Hillcrest Rehab Administrator elected President of NPTA

Grace Knott, PT, GCS, Rehab Administrator for Hillcrest Rehab Services, was recently elected as the President of the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Knott has been a longtime member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Chapter. In 2015, Knott was awarded the Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award by the NPTA for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of physical therapy.

“Grace has been a tremendous advocate for the physical therapy profession her entire career,” said Matt Oestmann, Vice President of Rehab & Post-Acute Services for Hillcrest Health Services.

Knott is a graduate of Kansas University in physical therapy and has extensive experience in acute, skilled nursing and outpatient settings as both a clinician and a manager. Her passion is working with the older adult, especially in the areas of fall risk reduction, dementia care and optimal aging. She is a frequent lecturer for the Omaha “Tai Chi for Balance” community program and lectures in the area of dementia-related therapy services.

In her role at Hillcrest, Knott leads the rehab directors in Hillcrest’s post-acute rehab facilities.

Hillcrest to host 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 Friday, March 9. From 7 to 10 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.

“Parkinson’s Nebraska is in awe of Hillcrest Health Services’ attention to detail and commitment to its residents, patients and the local Parkinson’s community,” said Ted Wuebben, Chair of the Parkinson’s Nebraska Board. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Hillcrest Health Services for the second annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Nebraska strives to be Nebraska’s number one resource for local Parkinson’s disease information, educational programs, exercise classes and support. We are committed to the local community, and all of the dollars raised stay right here to fund LOCAL Parkinson’s services.”

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

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.