The 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 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
Grace Knott, PT, GCS, Hillcrest Health Services’ Rehab Administrator, was the recipient of one of the highest honors in the physical therapy field, the Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award.
The award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the advancement of physical therapy, was presented at the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association’s (NPTA) annual conference in October and is the highest award given by the association.
“Grace’s contribution and dedication to the physical therapy profession is unmatched,” said Tim Irwin, Vice President of Facility Operations. “It’s a well-deserved honor, and we are so proud of her accomplishments.”
Knott has received many accolades over her 37-year career as a physical therapist and has been recognized for her leadership and service to the aging community. In collaboration with Creighton University, Knott was instrumental in developing the first nationally accredited geriatric clinical residency program in Nebraska, now in its third year.
In her quest to advocate for the aging adult, she serves on the advisory board for the non-profit organization, Tai Chi for Balance Program and leads an annual Fall Prevention Awareness program. Knott is also active on NPTA’s legislative committee and will serve as a delegate to the APTA’s House of Delegates.