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Generations of same family serve Good Samaritan Society

Flipping through old photo albums at a Good Samaritan Society – Prairie Creek twin home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Cindy Moegenburg is realizing many aspects of her life are filled with memories made at the Society.

Former nursing home administrator, Cindy Moegenburg, sits with family members around table remembering times with Good Samaritan Society
Former nursing home administrator, Cindy Moegenburg, sits with family members around table remembering times with Good Samaritan Society

Generations of same family serve Good Samaritan Society

Flipping through old photo albums at a Good Samaritan Society – Prairie Creek twin home in […]

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Good Samaritan Society - Wagner CNA and National Guard member, Megan Soukup, nominated her supervisor for a patriotic award.

Director of nursing honored with Patriot Award

Serving others is good medicine for the soul. Megan Soukup, a CNA at Good Samaritan Society […]

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Good Samaritan Society - International Falls Occupational Therapist nominated for Guardian Angel award by client

Former client and family call OT their guardian angel

Whenever Sandy Sundin and her family need therapy and rehabilitation services, they search out Cassie Thompson […]

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Good Samaritan Society Founder's Day celebration with President and CEO, Nathan Schema

Good Samaritan Society Founder’s Day Recap

On Thursday, September 29, 2022, the Good Samaritan Society celebrated Founder’s Day in the Great Room […]

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Melvin Peters, Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home resident

Resident says Society represents ‘Christianity in action’

When Mel Peters was ready to move to a senior living location in Arkansas, he knew […]

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The Good Samaritan Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Founder’s Day Celebration

This year, the Good Samaritan Society is marking a significant milestone – our 100th Anniversary! Watch […]

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Reverend August "Dad" Hoeger the founder of the Good Samaritan Society

Showing appreciation during Founder’s Day

Celebrating the Society’s Founder’s Day on Sept. 29 allows us the opportunity to recognize the faithful […]

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Savannah Boltz, nurse at Good Samaritan Society Miller Pointe being recognized as one of the winners of the Heart of Health care award.

COVID-19 infection preventionist honored for efforts

An infection preventionist at Good Samaritan Society – Miller Pointe in Mandan, North Dakota, Savannah Boltz, RN, has […]

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Good Samaritan Society - Miller Pointe DON named Nursing Administrator of the Year. Alena Goergen - Mandan, ND

Society nurse recognized nationally for her leadership

Crafting birthday cards with residents during activity time is a treat these days for Alena Goergen, […]

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Good Samaritan Society - Woodland social worker, Tabatha Anderson, is grateful to serve senior adults and their families.

Social worker grateful to serve

When Tabatha Anderson went to college, she never dreamed it would be for social work. What […]

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Assisted Living Residents of Good Samaritan Society Ridge View Estates in Pipestone Minnesota play Bingo.

Getting care while staying independent in assisted living

When Marion and Fritz Carlson moved to Ridge View Estates Assisted Living at Good Samaritan Society […]

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Julie Schwab, activities director at Good Samaritan Society - Sunset Drive in Mandan, ND dressed up like a pirate for pirate week.

Nursing home activity director becomes characters on stage

Dressing up is just part of a typical day for activities director Julie Schwab at Good Samaritan […]

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Holly Turner, Senior Living manager at Good Samaritan Society - Loveland in Loveland, CO

Friend’s recommendation leads to fulfilling career

After more than a decade in her previous career, a friend of Holly Turner’s encouraged her […]

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Good Samaritan Society - Ottuma celebrating 100 years with 100 acts of kindness

100 acts of kindness celebrate 100 years of care

100 acts of kindness are taking place at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa in Iowa. Staff and […]

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Good Samaritan Society - Ambassador - former staff member, Marian Johnson is now a resident

Devoted Society nurse later becomes a resident

In the decades since Marian Johnson worked for the Good Samaritan Society in St. James, Minnesota, […]

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Senior Living Manager, Joleen Planting has been working with Good Samaritan Society in Estherville for four decades.

Dedicated career spans four decades

A close relationship with her grandparents led Jo Planting to pursue a career in long-term care. […]

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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 - 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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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