Society holds a special place in Diana Orn’s heart

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Diana Orn, Good Samaritan Society

Two weeks into her new job with the Good Samaritan Society, Diana Orn’s husband was unexpectedly deployed to Iraq with his National Guard unit.

It was 2003 and she had just begun as the director of nutrition services at Good Samaritan Society – Pelican Rapids in Minnesota.

Her husband had to leave within three days, so Diana didn’t have much time to say goodbye. Besides that, his unit was deploying from Colorado.

“My administrator was very understanding and allowed me to take time off,” says Diana. “The team was there for me the 14 months my husband was gone. They were a great support system.”

She says that getting the job with the Society at that time was a godsend. The care and concern from her co-workers helped her get through the many months her husband was away.

When he returned, Pelican Rapids administrator Jim Sewick invited him to have a meal with the entire team so they could meet him and thank him for his military service.

Family atmosphere

That family feeling continued throughout Diana’s seven years with the Society. What she liked best was building relationships with residents, getting to know them and learning about their lives.