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 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.

Hillcrest’s Dr. Anna Fisher Appointed to Bellevue Public Schools Foundation

Dr. Anna Fisher, Director of Education and Quality, was recently elected to serve as a board member of the Bellevue Public Schools Foundation for the 2017-2021 term.

“As longtime supporters of Bellevue Public Schools and the fourth largest employer in Bellevue, Hillcrest Health Services is honored to have our own Dr. Anna Fisher serve on the schools foundation board,” said Jim Janicki, a Hillcrest Vice President. “Dr. Anna has been committed to enhancing every aspect of life in Bellevue for many years, including her service to the local schools, Bellevue University, the Chamber, support groups for seniors and caregivers and many more activities.”

A certified dementia practitioner, Dr. Fisher is the president of the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives and is a subject matter expert in quality and nursing services education. An adjunct professor at Bellevue University, Dr. Fisher teaches in the Masters Health Administration program and was awarded the prestigious Maenner Award for Professorship in 2012. She is also co-producer of the award winning NET television series “Now What?” focusing on elder care and dementia.