Hillcrest to host Pancakes for Parkinson’s

Get ready to catch a flying pancake! Hillcrest Health Services is hosting a pancake benefit for Parkinson’s Nebraska at Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge on Friday, March 9. From 7 to 10 a.m., the Pancake Man will be entertaining guests and serving up cakes of buttery goodness for a freewill donation.

All proceeds from the benefit will go to Parkinson’s Nebraska, a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to helping those in Nebraska and surrounding areas who are affected by Parkinson’s disease. Donations to the organization are used to educate communities and caregivers through access to resources and information.

“Parkinson’s Nebraska is in awe of Hillcrest Health Services’ attention to detail and commitment to its residents, patients and the local Parkinson’s community,” said Ted Wuebben, Chair of the Parkinson’s Nebraska Board. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Hillcrest Health Services for the second annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Nebraska strives to be Nebraska’s number one resource for local Parkinson’s disease information, educational programs, exercise classes and support. We are committed to the local community, and all of the dollars raised stay right here to fund LOCAL Parkinson’s services.”

Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge is located at 6021 Grand Lodge Ave in Papillion.

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.