Hillcrest embraces growth in palliative care, names new medical director

With growth in the Palliative Care Program, Hillcrest Health Services has named Dr. Natalie Manley, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Palliative Care Services. She will also serve as Associate Medical Director for Hillcrest Hospice Care.

Dr. Manley is an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and holds a certification in geriatric medicine and medical direction in post-acute and long-term care. She received her MD and MPH from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Manley completed residency training and geriatric fellowship at the University of Utah in, Salt Lake City. She completed an advanced geriatric fellowship at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

“I’m so excited to join the Hillcrest palliative care team,” said Dr. Manley. “I look forward to enhancing lives through palliative and hospice care and helping educate our community about the valuable services.”

Aside from palliative and hospice care, Dr. Manley’s academic interests also include nursing home care, caregiver strain and support, veterans as caregivers and education in community and nursing home care for medical students and residents.

Staying active in research and education, she is a co-investigator on a grant for a dementia care program intended to improve the quality of life for people with dementia as well as their caregivers. Dr. Manley has published computer-based educational materials and participated in educational video publications. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Directors Association and the American Geriatrics Society.

Dr. Manley is joining Brandy Anderson, MSN, APRN, who on the palliative care team. Anderson, a nurse practitioner, has been with Hillcrest’s Palliative Care Services since February 2016.

“Hillcrest is the largest provider of palliative care services in Omaha, with more than 100 patients on service today,” said Reggie Ripple, Vice President of Home & Community Services. “With Dr. Manley’s oversight, we look forward to growing our services further and helping support more patients with managing the symptoms of chronic illness.”

Hillcrest’s Palliative Care Program provides an innovative approach to managing pain and symptoms of a chronic or life-threatening disease. The patient- and family-centered care is intended to improve quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. Through palliative care at home, Hillcrest provides an option for those who aren’t ready for hospice care. The palliative care medical team works closely with the care team of in-home geriatricians, nurses, social workers and therapists, along with the patient’s family, to provide compassion, comfort and control.

Hillcrest Mable Rose to host annual art show on March 11

Hillcrest Mable Rose is hosting An Afternoon of Art on Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 4609 Hilltop St. in Bellevue.

This event will feature art created by local artists, as well as Hillcrest Mable Rose residents, team members and friends. All forms of art will be on display at the assisted living community, including pottery, paintings of all mediums, photography, quilting and woodwork.

Complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served while guests view the exhibit at their leisure.

Hillcrest Mable Rose has offered assisted living and memory support in a beautiful setting in Bellevue for more than 15 years and has been voted among the Best of Omaha for “Best Assisted Living Facility” for several years.

Hillcrest to support Parkinson’s Nebraska with Pancakes for Parkinson’s

Get ready to catch a flying pancake! Hillcrest Health Services is hosting a pancake
benefit for Parkinson’s Nebraska at Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge on Saturday, March 18. From 8 to 11 a.m., The Pancake Man will be entertaining guests and serving up cakes of buttery goodness for a freewill donation.

All proceeds from the benefit will go to Parkinson’s Nebraska, a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to helping those in Nebraska and surrounding areas who are affected by Parkinson’s disease. Donations to the organization are used to educate communities and caregivers through access to resources and information.

Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge is located at 6021 Grand Lodge Ave in Papillion.

“We’re looking forward to participating with Parkinson’s Nebraska, a great organization that shares our mission of enhancing lives,” said Jim Janicki, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “I always enjoy eating for a good cause.”