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.

Hillcrest Health Services proudly raises nearly $14,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association

As this year’s presenting sponsor, Hillcrest Health Services recently assisted the Alzheimer’s Association in exceeding its fundraising goal for the Sarpy County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, bringing in nearly $14,000 of the $61,000 raised, making Hillcrest the top fundraising team.

Hillcrest raised these funds through a number of donations, raffles and fundraisers, including bake sales, dunk tanks, penny wars, and even an event to shave a Hillcrest executive’s hair, prior to the August 26 event.

Leading the fundraising efforts was Laura Mayer, Dementia Care Specialist at Hillcrest Health Services, and a committee of team members, representing all of Hillcrest’s communities. Mayer works alongside Hillcrest’s nationally-renowned dementia expert Dr. Anna Fisher, Director of Education and Quality at Hillcrest Health Services, who, in addition to Mayer, spoke at this year’s Sarpy Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead the Hillcrest organization in our fundraising efforts for the Sarpy County Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Mayer said to the crowd at the walk. “I hope that for as long as it takes we continue to stand together and walk for a future with a cure for Alzheimer’s.”

Each day, Hillcrest Health Services serves nearly 1,200 aging adults, and many of these individuals are experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s or other dementia disorders. This is why Hillcrest helped lead efforts to start the Sarpy County Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2014.

Though the 2017 Sarpy Walk to End Alzheimer’s has come to end, Hillcrest’s fundraising efforts have not stopped. This Saturday, representatives from Hillcrest, led by team captain Kari McElderry, will be walking in the Council Bluffs Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park. The goal is to raise another $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.