About MGI

As a local, non-profit management organization, Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. provides quality healthcare services to seniors in the Omaha, Nebraska area.

No matter what kind of care you or your loved one needs, there is a member of our healthcare family that can provide it. From a short-term stay in our Adult Day Program or Rehabilitation to a longer stay in Assisted Living or Long-Term Care, you can be assured that we are able to meet your needs. We even offer an on-site pharmacy for convenience and medication review. With such a wide range of services, transitions between levels of care can be easily made as needs change over time.

Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. provides management services for the members of our healthcare family, including Florence Home Healthcare Center & Rehabilitation, Royale Oaks Assisted Living, House of Hope Assisted Living, House of Hope Alzheimer’s Care, Gerimed & Unimed Pharmacies, and Senior Health Foundation.

Our History

More than 105 years ago, our founder, Reverend Charles Savidge had a vision: to enhance the lives of seniors by providing quality, affordable care. While many things have changed since then, including the buildings, the neighborhood, the staff, the residents, and the families, one thing remains the same – our mission.

In 1906, Reverend Charles Savidge realized his dream to serve those in greatest need by opening the doors of a cottage at 1713 California Street.  He named the building “The House of Hope.”  The structure reportedly accommodated three to four people.  Grandma Duffy was the very first resident.  A short time later, the neighboring home was purchased to make room for even more people.  The total cost of both buildings was $4,000.

By 1908, residents were moving from California Street to 958 North 27th Avenue where a big, beautiful home would allow Reverend Savidge to continue the mission and serve more people in the process.  And while that was good, Reverend Savidge knew it could be even better. He mapped out plans for a new ‘home’ in Florence.  News spread so quickly and was accepted so enthusiastically that people began making pledges to help support it.

Unfortunately, his original plan was not to be. In 1913, a tornado ripped through the area destroying buildings and in the process, Reverend Savidge’s dream.  He may have given up if it hadn’t been for the moment when he heard a vivid message from God telling him not to give up any part of his work and plans. Reverend Savidge pledged, “I will therefore go forward by God’s grace and help ‘til I place this beautiful building and grounds free from debt in the hands of the Board of Trustees to use forever for suffering humanity.”

In 1916, a modified structure was built at 7915 North 30th Street.  Growth prompted additions in the 20’s and 30’s and a name change officially took place.  On January 11, 1929, House of Hope filed an Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation changing the name to Florence Home for the Aged.

Many changes have taken place since those humble beginnings:

1977 – Florence Home Healthcare Center opened at 7915 North 30th Street; the original building became Florence Home Assisted Living and was in operation until 2011.

1989 – Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. was established as a management team to provide vision, direction, strategic planning and management services for its affiliates.

1990 – Gerimed Long-Term Care Pharmacy & Unimed Community Pharmacy opened inside Florence Home Healthcare Center.

1995 – Senior Health Foundation began offering computer classes to area seniors. More than 15,000 individuals attended classes before the program ended in 2010. Senior Health Foundation continues to support the healthcare family of Midwest Geriatrics through fund raising and advocacy.

1997 - Royale Oaks Assisted Living was purchased, adding a second campus to the organization at 4801 North 52nd Street.

2003 – House of Hope Alzheimer’s Care opened on the 52nd Street campus and became the state’s largest dementia-specific assisted living community.

2005 – Transitions Adult Day Program was opened in House of Hope and remains the only adult day program in Omaha that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2011- House of Hope Assisted Living was opened to meet the growing need in Omaha for traditional assisted living apartments. Florence Home Assisted Living was closed due to age.

2012 – Transitional Care at Florence Home was opened to accommodate individuals needing a short rehabilitation stay.

Today, we are striving to inspire the individuals we serve to live life to the fullest as they age. Offering long-term care, rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care, adult day, respite, long-term care and community pharmacy services, we look forward to serving many more seniors in the Omaha community for years to come.

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Mission Statements

Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. will provide vision, direction, strategic planning and management services for its affiliates.

Florence Home Healthcare Center, Royale Oaks Assisted Living, House of Hope Assisted Living, & House of Hope Alzheimer’s Care  will inspire the individuals we serve to live life to the fullest as they age.

Senior Health Foundation will support the healthcare family of Midwest Geriatrics through fund raising and advocacy.

Gerimed Long-Term Care Pharmacy will provide quality pharmacy services to the residents of our healthcare family and other nonprofit care communities.

Unimed Community Pharmacy will provide quality pharmacy services.

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Inspired to Serve

The culture of the Midwest Geriatrics Inc. healthcare family is to provide dignified service to people by expert individuals who lead with respect and vision in order to create an environment of excellence.

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At Midwest Geriatrics and its affiliates, our mission is to inspire the individuals we serve to live life to the fullest as they age. Our two most important resources in fulfilling our mission are our staff and our residents. To serve both, all employees are committed to dignified service to others demonstrated by respect and vision in order to achieve excellence. Doing so requires incorporating specific behaviors into every encounter, every day…core values that describe specific expectations based on our mission.

Integrity
We uphold the trust individuals and families place in our organization and services by demonstrating honesty in our actions as well as ethical and responsible business practices.

Dignity
We hold a deep regard for the dignity of each person. Respect is engrained in everything we do.

Compassion
As care providers, we have been called to serve others with compassion and empathy.

Teamwork
We are actively engaged individuals working together as a team to achieve excellence in mission driven service to others.

Management Team

Lois Jordan, RN-C, CSA - President & Chief Executive Officer

Lois started her career in Long Term Care as a Certified Nurse Aide in high school and worked her way through LPN school. Eleven years later she completed her training and licensure as a Registered Nurse followed by Advance Practice Certification in Gerontology. Wanting to broaden her knowledge base even more she returned to school to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management while completing the AIT program for Long Term Care Administration. In 2005 she became a Certified Senior Advisor and she is a graduate Fellow of the first American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Leadership Class of 2007.

Lois serves on the following boards and committees:

  • Chair, CIMRO of Nebraska
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Notre Dame Housing
  • Chair, Leading Age Nebraska (formally known as Nebraska Association of Homes and Services for the Aging)
  • Advisory Board Member, Uta Halee
  • Board Member, NOVA Treatment Community
  • Past Chair, Partnerships Member, Local Area Network of Excellence (LANE)
  • Member, Advisory Council Committee, Nebraska Alzheimer’s Association
  • Past Chair, Create the Good, AARP
  • Past Chair, Heartland Gerontics Inc.

Lois can be reached at 402.827.6056 or ljordan@shf.org.

Debra Thacker – Chief Financial Officer

Deb received her degree in accounting from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She began her career as an auditor with Seim Johnson for hospitals and other non-profit organizations. Before becoming Chief Financial Officer at Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. she worked for Clarkson and Children’s Hospitals in Omaha, Nebraska.

Deb holds the following professional memberships:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Past Board Director, Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Past Board Secretary & Treasurer, Santa Monica, Inc.
  • Treasurer, Omaha Network

Deb can be reached at 402.827.6053 or dthacker@shf.org

Ann Erickson – Vice President of Healthcare Services

Ann has worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years, beginning as a dietary aide and then as a CNA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University. She has worked as a caregiver in all aspects of elder care, including independent living, assisted living, long-term care, skilled nursing, home health and private care. She completed the Administrator in Training program at Florence Home Healthcare Center, worked briefly as a social worker, assumed the Administrator position at Florence Home in May, 2008. She was recently promoted to Vice President of Healthcare Services.

Ann can be reached at 402.827.6057 or aerickson@shf.org.

Julie Sebastian, MSW - Vice President of Senior Housing

Julie has always had a passion for seniors.  She grew up in Omaha, graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with her Bachelor’s in English and Psychology and went on to receive her Master’s in Social Work at University of Nebraska – Omaha.  She is married, and her two dogs are her babies for now—sometimes they even come visit the residents, where they get lots of attention and treats!  Before working with seniors, Julie worked with children and families in crisis through Child Saving Institute in Omaha.  Julie joined the Midwest Geriatrics team as the Resident Services Director for her campus in 2008, and became the Administrator in 2009. She was recently promoted to Vice President of Senior Housing.

Julie can be reached at 402.557.6861 or jsebastian@shf.org.

Cynthia Holaday – Vice President of Human Resources

Cynthia received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska – Omaha, and began working in the Human Resources field in corporate environments. However, she felt something was lacking, and accepted a position with Florence Home, a non-profit organization, in 2001. She was recently promoted to Vice President of Human Resources.

Cynthia is a member of the Human Resources Association of the Midlands, Omaha Public Schools Health Occupations Advisory Council,  and Food Bank for the Heartland Human Resources Committee.

Cynthia can be reached at 402.827.6011 or choladay@shf.org

Deb Milton – Director of Administrative Services

Deb began her career with Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. in May, 1992. Although it was her first experience working in the healthcare industry, after more than 19 years, she can’t imagine working anywhere else. She enjoys the opportunities she has to help fulfill the mission of Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. and interact with the residents living in our care communities. Deb was recently promoted to Director of Administrative Services.

Deb can be reached at 402.827.6052 or dmilton@shf.org

Lori Meays – Vice President of Financial Services

Lori became familiar with Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. as an auditor for Seim Johnson and accepted a position as Controller in August, 2007. She received degrees in Accounting and Business Management from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska. She, her husband and three children keep busy with sports, family outings and social gatherings at their church, Divine Shepherd Lutheran in Millard, Nebraska. She was recently promoted to Vice President of Financial Services.

Lori can be reached at 402.827.6059 or lmeays@shf.org.

Sheryl Havermann, PharmD, RP, CGP - Vice President of Pharmacy Services

Sheryl earned a doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1993. She successfully completed her certification examination in geriatric pharmacy in May 1998, and is currently a member in good standing. Sheryl has been employed with Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. since 1994 and has been the Director of Pharmacy since 2002. She was involved with the long term care task force initiative in Nebraska, and continues to volunteer for LTC pharmacy projects. Sheryl was recently promoted to Vice President of Pharmacy Services.

In her free time, Sheryl volunteers her time with the executive board of the Amputee Coalition of Nebraska, is a mom to 3 beautiful girls, and enjoys reading, running and scrapbooking.

Sheryl can be reached at 402.827.6080 or shaverm@shf.org.

Stephanie Cole, PharmD - Pharmacist

Stephanie has been a pharmacist with Gerimed & Unimed Pharmacies since the fall of 2007.  She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2003.  Previous work experience includes hospital pharmacy as well as long-term care pharmacy.  She is involved with TeamMates mentoring and enjoys spending time with her beagle, Lucy, in her free time.

Stephanie can be reached at 402.827.6080 or shadenfeldt@shf.org.

Jennifer Koerner, PharmD - Pharmacist 

Jennifer joined the Gerimed & Unimed Pharmacy teams in 2011. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in 2001. Her first experience with Gerimed was in the spring of 2001, as a pharmacy student on rotation. It was here that she was exposed to what a difference a pharmacist can really make being a member of a health care team. After some time as a community pharmacist, she was able to come back to her true passion; working in geriatrics. She successfully completed her certification in geriatric pharmacy in September 2012. Outside of work, she enjoys golfing, scrapbooking and spending time with her husband and two boys.

Jennifer can be reached at 402.827.6080 or jkoerner@shf.org.

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Board of Directors

Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

Robert Bloechle – Vice President, Hawkins Construction

Phil Christensen – Assistant Vice President, Union Pacific

Betty G. Foster, Ph.D. – Retired, University Geriatric Center

Stephanie O’Keefe – Retired, Kirkpatrick Pettis Trust Co.

Julie Schultz Self – Attorney, Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O.

Joseph S. Benkis – Director of Strategic Planning, First National Bank of Omaha

Lois Jordan – President & CEO, Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

Debra Thacker – CFO, Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

Florence Home

Robert Bloechle – Vice President, Hawkins Construction

Marc Butterfield – Vice President, First National Bank

Michael Cantrell – Program Director, Rite of Passage/Uta Halee Academy

Phil Christensen – Assistant Vice President, Union Pacific

Paul Falkowski, PhD. – Online Course Coordinator/Advisor, University of Nebraska – Omaha

Betty G. Foster – Retired, University Geriatric Center

Mark Higgins – Executive Vice President, Architecture Division, The Schemmer Associates, Inc.

Lyn M. Holley, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska – Omaha

Nancy McCarthy

Julie Monaco – Vice President/Branch Manager, American National Bank

Stephanie O’Keefe – Retired, Kirkpatrick Pettis Trust Co.

Julie Schultz Self – Attorney, Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O.

Glenn Trembley

Rebecca Wester, MD – Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Lois Jordan – President & CEO, Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

Debra Thacker – CFO, Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

Senior Health Foundation

Joseph Benkis – Director of Strategic Planning, First National Bank

Dave McQue – Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Aon

Lois Jordan – President & CEO, Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

Debra Thacker – CFO, Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

Gerimed/Unimed

Robert Bloechle – Vice President, Hawkins Construction

Betty G. Foster – Retired, University Geriatric Center

Ann Ryan Haddad – Associate Professor, Creighton University School of Pharmacy

Lois Jordan – President & CEO, Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

Debra Thacker – CFO, Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

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