Hillcrest welcomes new Chief Medical Officer

Hillcrest Health Services recently introduced Dr. Anthony Hatcher, DO, FAAFP, as its first Chief Medical Officer. Bringing with him years of experience in the health care industry, Dr. Hatcher will work to establish care protocols and clinical pathways, interacting with Hillcrest’s existing medical directors, to ensure continuity of care across the entire Hillcrest organization.

“We value our current partnerships with our facility medical directors but felt we needed a full-time medical leader who lives and breathes Hillcrest to help support the increasing complexities of our customers,” said Matt Oestmann, Vice President of Rehab and Post-acute Services. “It’s typical for organizations to contract with physician services. Instead, we have one person providing medical coordination and oversight across our whole health system.”

Dr. Hatcher spent more than 20 years working for Alegent /CHI Health as a practicing clinical physician. He also served on the Alegent Health Board of Directors and as the Chief Administrative Officer of Alegent Health Clinic.

“We’re excited to have a highly-skilled physician leading our medical care pathways, helping to position us to better serve clients in the health care environment,” said Jolene Roberts, Chief Executive Officer. “With his experience in other integrated health care systems, we believe he will be able to build relationships and collaborate with acute care partners and other health care entities.”

In addition to being Hillcrest’s CMO, Dr. Hatcher will also serve as the Medical Director for Hillcrest Millard, which is scheduled to open in January, and Hillcrest Firethorn, which officially opens in Lincoln this month. Dr. Hatcher lives in Omaha with his wife Amy and their five children.