Local woman encourages vaccines by sharing story of heartache
August 31, 2021
Sherry Privett was familiar with the many ways COVID-19 affects people. As a certified medical assistant (CMA) at Bluestem Communities’ Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton, she had seen the psychological, emotional and physical effects of COVID-19 and its associated restrictions. She was part of a staff team that had worked hard and successfully at largely keeping the virus out of the Kidron Bethel health care and assisted living facilities, and through that, she recognized the benefits of masking and vaccines.
Local businesses support Bluestem PACE annual 5K walk/run
August 24, 2021
A host of local businesses have stepped up to support Bluestem PACE’s annual PACE Race 5K walk/run this Saturday, August 28, allowing 100 percent of the race proceeds to benefit medical and personal services to community seniors.
Bluestem Wellness Centers re-opening to the public
August 02, 2021
Bluestem Wellness Centers, with locations at Schowalter Villa’s Lakeside Village in Hesston and Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton, will both re-open to the public on Monday, August 9.
Kidron Bethel’s Live Forward project to include aesthetic and environmental enhancements
August 02, 2021
As Kidron Bethel Village planned what needed to be included in a capital project, it was integral to consider values that reflect the campus community and larger organizational Bluestem Communities. Incorporating details that offer increased resident choice as well as environmental initiatives both speak to those values well.
Schowalter Villa receives perfect state health care survey result
July 26, 2021
Schowalter Villa passed its annual Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) health care survey with a perfect zero deficiency result. The positive result is a testament to Schowalter Villa’s commitment to providing quality resident-focused care.
Dementia educator to present online community forum
July 13, 2021
Nationally-known dementia educator and dementia communication coach Erin Bonitto will present at Bluestem Communities’ annual Innovations in Living with Dementia community forum. The free online event will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 21.
Fourth of July fireworks show returns to Kidron Bethel Village
Live Forward project focuses on collaboration and community engagement
February 02, 2021
With relationships top of mind, Kidron will soon increase its ability to foster community and intergenerational connections through comprehensive facility enhancements that are part of its Live Forward campaign. Among the highlights are an expanded chapel and multipurpose community space and a new education center, both of which will allow Kidron to more efficiently host campus and community events.
Resident born during influenza pandemic receives COVID-19 vaccine
January 12, 2021
At 102 years old, resident Margaret Ikerd has a kind of practical wisdom when it comes to living through the COVID-19 pandemic, and she doesn’t allow it to ruffle her. Born in December 1918, she entered a world that was reeling from a world war that ended just 37 days prior and in the midst of the deadly global influenza pandemic. From the very start of her life, she has been witness to countless historic events and has developed an attitude to accept with grace and respond humbly to whatever life presents.
Bluestem Communities recognized for outstanding care in national ratings
December 07, 2020
Bluestem Communities’ long-term care campuses – Schowalter Villa in Hesston and Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton – both earned national awards for nursing homes for 2020-21.
Bluestem PACE to open new location with services for seniors in Hutchinson
November 22, 2020
The Bluestem PACE location in Hutchinson will provide similar services as the center in McPherson, including health care services, activities, meals and transportation, so participants more local to Hutchinson will have to travel less frequently.
Kidron Bethel Village receives no deficiencies in state COVID-19 procedures survey
November 11, 2020
Kidron Bethel Village received a visit from a Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services surveyor on November 10 to asses infection control and COVID-19 procedures within the facility. The life plan community received a perfect result with zero deficiencies in the survey.
Kidron Bethel Village launches capital campaign with benefits for whole community
November 04, 2020
Kidron Bethel Village, a Bluestem Community, announces the public launch of a $3.5 million capital campaign that will provide benefits and expanded services to both its residents and the broader community.
Schowalter Villa receives perfect result in state COVID-19 procedures survey
October 22, 2020
Schowalter Villa received zero deficiencies – a perfect result – in its most recent targeted infection control/COVID-19 focused survey conducted by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services on October 13 and 14.
Bluestem PACE to host rescheduled third annual 5K walk/run in virtual format
September 21, 2020
Bluestem PACE Race 5K being held virtually October 3, 2020.
Bluestem Wellness Centers Donate 410 lb of Items
March 03, 2020
Bluestem Wellness Centers donate 410 pounds of items to community organizations. The collected items were donated to the Hesston Resource Center and the Bethel College Food Pantry. The Hesston Resource Center serves community members in need of food and personal hygiene products. The Bethel College Food Pantry, which opened this past November, provides food for lowincome and nontraditional students of Bethel College.
Kidron Bethel Village Accredited in Award-winning Dementia Care Program
November 21, 2019
The Kidron Bethel Village staff underwent a 14-month accreditation process to become a Comfort Matters provider. Comfort Matters is a program that focuses on improving the quality of care and quality of life for individuals living with dementia.
Community Supports Bluestem’s Mission at Annual Gala
November 13, 2019
Sixteen businesses and individuals sponsored the third annual Bluestem Gala on Nov. 7. The event drew over 250 attendees to the Meridian Center, resulting in nearly $69,000 raised for Bluestem residents who are unable to cover the full cost of their care and Bluestem PACE participants who encounter unforeseen circumstances.
Back to School: Senior Living Community Welcomes Children on Campus
August 16, 2019
A local senior living community offers a unique approach to childhood education and intergenerational living. Schowalter Villa, a Bluestem Communities campus in Hesston, KS, houses a child development center in the middle of the senior living campus.
Bluestem Communities “LIVE WELL” Campaign Receives National Award
June 06, 2019
Marking its 40th anniversary as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners which included the “LIVE WELL” television campaign for Bluestem Communities, home of Bluestem PACE, Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa. The campaign was produced locally by Justin McClure Creative.
2nd Annual Bluestem PACE Race a Success
April 11, 2019
Bluestem PACE of McPherson, a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors live well at home, hosted its 2nd annual Bluestem PACe 5K walk/run this past Saturday. The event raised $6,776 for the Good Neighbor Fund.
Kidron Bethel Village Reducing Carbon Footprint with Solar Panels
January 25, 2019
“It is our hope that the installation of these panels is just the first step in many more steps to come as we continue to work to reduce our environmental impact. We want to become greener and keep creation care top-of-mind in our community and in the way we operate,” said Linda Peters, Kidron Bethel Village’s executive director.
Villa to Continue Offering Award-winning Dementia Care
December 06, 2018
Schowalter Villa, a Bluestem community, has been accredited as a Comfort Matters® provider since 2016 and will continue to provide the innovative care after recently undergoing a reaccreditation process. Comfort Matters® is an evidence-based program that improves the quality of care and quality of life for persons with dementia.
Kidron Bethel Earns Zero Deficiencies Rating
November 26, 2018
Kidron Bethel Village, a Bluestem community, earned zero deficiencies on their annual state survey. The survey is conducted by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). This rating is a testament to Kidron Bethel’s dedication to providing quality, resident-centered health care.
Bluestem Communities Receive Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report
November 13, 2018
The Bluestem communities of Kidron Bethel Village (North Newton) and Schowalter Villa (Hesston) have received the highest possible rating of five stars in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes.
Celebrate Mullet Place at Schowalter Villa
August 27, 2018
Mullet Place grand opening celebration Friday, September 7th.
Bluestem Communities Expanding in North Newton; Adding homes and new recreational opportunities for the community
June 11, 2018
This week, Bluestem Communities announced a plan to expand Campus Woods Estates at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton.
Bluestem Communities Honors Volunteers
June 11, 2018
Bluestem Communities’ volunteers were the guests of honor at the 2018 appreciation luncheons hosted on April 16 and April 17 at Water’s Edge.
Hague Named Chair of Bluestem Communities Board
June 11, 2018
Bluestem Communities named Barth Hague, President/CEO of Mirror Inc., chair of the Bluestem Communities board of directors.
Schowalter Villa Expansion Update: Building Name and Dedication Date Announced
June 11, 2018
Two years ago this month, Bluestem Communities announced the Private Home for Everyone Campaign to help raise funds to construct a new, two-story assisted-living addition for Schowalter Villa residents and the community. This week, Bluestem Communities announced the grand opening date for the $6.1 million community building will be Sept. 7, 2018.