Vickie Worden Recognized as One of the Top 26 Nurses in Nebraska

Vickie Worden_Hillcrest Health & RehabBellevue, NE – Hillcrest Health & Rehab is pleased to announce Vickie Worden, RN, was recognized as one of the top 26 nurses in Nebraska, out of 140 nominated, with an Excellence in Nursing award presented by the Nebraska March of Dimes on November 7.

(Pictured left to right: Ed Prosser, Chair, March of Dimes Board; Vickie Worden, Assistant Director of Nursing, Hillcrest Health & Rehab; and Rosemary Opbroek, State Director, March of Dimes Nebraska Chapter)

Worden, assistant director of nursing for Hillcrest Health & Rehab and a nurse for 25 years, has worked both locally and nationally to improve patient transfers and reduce re-hospitalization rates to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. As an advocate for her patients, she strives to streamline processes for her peers and healthcare team and recently implemented “quick reference” care paths to guide nurses in providing more efficient care.

“This designation is well-deserved for Vickie, and we are so proud that her hard work and dedication to quality care and serving aging adults is being recognized,” said Kevin Sauberzweig, Hillcrest Health & Rehab’s administrator who nominated Worden for the award. “Vickie has blazed a trail as a leader, mentor, educator, clinician and compassionate caregiver. We are so proud of her accomplishments.”

According to the March of Dimes, Worden’s nomination was among the highest scores, which were based on current memberships and certifications, community and volunteer service, professional achievements, and the nominee’s contribution to the profession of nursing.

Worden, who resides in Papillion, Neb., was named Nurse of the Year in 2011 by the Nebraska Health Care Association and received Hillcrest Health Service’s esteemed President’s Award in 2012, which recognizes excellence by a team member who strives to meet company goals exemplifying respect and quality care. Worden has worked for Hillcrest Health & Rehab since 2006 and previously held nursing positions for long term care communities.

Hillcrest Health & Rehab is the region’s only post-acute center dedicated exclusively to short-term rehabilitation following surgery, illness or injury. A multidisciplinary healthcare team provides the highest quality of care to reach recovery goals. Occupational, speech and physical therapy, including aquatic therapy, are provided in a 10,000-square-foot gym. Recently renovated, the center now includes private rooms with bathrooms and showers and more convenient dining services with in-room and Bistro dining for patients and guests. For more information, call (402) 291-8500.

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 eight counties in Nebraska and Iowa. For more information, visit