News and Events

Brandi Valerius Named September Employee of the Month

We are very excited to announce Brandi Valerius, Assistant Director of Activities, has been named the September Employee of the Month! Brandi was a former Activities Aide prior to recently becoming the Assistant Director of Activities. Brandi was nominated for adjusting very well in her new position. She genuinely cares for the residents and is very knowledgeable about each of them. She works very hard! Thank you for all you do for our residents Brandi! We are lucky to have you as part of the LHK Team!!

Pictured here is HR Director Dawn Bigley, Brandi Valerius, and Administrator Char Floravit.

Sherry McDowell Named August Employee of the Month

We would like to send out a big CONGRATULATIONS to CNA Sherry McDowell who has been named the LHK August Employee of the Month! Sherry was nominated for always putting our residents first. She always takes the time to have them dressed nice and their hair combed and styled. Sherry always spends extra time making our residents feel special, singing to them, and getting to know each one and their past so she can bring some of it here to LHK. Thank you for always going above and beyond for our residents Sherry!

Pictured here is HR Director Dawn Bigley, Sherry, and Assistant Director of Nursing Chelise Biel.

LHK July Employee of the Month

We are very proud to announce Head Cook Candy Spear has been nominated as the July Employee of the Month! Candy was nominated by her fellow employees for always going above and beyond in her everyday job duties. She always steps up and takes on extra duties when asked without complaining including covering while her supervisor is away. Candy is always friendly with other staff and all the residents as well. Her friendly greetings always bring a smile to many of us!! Congratulations Candy!! Thank you for all you do for LHK and our residents!!



Pictured here is Administrator Char Floravit, Candy, and Director of Dietary Danielle Bontempo.

LHK June Employee of the Month

We would like to send out a great big CONGRATULATIONS to RCC Aide Ashley Wilson for being selected as the June Employee of the Month!! Ashley's nomination states she is always open to help anyone and everyone. It does not matter what the job is, she completes it and owns it with pride. She easily transitions aspects of her position in the facility with no questions asked and no complaints of 'it’s not my job' ever. Ashley is honest and owns her faults. She stands out, does an amazing job, never complains, doesn’t gossip, doesn’t throw her coworkers under the bus, is kind, caring, genuinely loves the residents, and is appreciative of being a part of LHK. Thank you for all you do for our residents Ashley!!

Pictured here is RCC Director Michele Avenali, Ashley Wilson, HR Director Dawn Bigley, and RCC Assistant Director Regina Greenman.

Lutheran Home at Kane Enjoys Annual Carnival

The Annual Carnival of the Lutheran Home at Kane was recently held on August 22nd, 2019.  Residents, families, and friends all came together to enjoy this annual event filled with food, games, and entertainment.  Music was provided by the Guitar Choir which created a fun, upbeat atmosphere for everyone.  Cotton candy and popcorn was donated by the Kane Lions Club.  Residents and family alike enjoyed a variety of games, a dunk tank, face painting, and a bake sale. A new activity enjoyed by all at this year’s event was wheelchair decorating with a parade. Numerous creative ideas were seen including roller coaster chairs, an ice cream truck, hot air balloon, a Ford Mustang, a rainbow with a pot of gold, a bathtub, and a Swedish Viking ship, to name a few. 

LHK May Employee of the Month

A big CONGRATULATIONS is being sent out to Maintenance Assistant Nick Young for being selected as the LHK May Employee of the Month! Nick's coworkers nominated him saying he is an employee who works very hard behind the scenes to keep LHK looking great! Nick is always willing to do the work no one else wants to do without a complaint - even in uncomfortable weather conditions. Thank You Nick for everything you do for LHK! Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Pictured here is Maintenance Director Scott Pontious, Employee of the Month Nick Young, and Administrator Char Floravit.

LHK April Employee of the Month

We are very excited to announce Dietary Aide Desi Bailey has been selected as our April LHK Employee of the Month! Desi was nominated by her fellow employees who say she is always pleasant and chipper with a positive personality. Desi is always friendly, speaks in the hallways, and is willing to be of help or assistance at any time. Thank you for all you do Desi!!! 

Pictured (left to right): Dietary Directory Danielle Bontempo, Desi Bailey, Assistant Dietary Director Paula Santilli, and Administrator Char Floravit.

LHK March Employee of the Month

A great big CONGRATULATIONS to Heather Muisiner, LPN, for being selected as our new Employee of the Month! Heather was nominated by her fellow employees for being dependable, reliable, thorough, concise and consistent. Heather is always professional while at the same time being kind, caring, and compassionate to our residents. Thank you for all you do for our residents and your fellow employees Heather! 


Pictured (left to right): Tarra Porter, Director of Nursing, and Heather Muisiner, LPN.

LHK Celebrates National Nursing Home Week 2019

The Lutheran Home at Kane recently celebrated National Nursing Home Week May 12th through May 18th. The national theme for 2019 was “Living Soulfully”. We celebrated with residents and staff by taking part in activities to reinforce happy minds and healthy souls. Each day, residents and staff enjoyed prepared food as well as participated in dressing up to match the theme.

LHK February Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Restorative CNA Jessica Howard for being nominated as the February Employee of the Month! Jessica was nominated by her co-workers for always going above and beyond. She takes time with her residents and it’s more than just a job to her. Jessica always has a smile on her face and is very active with the residents in the Restorative Program. She is a great friend, mentor and role model to her co-workers. Thank you for all your do for our residents Jessica!

Pictured (left to right): Dawn Bigley, HR Director, Jessica Howard, and Char Floravit, Administrator.

Grace Lutheran Church Makes Donation to LHK

A great big THANK YOU to Grace Lutheran Church of Brookville who recently hosted their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper and donated all the proceeds to LHK!! We are honored that Grace Lutheran Church supports our mission at LHK!

Pictured here is Carol Lundgren, President of the congregation at Grace Lutheran Church in Brookville, who also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors at Lutheran Home at Kane, presenting Charlotte Floravit, LHK Administrator, a check.

LHK January Employee of the Month

Congratulations to LPN Christina Mallery for being selected as the January Employee of the Month!! Christina was nominated by her fellow employees who say she truly cares about each resident and always takes the time to speak to all the residents and ask them how they are feeling every day. Christina always has a smile on her face, always pitches in and helps everyone out, rearranges her schedule to help the facility while always having a positive attitude. THANK YOU Christina for all you do for our residents! 


Pictured (left to right): Char Floravit, Administrator, Christina Mallery, and Tarra Porter, RN, Director of Nursing.

2018 Resident & Family Christmas Dinner

Residents and families of the Lutheran Home at Kane and Residential Care Center recently enjoyed their 2018 Annual Christmas Dinner.  Great food, great company, and a visit from Santa all contributed to an evening full of smiles, laughter, and memories.