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 Hospice Care Re-Accredited by National Organization

ACHC Accredited - Hillcrest Hospice CareThe Accreditation Commission for Health Care has re-accredited Hillcrest Hospice for another 3 years after a 3-day on-site survey. Hillcrest Hospice has maintained ACHC accreditation since 2011. ACHC is a national organization developed by homecare and alternate-site healthcare industry providers. Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

​“This is another way to reaffirm our commitment to excellence and enhancing the lives of aging adults,” Reggie Ripple, Vice President of Home & Community Services said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our service by a national organization.”

ACHC is an independent, private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1986. ACHC has gained respect and recognition as an accrediting organization uniquely committed to health care providers. They have adopted a participatory approach to standards development that actively solicits the input of those most knowledgeable about current approaches to care. The result is a set of practical standards that promotes quality services and ensures optimum care for the patient. The entire accreditation process is a collaborative, educational, and genuinely patient-focused approach.

“BOOB Girls” author, Joy Johnson, one of Grief Symposium speakers

Joy Johnson - "BOOB Girls" author & Grief Symposium speakerPopular “BOOB Girls” author, Joy Johnson, is one of the key presenters at the Grief Symposium, a free event open to the public on Saturday, October 1 at Bellevue University’s Criss Auditorium. Johnson joins Jea Theis, LIMHP, LCSW and Dr. Anna Fisher to educate professionals and the public about what grief really is, so they may better help themselves and help others who are grieving.

Joy Johnson has written or edited over 100 books on grief, many for children, including a book for parents and caregivers – “Keys to Teaching Children about Death and Grief.” Her long-running comedy-mystery series, “BOOB Girls: The Burned Out Old Broads at Table 12” features four retired widows in a retirement community in Omaha. The first book is being adapted as a musical to premiere in Omaha.

Understanding Grief

“We are very excited to have such a wonderful trio of presenters, especially Joy Johnson, sharing their humor and knowledge,” said Valerie Height, Bereavement Coordinator of Hillcrest Hospice. “Grief is often overlooked in society. Many people never learned how to grieve or how to recognize that they are grieving. Yet all of us will grieve at one point in our life, whether it is due to the loss of someone or something, or a major change in our lives.”

During the symposium, participants will learn the language of grief and how it is expressed, develop insight into grief issues and gain an understanding of how to care for themselves or others who are grieving.

“This is a great opportunity for people who are experiencing or anticipating a loss to begin to understand grief and navigate their healing journey,” Height added. “In addition, professionals will be able to gain education on caring for others who are grieving while taking care of themselves.”

Please RSVP by September 26 for this event by clicking here.