Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


May 17, 2014

Hickory Creek celebrates nurses with competition, ice cream

GREENSBURG -- Hickory Creek nursing home residents applauded their nurses in a ceremony Friday afternoon to thank them for their hard work and dedication.

The home’s administrators invited public officials, including representatives of local fire and police departments, for games and ice cream to thank them for their service and to help recognize the nurses.

As some of the nonprofit nursing home’s 30 residents sat in the lobby, the public officials, including City Councilman Terry Wagner, teamed with Hickory Creek staffers in a competition that challenged participants to create something recognizable from recycled materials.

The teams used soft drink cans, clothes pins and tape to craft a hanging sculpture, train engine, house fly and Indy 500 trophy, which Activity Director Cheryl Harford chose as the winner.

“I think we should put it on display,” she said.

“You all did great,” she told the competitors.

Wagner presented Hickory Creek staff a framed certificate, signed by Mayor Gary Herbert, to recognize the nurses on National Nurses Day.

Wagner said the certificate symbolizes the city’s gratitude for all the duties nurses perform daily across the city.

After the competition, visitors and residents enjoyed vanilla ice cream with fixings such as nuts, caramel and chocolate.

Joey Kring, the nursing home’s administrator, said Hickory Creek has celebrated all week, with Hawaiian dances, food and a superhero day, and wanted to celebrate National Nurses Day with the residents and representatives of police and fire departments and other public agencies who are ready to provide help whenever needed.

Residents, too, seemed to have a good time.

Katha Dillon, 71, a Greensburg native who has lived at Hickory Creek for about 2.5 years, said she enjoyed the visit from the public officials and their interaction with the nursing home staff during the competition.

“I thought it was fun to watch them work together,” Dillon said.

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x7401;

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