Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh Inc. honored the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and its College of Nursing as key partners while the organization celebrated its 50th Anniversary, providing quality care and life-enriching opportunities to the aging and those in need since 1963.
Lutheran Homes President and CEO Theresa Bertram presented the honor during a UW Oshkosh administrative meeting in December. College of Nursing Dean Rosemary Smith and Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director Suzanne Marnocha also participated in a special event on Oct. 17 recognizing the partnership.
“Over the years, Lutheran Homes has become a strong network of interdependent relationships,” Bertram said. “We share a genuine concern for those we serve. Our work together is exciting and the partnerships we enjoy are energizing. Together, regardless of our roles, we support older persons as they lead meaningful and purposeful lives.”
Gerard Bodalski, vice president of health care services for Lutheran Homes, recognized the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing’s value in “training talented employees on our health care team.”
UW Oshkosh was among a host of community partners recognized by Lutheran Homes in 2013.
Honorees included a volunteer team organized through St. Jude the Apostle Parish, which prepares for a Catholic Mass each Tuesday for residents of Lutheran Homes and those instrumental in the Clinical Pastoral Education program, such as Affinity Health System, St. Agnes Hospital, and Holy Family Memorial Hospital. Other honorees included the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, The Garden Gate florist, U.S. Postal Carrier Chuck Putzer, the Oshkosh Police and Fire Departments, Hoffman — a planning, design, and construction firm that worked on major Lutheran Homes’ projects — First National Bank-Fox Valley, Steinert Printing, the Oshkosh Northwestern, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Oshkosh Area United Way.