Hillcrest Celebrates Its Volunteers

At the end of April, Hillcrest Health Services honored all the volunteers that enhance the lives of aging adults each and every day. More than 130 volunteers were in attendance at the recognition event. Volunteers enjoyed a nice meal and entertainment, and awards were presented to many of the faithful volunteers.
In 2016, Hillcrest volunteers logged just under 10,000 volunteer hours – that’s more than 410 days of time! Please take a moment when you see our volunteers to thank them for what they do.

Hillcrest Volunteer Services recognized Adult Volunteers of the Year at each Hillcrest community and three Youth Volunteers of the Year. The 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award winners are:

Jim Schwalb, Hillcrest Hospice Care,

Jean Ewing, Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge,

Kari Loveland (youth volunteer), Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge,

Hands of Heartland, Hillcrest Country Estates Cottages,

Don Jacobson, Hillcrest Shadow Lake,

Florence Summers, Hillcrest Mable Rose,

Natalie McNamara (youth volunteer), Hillcrest Mable Rose,

Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Hillcrest Health & Rehab,

Ambrose Terneus (youth volunteer), Hillcrest Health & Rehab.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were also given out for the extraordinary hours donated in 2016 to enhancing lives at Hillcrest. In 2003, the United States President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation launched a President’s Volunteer Service Award program to celebrate, honor and recognize Americans making a positive impact through their volunteer services. The award enables organizations to join the President in thanking the nation’s most dedicated volunteers.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were awarded to Michelle Blesh, Jenna Clark, Judi Colby, Ron Colby, Jeanette Coleman, Madison DeMeo, Margaret Dorsee, Drew Grimm, Trish Iacopini, Yvette King, Natalie McNamara, Jim Schwalb, Ralph Smith, Mary Ann Stevens, Kathy Taylor, Ambrose Terneus, Judy Warren, Richard Woodsmall and Sandy Kinsella.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were awarded to 19 Hillcrest volunteers at the Volunteer Appreciation Event in April. Pictured above are some of the Presidential Award Winners. Volunteer of the Year Award winners are pictured below.

Thank you to all of our hardworking, dedicated volunteers!

Best of 2016

Every year there are various “Best of” and “People’s Choice” contests in which Hillcrest is a contender, and 2016 was no exception. This year, Hillcrest received the following recognition in these contests.

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In the Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O, Hillcrest Health Services was named Best Long-Term Care Facility and Best Assisted Living Facility.best-of-omaha-2016

 

Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha recognized Hillcrest Home Care for best Home Nursing Provider, Hillcrest Mable Rose for Best Assisted Living Facility and Hillcrest Country Estates for Best Retirement Community.

 

best-of-logoOur biggest success was in the Sarpy County People’s Choice Awards, however. Hillcrest won in eight categories again this year:

Best Senior Care Services – Hillcrest Health Services

Best Employer (over 50 employees) – Hillcrest Health Services

Best Assisted Living Community – Hillcrest Mable Rose

Best Retirement Community – Hillcrest Country Estates

Best Long Term Care/Nursing Home – Hillcrest Country Estates’ Cottages

Best Home Health Provider – Hillcrest Home Care

Best Physical Therapy – Hillcrest Physical Therapy

Best Massage Therapy – Hillcrest Physical Therapy

Congratulations to all of the service lines recognized!

Hillcrest Country Estates Team Member Receives Social Service Designee Scholarship

On April 27, Andrea Friend, Cottage Guide at Andrea-scholarship2Hillcrest Country Estates in Bellevue, received the 2016 Social Service Designee Scholarship from the Nebraska Health Care Foundation (NHCF). The scholarship was presented to Friend at the association’s Spring Convention in Kearney, Neb.

“It has been wonderful to watch Andrea grow in her work with our elders, from elder assistant to cottage guide, and I am so proud to see her take her commitment to aging adults to the next level with this scholarship,” said Cindy Klein, administrator at Hillcrest Country Estates.

“Nebraska is filled with people like Andrea who are providing quality care to nursing facility and assisted living community residents every day. It is our pleasure to reward Andrea in this way,” said Heath Boddy, President and CEO of NHCF.

NHCF was established in 1987 to help ensure there are an adequate number of trained professionals to care for residents of the state’s nursing facilities and assisted living communities. Each year, NHCF awards more than 35 scholarships. For more information, please visit nehca.org.