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A Private Home for Everyone

We are proud to announce the public launch of A Private Home for Everyone Campaign. This $6.1 million project will provide every health care resident with a private room. The construction of a new, two-story assisted-living building at the corner of Hickory and Main Street, along with repurposing a portion of the current assisted-living building will accomplish this goal. 

“Currently, 38 health care residents do not have their own private room... [click here to read more]


Tonya Keim

Tonya Keim of Hesston joined Bluestem Communities' executive team on March 21. Keim is serving as the Executive Assistant to Bluestem Communities President/CEO James Krehbiel.

"Our Bluestem Executive team is excited to welcome Tonya to our staff," Krehbiel said. "She will be a wonderful addition... [click here to read more]


HWC New Hire

The Hesston Wellness Center, a service of Bluestem Communities, is proud to announce that Julie Baehler has been selected as the new program director.

In this position, Baehler is responsible for helping members achieve their fitness goals through high-quality programs and services. She will work with instructors to continue to grow and improve the many group exercise classes at the wellness center... [click here to read more]


Heritage Cooking School

Like a visit to Grandma's kitchen, where fun is the main ingredient, Heritage Cooking School classes celebrate cultural heritage and long-held cooking methods. As the instructors share their recipes and life wisdom, you'll learn much more than made-from-scratch techniques using locally sourced ingredients. Helpful tips, recipes, and sampling sessions add to the richness of the Heritage Cooking School experience... [click here for Spring 2016 information] 


Watch Schowalter Villa 2015 Highlights video

2015 was a very exciting year for us! This is a video we put together showcasing some of the highlights, innovations and changes that happened on our campus last year... [click here to watch the video]


ThanksFest 2015

On November 18, around 370 Schowalter Villa residents and staff gathered to participate in ThanksFest, an annual Thanksgiving dinner. This is a significant increase from 350 attendees the year before.

“Three-hundred and seventy is a remarkable number and higher than prior special dinners,” said Treva Greaser, Schowalter Villa Executive Director. “It’s truly a privilege to have the Villa community join together for this celebration”... [click here to read more] 

Zero Deficiency

At the end of October, our Health Care earned a zero deficiency rating from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). This rating is a testament to Schowalter Villa’s dedication to providing quality care and life.

“We are very pleased that the surveyors recognized Schowalter Villa’s commitment to resident quality of life which is integrated in our core values and... [click here to read more] 


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Hesston Wellness Center is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a Free Family Fun Day and safety fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 3 at 701 S. Main in Hesston. Also free that day is a family swim, from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Non-members also may use the wellness center's exercise facilities without charge during those hours.

The health and safety fair will include an opportunity to visit with Remo, the Hesston Police Department's canine officer, as well as displays from the ambulance and fire departments. In addition... [click here to read more] 


Villa Days

Mark your calendars and come join in the festivities at Schowalter Villa’s Villa Days celebration, Sept. 10 through 12, hosted by the Villa Partners’ auxiliary. The annual event benefits Villa Life Center residents, residing in assisted living or skilled nursing, with a special-funding focus on the Music & Memory program and the Good Samaritan Caring Fund.

Three days of family fun kicks off Sept. 10 with... [click here to read more] 


Osher Fall Classes

The Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village of North Newton and Schowalter Villa of Hesston, recently announced the fall course schedule for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Kansas University.

The Osher Institute offers courses that stress the joy of learning for participants 50 and older and welcomes lifelong learners of all ages. Instructors are selected for their expertise, passion for the topic and love of teaching. Courses generally meet weekly for two hours over a three-week period... [click here to read more] 


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Fran Clark of Hesston will receive the LeadingAge Kansas 2015 Faye McCoy Positive Aging Award on Sept. 10, for her active approach to aging while living here at Schowalter Villa, a not-for-profit, continuing-care retirement community.

Clark is involved in resident life in Schowalter Villa in numerous ways, piecing quilts and sewing items as favors and gifts for fellow residents and staff. She has been.... [click here to read more] 


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Bluestem Communities will receive the LeadingAge Kansas 2015 Excellence in Innovation Award for developing and implementing an innovative Transition Support management service.

Patients frequently are transferred from a hospital to a skilled-nursing rehabilitation unit to their homes. Each transfer can have pitfalls, with the latter being the most risky, as patients often are assuming responsibility for their own care at a time when they are in a weakened condition... [click here to read more]


SV Baseball Dream

Monday night, August 10, the Wichita Wingnuts baseball team will help fulfill a lifelong dream for a 90-year-old American hero, now a resident of Schowalter Villa and formerly of Kidron Bethel Village.

In his youth, Loyd Brewer dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. He enlisted in the Marines in 1943, during World War II, when he was 18 years old and immediately was called to serve. 236 men in the 27th Marines I Company saw battle in Iwo Jima, Japan... [click here to read more]


Innovations in living with Dementia 2015 community forum by Comfort Matters

Bluestem Communities presents its second annual community forum, “Innovations in Living with Dementia 2015,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, at Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston.

“It seems dementia touches each of us in some way, as we encounter family members, friends or neighbors who are struggling with difficulty thinking,” says Treva Greaser, executive director of Schowalter Villa, a Bluestem Community located in Hesston. “This educational evening of hope... [click here to read more]


Inspiring Sisterhood - Schowalter Vila China Sisters exchange program

Naomi Fast and Fran Clark share a special bond with their new-found sisters in Christ, Liu Mian and Zhang Zahn. Without leaving their respective retirement-community homes – Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas, and YiFuYuan in the Henan province of China – the four enjoyed exchanging letters, photographs and gifts.

The idea for the sisterhood began when Naomi and Fran learned that Schowalter Villa Executive Director Treva Greaser was traveling to China this spring to... [click here to read more]


Schowalter Villa resident Leenea Nikkel's Skydive

Parachuting from an airplane for the first time was high-flying fun for Schowalter Villa resident Leenea Nikkel and Certified Restorative Aide Brianna White. “From that high up, I could see wind turbines at Beaumont, Kansas, and I really enjoyed pulling the cords to make the chute turn in a circle,” says Leenea. “I loved it,” says Brianna, who previously was afraid of flying. “It’s pretty special to share this skydiving experience with Leenea.”... [click here to watch the video]


Progressive Recovery Academy Transition Support commercial screengrabThis commercial, for the transition support program that enhances the Progressive Recovery Academy on the Schowalter Villa campus, aired on The Weather Channel, Lifetime, and several other channels in the Newton/El Dorado Cox Media service area... [click here to watch the commercial]


Living Thoughtfully Dying Well by Glen Miller graphic

The Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village of North Newton and Schowalter Villa of Hesston are pleased to host local presentations by Glen E. Miller, MD, author of Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well: A doctor explains how to make death a natural part of life

The public is invited to attend, and offerings will be taken at each gathering... [click here to read more]

Glen Campbell film I'll Be Me

“I’ll Be Me,” the film about American music legend Glen Campbell and his 2011 diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, is making its one-night premiere showing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway in Wichita.

Local sponsors of the presentation are the Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village of North Newton and Schowalter Villa of Hesston; the Alzheimer’s Association... [click here to read more]

Progressive Recovery Academy commercial | Basketball InjuryThis commercial, for the Progressive Recovery Academy on the Schowalter Villa campus, aired during all 2015 March Madness games on TBS and TNT in the Newton/El Dorado Cox Media service area... [click here to watch the commercial]




Hesston Wellness Center Membership Challenge Fulfillment

Decked out in his Bucklin High School football jersey and sporting a red-tinged, 1980s high-school-Mohawk hairstyle, Jason Jones, left, excitedly fulfills a membership challenge at Hesston Wellness Center. Jones, director of the center, pledged to ride a bike for 3 consecutive hours during lunchtime in front of the Hesston Wellness Center/Water’s Edge Restaurant building if January membership goals were met. For the fourth consecutive year, the goal was exceeded, and Jones proved himself a good sport... [click here to read more]

Bluestem Communities is a family of progressive retirement communities dedicated to improving quality of life and providing residential choices, community services, and personalized care with Christian compassion.

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