Hillcrest Country Estates Retirement Community Hires Seasoned Hospitality Expert to Manage Grand Lodge

Bellevue, NE – Hillcrest Country Estates, a Continuing Care Retirement Community Jose Machuca(CCRC), has named Jose Machuca executive director of the Grand Lodge, the final development phase of the 44-acre campus scheduled to open late 2014. Machuca relocated from Atlanta to join the Hillcrest team, and with more than 20 years in hotel management, he will lead the daily operations of the retirement community, which includes independent living, assisted living, memory support and resort-style amenities.

“Jose has a wealth of experience running high-end hotels with priority on providing a five star customer experience, which will translate well to operating the area’s premier resort-style retirement community,” said Tim Irwin, vice president of operations for Hillcrest Health Services. “We will offer our residents a worry-free and maintenance-free lifestyle so they can enjoy their retirement years, and Jose’s expertise in the hospitality industry will be instrumental in accomplishing this.”

Most recently, Machuca was general manager for an Interstate Hotels & Resorts property in Atlanta where he was responsible for all aspects of hotel operations, focusing on enhancing the guest experience and exceeding guests’ expectations. Machuca has held numerous hotel management positions for brands such as Marriott, Sheraton, Hilton, and Intercontinental Hotels over his 27-year career, in which he was recognized for excellence in guest service, management, and operational accomplishments.

“It’s exciting to be part of a community dedicated to enhancing the lives of aging adults,” said Machuca, who resides in Papillion with his wife, Elaine. “I’m looking forward to helping shape this community from the ground up and delivering a high level of service with a genuine, caring attitude.”

The Grand Lodge will include 102 independent living apartments, 60 assisted living and memory support apartments, and a 32,000-square-foot Clubhouse featuring impressive amenities, ranging from a heated indoor saltwater pool and hot tub to a full-service salon and day spa. Other features include a fitness center and exercise classroom; restaurant, bistro and Cheers pub; a Grand Hall performing arts center; cinema; craft and hobby shops; library and club rooms; underground parking; and beautiful landscaping, courtyards and resident gardening areas.

Hillcrest Country Estates, located at 60th Street and Highway 370 in Papillion, is a 44-acre CCRC with maintenance-free Signature Villas for those 55 and better, all-inclusive independent living apartments, and innovative, household-model skilled nursing cottages.

Hillcrest Health Services offers the region’s largest continuum of health services for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, memory support, adult day services, certified skilled home health and private duty home care, and hospice care. Hillcrest currently serves nearly 1,000 aging adults daily across eight counties in Nebraska and Iowa. For more information, visit www.hillcresthealth.com.