Hillcrest Celebrates Its Volunteers

At the end of April, Hillcrest Health Services honored all the volunteers that enhance the lives of aging adults each and every day. More than 130 volunteers were in attendance at the recognition event. Volunteers enjoyed a nice meal and entertainment, and awards were presented to many of the faithful volunteers.
In 2016, Hillcrest volunteers logged just under 10,000 volunteer hours – that’s more than 410 days of time! Please take a moment when you see our volunteers to thank them for what they do.

Hillcrest Volunteer Services recognized Adult Volunteers of the Year at each Hillcrest community and three Youth Volunteers of the Year. The 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award winners are:

Jim Schwalb, Hillcrest Hospice Care,

Jean Ewing, Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge,

Kari Loveland (youth volunteer), Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge,

Hands of Heartland, Hillcrest Country Estates Cottages,

Don Jacobson, Hillcrest Shadow Lake,

Florence Summers, Hillcrest Mable Rose,

Natalie McNamara (youth volunteer), Hillcrest Mable Rose,

Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Hillcrest Health & Rehab,

Ambrose Terneus (youth volunteer), Hillcrest Health & Rehab.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were also given out for the extraordinary hours donated in 2016 to enhancing lives at Hillcrest. In 2003, the United States President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation launched a President’s Volunteer Service Award program to celebrate, honor and recognize Americans making a positive impact through their volunteer services. The award enables organizations to join the President in thanking the nation’s most dedicated volunteers.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were awarded to Michelle Blesh, Jenna Clark, Judi Colby, Ron Colby, Jeanette Coleman, Madison DeMeo, Margaret Dorsee, Drew Grimm, Trish Iacopini, Yvette King, Natalie McNamara, Jim Schwalb, Ralph Smith, Mary Ann Stevens, Kathy Taylor, Ambrose Terneus, Judy Warren, Richard Woodsmall and Sandy Kinsella.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were awarded to 19 Hillcrest volunteers at the Volunteer Appreciation Event in April. Pictured above are some of the Presidential Award Winners. Volunteer of the Year Award winners are pictured below.

Thank you to all of our hardworking, dedicated volunteers!

Hillcrest to create 100 new jobs in Lincoln

A market leader in Omaha will soon be bringing its innovative services to Lincoln. Hillcrest Health Services is opening Hillcrest Firethorn, a post-acute rehabilitation center, later this year. And with the creation of a new senior care community comes 100 career opportunities for individuals looking to enhance the lives of aging adults.

In addition, Hillcrest Home Care will expand its agency with a Lincoln branch scheduled to open in October. Hillcrest Home Care provides skilled medical home health services.

Hiring is underway with the leadership team currently being assembled. Many more positions will be posted over the next several months.

“Hillcrest has a unique culture focused on great customer service and a passion for enhancing the lives of aging adults,” said Jim Janicki, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “We’re looking for fun and compassionate people to join our team and quickly establish Hillcrest as the provider of choice for rehabilitation services in Lincoln.”

Potential candidates can get in at the ground level with Hillcrest’s post-acute rehab center by attending the Hillcrest Firethorn Career Fair on June 6 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. The Career Fair will be held at First Evangelical Free Church, located at 3280 South 84th Street in Lincoln. Interviews are guaranteed for those interested in open positions.

“This will be a huge opportunity for people to learn more about the Hillcrest organization and start a career with us,” said Joe Alfaro, Recruiter. “Hillcrest is a very desirable place to work, offering affordable health insurance as low as $10.33 per month, a student loan repayment program and up to four weeks of PTO in the first year.”

Hillcrest rebrands private duty services as Hillcrest Caring Companions

Hillcrest Health Services is now offering its in-home personal care services, commonly referred to as private duty services, through Hillcrest Caring Companions.

“Under Hillcrest Home Care, we have been offering in-home personal care services in the Omaha area for more than a decade,” said Reggie Ripple, Vice President of Home & Community Services. “We feel the time has come to rename this specific type of care to more accurately describe the services offered and help clear up confusion among the public who is caring for aging loved ones.”

Over the years, Hillcrest’s private duty services have helped more than 1,000 aging adults remain safe at home. Through Hillcrest Caring Companions, Hillcrest will continue to assist seniors in the same way.

Hillcrest Caring Companions will provide companion services, such as socialization/friendship or grocery shopping, personal care services, such as bathing/ grooming or walking assistance, and specialized services, such as dementia care or overnight care.

Skilled home health, palliative care and telehealth will still be provided through Hillcrest Home Care.