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.

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.


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!

Rehab Administrator Receives Top Physical Therapy Honor

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 Grace Knott_AwardAward.

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.