Candas Schouvieller, Administrator

Fall is a busy time for Oak Hills as our high school and college students return to their studies. It is fun to watch our future workforce learn and grow. For many students, employment at Oak Hills is their first job. As these students continue their development we welcome back nurses who were once in their place and now have graduated under our scholarship program to enter our building in new roles with greater responsibility. For us at Oak Hills these changes are routine, we anticipate and expect them each year.

We would like coronavirus to be out of our routine and did not anticipate such a long stay. While we again near the end of our outbreak period we have many new processes, procedures, and requirements that are becoming routine. This week we were very happy to return to several group activities in the chapel including bingo and church services. This was a welcome return to familiar routines. We thank you for your continued support in screening, masking, and social distancing during your visits.

On August 22, 2022 the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services visited us for our annual survey which was the first we have had in nearly three years. Surveys were paused over the pandemic. We will receive the official results of the survey within 15 business days. While it is very routine to expect the annual survey, they are always unannounced and definitely take us away from our normal routines.

While we continue to focus efforts on financing options and fundraising for the memory care and enhanced assisted living expansion our routine of hurry up and wait will continue over the next several months. Our reason for being in existence is to serve our residents so when we need to pause and focus on immediate needs we will continue to do so.

2nd Annual Golf Derby Raises $14,996.81 for Growing Our Tomorrow

The Oak Hills Memorial Foundation would like to thank the twenty-one teams and twenty-four sponsors in their second annual golf tournament Monday, August 15. This event has several fun Kentucky Derby themed options for participants including the option to tee off from a saddle, as well as a horse race where teams compete to a hole the fastest. Proceeds of this event benefit Growing Our Tomorrow, the capital campaign to expand Oak Hills Living Center adding memory care and enhanced assisted living. This event would not be possible without the dedication of Tim & Lora Rahe and Chad Cooreman. We thank them for their service to Oak Hills.

A special thanks to our sponsors:

WIN Sponsors: Alliance Bank, Community Living Solutions, Farasyn Construction, Full Service Electric, Gag Sheet Metal, H & R Block New Ulm, Jay Vancura, M.R. Paving & Excavating, Inc., New Ulm Medical Center, Southpoint Financial Credit Union, TSC, United Prairie Bank

PLACE Sponsors: Aegis, Bank Midwest, Fischer Law, Horizon Agency, Martin Brothers, Minnesota Valley Funeral Home

SHOW Sponsors: Citizens Bank Minnesota, Frandsen Bank & Trust, Furth Meile Insurance, Liquor Mart, New Ulm Dental, Thrivent Financial- Tim Reinke

First place winners were the Gag Sheet Metal team of Tim Cordes, Mike Tauer, Dan Davis, and Ty Davis. Special recognition goes to the United Prairie Bank team of Katie Nosbush, Kari Steele, Adam Back and Mike Furth who raced to complete hole #14 at the fastest time of twenty-one seconds!

Thank You! $1,200,129 raised as of 8/30/2022

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Staff celebrate combined 84 years of service in August

Barb Waibel, Nursing

29 years

You lead by example and no matter the situation, you handle it all while keeping your composure. Your calm, patient approach helps make your interactions with the residents go smoothly. We know the residents are in good hands when you are here. We can’t thank you enough for all you do for the residents, their families, and the staff. Your dedication and commitment goes above and beyond! Thank you so much!

Paula Evers, Housekeeping & Laundry

23 years

For 23 years you have been consistently and quietly working hard, going above and beyond to get the job done! You are always pleasant and friendly, doing many behind the scenes things to help make sure we always have the things we need! Thank you Paula for your dedication and commitment! We appreciate you!

Nicole Blekestad, Human Resource Director

11 years

A natural problem solver, Nicole has a can-do attitude despite many obstacles. We thank you for countless hours of leading us through many challenges with creativity and grace.

Mary Thom, Activities

11 years

Mary is a natural leader, and runs many different kinds of groups with ease, from music to active games to devotions and everything in between! Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Oak Hills, and all that you do for our residents!

Sabina Traulich, Nursing

10 years

Thank you for leading by example and advocating for our resident needs. Sabina is patient and kind, making sure her residents have everything they need, often staying late to help out. Thank you for your dedication and commitment, we appreciate you!

September Employee Anniversaries

NameHire Year
Kristine Melzer2002
Candas Schouvieller2006
Katherine Stark2006
Megan Meyer2008
Staci Beranek2010
Megan Brown2011
Ruth Zender2014
Angalissa Eckstein2017
Sarah Schauman2017
Lindsey Kuck2018
Marlys Anderson2020
Kelly Glitter2020
Hayley Bruns2021
Ashley Culver2021
Cheyenne Fahey2021
Calyn Glaser2021
Morgan Glowicki2021
Hannah Hendrickson2021
Kallie Kociemba2021
Rhiannon Kuenzel2021
Wendy Lang2021
Lily Mosenden2021

Mom is very happy in the nursing home. She always tells us how she loves all of the girls that take care of her. The food is so good and so many choices!

Sue Schwab
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