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Good Sam honors benefactors

By Staff | Feb 16, 2008

Senator Jack Kibbie, right, was honored for his service to longterm care Friday at the Good Samaritan Society of Estherville recogniation luncheon. At left is Steve Ackerson, executive director of the Iowa Longterm Care Association. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The Good Samaritan Society of Estherville honored benefactors at its annual recognition luncheon at the Elks Lodge in Estherville.

At just 45 days from completing the Memory Care Unit expansion, the Good Samaritan Society of Estherville this year truly had something to celebrate. The society to date has received $100,000 of the $125,000 goal for the Memory Care Unit.

Those present who were honored for their contributions were: Lucile Wiegman, Pacesetters Club, $5,000-$24,999; and Celie Black, Sue Nelson accepting on behalf of the Emmet County Community Foundation, Belva Henrickson and Evelyn Kirchner accepting on behalf of the Gruver Presbyterian Women, Harvey and Marian Lundy, Carl Graves, Harold and Margie White, Founders Club, $1,000-$4,999.

Community recognition awards were given to Jerry Bradley for his many hours of volunteer time. Also honored was Craig Christensen for the compassionate service of Henry-Olson Funeral Home.

When John Walz of ECHO Plus was recognized for that organization’s contribution, Walz turned the tables, saying, “We should be giving you the reward instead of you giving the reward to us.”

Steve Ackerson, executive director of the Iowa Health Care Association, presented the final award to Senator Jack Kibbie.

“Jack has been a great friend to longterm care,” said Good Samaritan Society of Estherville Executive Director Bruce Radtke.

Ackerson noted how, under Kibbie’s leadership, longterm care residents were saved an additional $37 million year in payments.

“He looks after the seniors of this state,” Ackerson said.

In accepting the award, Kibbie said his primary goals were to see that the state’s youth receive an education and that our seniors receive proper care.

Ackerson then outlined the current political environment for care centers.

“It’s a very, very trying time for longterm care,” Ackerson said, noting that President Bush wants to cut Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Ackerson concluded by thanking donors.

“Thank you for giving,” he said. “You get back what you give. I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Radtke wrapped up the luncheon with a plug for Excel! Estherville, the new community strategic plan. Noting how essential gifts were for Avera Holy Family Health, the Regional Wellness Center, and the Good Samaritan Society, he encouraged support for the plan.