Heartland Family Services Salutes Marie Knedler and Family for Community Leadership
Release Date: 11/07/2008

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  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa. – Loving, encouraging, strong family values and teamwork - all traits Heartland Family Service looks for when it identifies local families to salute at the end of each year. The organization is constantly on the hunt for families who exemplify its values - from overcoming significant obstacles to serving as leaders for their community. This year, it will honor the Knedler family - Michael, Marie and their two sons - for the outstanding leadership they so selflessly offer to those around them. As vice-president and chief operating officer for Alegent Health Mercy Hospital, Marie Knedler has dedicated her career to improving the healthcare services available to the people of Council Bluffs. She has also offered effective guidance as a board member for several organizations. Meantime, Dr. Michael Knedler focused his attention and skills on the area’s youth as a professor of economics and political science. Now retired, he serves on several local boards and volunteers at Philips Cupboard as well as Meals on Wheels. But Heartland Family Service recognizes that Michael and Marie Knedler have provided much more than these tangible services. They have been committed to building a legacy of leadership in the community, by serving as role models for their two sons, Jonathan and Jared. “They have instilled a strong sense of accountability in their children, which the boys acknowledge as a favorable influence in their lives,” said a spokesperson for Heartland Family Service. Both boys have been active in their schools, as well as their communities. Jonathan - a recent public health graduate from Iowa State University - has twice dedicated his time to serve the people of St. Lucia, while Jared - a freshman at Briar Cliff University - spends his summers as a storm chaser. Both are active volunteers. Heartland Family Service will recognize the Knedlers, and three other Council Bluffs families, on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at the Mid-America Center. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m., with a dinner following at 6:30 p.m. About Alegent Health Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 9,000 employees. Alegent Health is ranked first in the country in quality and patient satisfaction according to the Network for Regional healthcare Improvement (NRHI). That exceptional commitment to providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person keeps Alegent Health faithful to its Mission, which was inspired by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Alegent Health is online at www.alegent.com. About Heartland Family Service Heartland Family Service is a non-profit, non-sectarian counseling agency, founded in 1875. The mission of the agency is to strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling and support services. From sixteen locations, we serve people of all ages and incomes - most on a sliding fee scale. Heartland Family Service provides essential services to vulnerable children and families in the metro Omaha community. In 2007, we helped nearly 40,000 individuals - children who are removed from unsafe homes; teens who made the wrong decisions about alcohol, drugs or crime; low-income families, mostly women and children, who fall into homelessness; and many, many more who need a helping hand to get back on track.