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!

Hillcrest Health Services VP of Rehab Chosen as One of MBJ’s 40 Under 40

matt-oestmann-2016The Midlands Business Journal selected Matt Oestmann, Vice President of Rehab and Post-Acute Services, as one of their 40 Under 40 this year. Matt has been a driving force behind Hillcrest Health services, especially Hillcrest Home Care’s growth from a handful of team members to around 70 dedicated professionals. This growth represents a greater impact on the metro community as it serves thousands of aging adults, helping seniors maintain independence in their homes.

Oestmann is also responsible for Hillcrest’s inpatient and outpatient therapy services, overseeing one of the metro’s largest therapy teams. At approximately 100 rehab professionals, Oestmann’s team provides geriatric rehabilitation across its continuum.

Under Oestmann’s charge, Hillcrest Home Care went from serving a dozen patients on average each day in Sarpy County to serving 300-plus seniors across nine counties, making it one of Eastern Nebraska’s largest home care agencies. During Oestmann’s almost seven years of leadership at Hillcrest, the organization has become Bellevue’s fourth largest employer and one of the 10 largest employers in Sarpy.

Oestmann earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Dan College before going on to receive his Master of Physical Therapy and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UNMC. Before joining Hillcrest in 2007, his experience spanned an outpatient orthopedic clinic and community hospital in Iowa. Oestmann was promoted to director of therapy services in late 2007 and administrator of home care in 2011 before moving in 2016 to the executive team, as both a vice president and company shareholder.

Hillcrest Health Services Honors Volunteers of the Year

Hillcrest Health Services celebrated its volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on April 14. More than 100 volunteers, ranging in age from 6 to 88, attended and celebrated completing over 8,900 hours of volunteer work for Hillcrest in 2015. In addition to a dinner, the volunteers who have given so selflessly of their time and energy were also treated to a performance by Project 424, Bellevue West’s acapella group.

This year’s awards also included youth volunteers of the year for three of our service lines. Congratulations to the 2015 Adult and Youth Volunteers of the Year:

Lindsey Bartman (youth), Hillcrest Country Estates
Ron and Judy Colby, Hillcrest Country Estates

Pastor George Doyle, The Grand Lodge at Hillcrest Country Estates

Kelly Speltz (youth), Hillcrest Health & Rehab (not pictured)
Doris Adams, Hillcrest Health & Rehab

Yvette King, Hillcrest Mable Rose (not pictured)
Maddie DeMeo (youth), Hillcrest Mable Rose

Kathy Taylor, Hillcrest Hospice Care