As a high school student, Monica Andrew had dreams of becoming a flight attendant, but her […]

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Traie Dockter

Society offered hope when staffer felt hopeless

Finding connection with others at the Good Samaritan Society can be a lifesaver. Singing “Amazing Grace” […]

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Lynn Assimacopoulos

Nurse remembers dream job at the Society

Lynn Assimacopoulos didn’t realize it at the time, but being laid off from her job as […]

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The Scholz family

Service is generational for Scholz family

You can stuff a lot of memories into 44 years at one Good Samaritan Society location. […]

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Uldis, Claudia and their grandchildren

Reinfelds family plays an important role in the Society’s history

It was 1949 when Uldis Reinfelds, then only 5 years old, and his parents, Nikolais and […]

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Kori Madche

Housekeeping supervisor embodies Society’s century-old values

In its 100th year, the Good Samaritan Society continues to uphold and celebrate the mission, vision […]

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Lindsey Kitchen

Childhood passion leads to compassionate career

Kids often outgrow their childhood obsessions – be it dinosaurs, astronauts or unicorns. Their one-time passions […]

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Kimberly Burns

Activities assistant makes a difference one smile at a time

Eight years ago, Kimberly Burns officially started what she describes as “the best job ever.” She […]

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Roger Fjeld

19-year Society resident talks past and present

Roger Fjeld would gladly sit and talk history with you. After all, it’s what he’s spent […]

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Mary Hannover

Nurse, fundraiser nears retirement after 55 years of service

Poring over historical pictures at the Good Samaritan Society – Algona in Iowa is a person who’s been […]

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Donna Bordsen serving food

Three neighbors spend 40+ years serving up food, friendship

Nestled in a Maplewood neighborhood, just north of the Twin Cities, is a Good Samaritan Society skilled-nursing […]

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Three generations of women serve at Olathe location

It’s not uncommon to find multiple family members serving at the same Society location. In fact, […]

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Rev. August "Dad" Hoeger

Good Samaritan Society founder: The Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger

Deeply invested in a life of faith, the Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger, a Lutheran pastor, had […]

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Good Samaritan Society President: John Hoeger

With a deep sense of humility and a great interest in others, John Hoeger faithfully led […]

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Good Samaritan Society President: Augie Hoeger

The year was 1963 when August Hoeger Jr., better known as “Augie,” assumed leadership of the […]

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Michele Notz: Nearly four decades at Sister Bay

Long-term care captured Michele Notz’s heart when she was young, working as a housekeeper at Good […]

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Three female nurses outside the Society in 1923

As Society grows, mission to serve remains at heart

Sharing the “why” behind the work of the Good Samaritan Society is front and center as […]

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Randy Bury

Roles in AirMed & senior care define a career in health

After 40 years in health care administration, Randy Bury is nearing the end of his career […]

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Tom Syverson Headshot

Family depends on senior care for past and future

To say Tom Syverson shares a deep connection with the Good Samaritan Society would be an […]

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Rochelle Rindels and Nancy Van Dam

Mother-daughter nursing careers bring family identity

Growing up in Sioux Falls, Rochelle Rindels, MSN, RN, QCP, found herself at Good Samaritan Society – Luther […]

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Randy Bury

Mission-minded staff makes a difference, says Society CEO

As the Good Samaritan Society counts down to 100 years of service, President and CEO Randy […]

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Telehealth extends faith-based care to more people

When Gregory Johnson, M.D., joined the Good Samaritan Society two years ago, the chief medical officer […]

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Senior Pastor Christine Hallenbeck Ask

Senior pastor proud to work alongside ‘called’ colleagues

A faith-forward organization, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has been on a mission for nearly […]

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Tour the Kissimmee Village campus with longtime residents

Carol Kaschel has owned a home at Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village in Florida for 37 years. […]

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Judy Rosenkotter

Bronze Star recipient at Society played a part of history

Roughly 30 veterans call Good Samaritan Society – Grand Island Village in Nebraska home. Retired Army Maj. Judy […]

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