Hillcrest’s Dr. Anna Fisher Wins International Writing Award

Anna Fisher, Hillcrest Health Services

Anna Fisher, Ph.D.

Scholarly Dementia Care Article Wins APEX 2015 Award of Excellence

Hillcrest Health Services’ Director of Quality and Education, Anna Fisher, Ph.D., has been awarded the APEX 2015 Award of Excellence in the category of Health and Medical Writing for her work on “Best Practices for Engaging Patients with Dementia.”

Drs. Fisher and Jennifer Volland, vice president of program development at National Research Corporation in Lincoln, Neb., co-authored the publication, which was featured in Nursing2015, one of the largest nursing journals in the world.

APEX 2015, the 27th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence, is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites.

According to the APEX 2015 judges, “The awards were based on excellence in graphic design, quality of editorial content and the success of the entry in conveying the message and achieving overall communications effectiveness.”

The original article was published in November 2014 and addresses the enormous responsibility and often emotional and financial burden of caring for those with dementia and examines how Montessori Method techniques can be used to engage patients and their family members to provide better care.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for work that can have a real impact in caring for others with dementia,” said Dr. Fisher. “The article offers a comprehensive overview of Montessori method techniques used in both acute and postacute settings, and offers examples of best practices for nurses and caregivers, who are the ones providing daily support to those with cognitive impairments.”

The article also references the Montessori intergenerational program at Hillcrest Mable Rose assisted living in Bellevue, Neb., where students in grades 7 to 12 from the Montessori International School of the Plains in Omaha coach and engage residents using Montessori activities.

About Dr. Anna Fisher

A certified dementia practitioner, Dr. Fisher is the president of the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives, and is a subject matter expert in quality and nursing services education. An adjunct professor at Bellevue University, Dr. Fisher teaches in the Masters Health Administration program and was awarded the prestigious Maenner Award for Professorship in 2012. She is also co-producer of the award winning NET Television series “Now What?” focusing on elder care and dementia. Dr. Fisher holds an undergraduate degree in human resources, a graduate degree in business management, and a doctorate in health administration.


About Hillcrest Health Services

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, palliative care, telehealth services, and hospice care. Hillcrest currently serves nearly 1,000 aging adults daily across nine counties in Nebraska and Iowa. For more information, visit www.hillcresthealth.com.