History and Philosophy

Providing quality care for aging adults in Eastern Nebraska since 1967

History and Philosophy

Providing quality care for aging adults in Eastern Nebraska since 1967

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History & Philosophy

Hillcrest Care Center (now Hillcrest Health & Rehab) opened in 1967 and was acquired by Jolene Roberts in 1989 as the first of many Hillcrest communities. Her vision was to go beyond one nursing facility and create a full continuum of health services for aging adults, providing a seamless transition among all services an aging adult might need, without compromising continuity of care. This innovative concept allowed Hillcrest Health Services to become one largest continuum of services for aging adults in Nebraska, offering some of the most progressive services and the highest quality of care.

Today, Ms. Roberts serves as President of Hillcrest Health Services, which employs more than 1,500 team members who work to enhance the lives of more than 1,700 aging adults every day. The Hillcrest Health Services Executive Team is leading the organization toward becoming a national leader in aging services including skilled nursing, post-acute rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, independent living, hospice, assisted living, memory support, home care, in-home personal care and telemedicine.

The History of Hillcrest

  • 1989

    Hillcrest 1989 Jolene Mathison-Roberts founded Hillcrest Health Services and acquired Hillcrest Care Center, now Hillcrest Health & Rehab

  • 1997

    Mable Rose 1997 Ms. Roberts led the construction and development of Mable Rose Estates, now Hillcrest Mable Rose, an assisted living and memory support residence on Hilltop Drive in Bellevue, close to the Papillion border. The residence also offers Sarpy County’s only adult day services program, The Club, on weekdays.

  • 2001

    Victoria Gardens 2001 Hillcrest Victoria Gardens opened as an assisted living residence adjacent to Hillcrest Health & Rehab, but eventually was converted to a secure memory support residence to meet the growing demand of the memory-impaired population in Bellevue. It was then converted to the long-term care neighborhood of Hillcrest Health & Rehab Magnolia in 2016. Today, a maximum of 32 residents with Alzheimer’s or other dementia conditions enjoy the safety and tight-knit camaraderie of two secure, loving households.

  • 2006

    Hospice Care 2006 Hillcrest began the development of Home Care and Hospice. In 2007, Hillcrest Home Care became CMS-certified as a skilled home health provider, meeting the short-term needs of homebound adults who are recovering from illness, surgery or a stay in a hospital or post-acute facility. Later, Hillcrest Home Care added in-home personal care services to meet the care and companionship needs of aging adults at home.

  • 2008

    Country Estates 2008 Hillcrest Country Estates opened in Papillion, featuring some of the nation’s first freestanding nursing cottages. The “culture change” philosophy first taught by the Pioneer Network in the mid 1990’s had been refined and adapted by the Hillcrest team to provide true resident-directed care in 8 private houses, each hosting up to 13 elders. The Cottages, which earned a 5-star rating by CMS in 2012, serve as the gold standard for high-quality nursing care in the Midwest.

    The first Signature Villas were opened in 2009, featuring beautiful single family and duplex homes for those 55 and better. Currently 31 Villas surround a beautiful fish-stocked pond with a fountain and a picturesque 20-foot waterfall. A limited number of lots still remain for new construction.

  • 2010

    Hillcrest Hospice Care was certified and introduced as a compassionate, innovative leader in end-of-life support services for eastern Nebraska.

  • 2012

    Hillcrest Health & Rehab 2012 Hillcrest Health & Rehab (HHR) became the region’s only dedicated post-hospital rehab facility, dedicated to serving up to 114 short-term guests who are recovering from illness, injury or surgery. Since 2016, Hillcrest Health & Rehab Magnolia offers long-term care services in a separate, dedicated neighborhood, while five neighborhoods remain exclusively post-acute. Renovations at Hillcrest Health & Rehab introduced the 1702 Bistro and the first made-to-order dining program in the region.

  • Until 2012

    Hillcrest Physical Therapy (HPT) 2012 Hillcrest Physical Therapy (HPT)- the region’s only outpatient therapy clinic focused on aging adults – had operated within Hillcrest Health & Rehab’s 10,000 square foot therapy gym. With HHR becoming full dedicated to rehab guests, and the continued growth of HPT, Hillcrest recognized the opportunity to move outpatient therapy to a dedicated building across the parking lot from HHR. In 2012, HPT re-opened at 1804 Hillcrest Drive, offering patients a dedicated 5,000-square foot gym with new equipment, a walking track, private massage room and one of the region’s only hand-therapy suites.

  • In 2013

    2013 Construction began on the Grand Lodge Construction began on the Grand Lodge at Hillcrest Country Estates (HCE), which features 102 independent living apartments, 30 assisted living and 30 memory support apartment, plus an indoor saltwater pool and hot tub, fitness center, restaurant, bistro, pub, cinema, performing arts center, hobby and woodworking shops, library and day spa. The Grand Lodge opened in 2015 at the corner of 60th Street and Highway 370 in Papillion, just one mile from Shadow Lake Towne Center.

  • In 2013

    President and CEO, Jolene Roberts, was inducted into the Sarpy County Business Hall of Fame.

  • In 2014

    Construction on The Grand Lodge continues. The Rehab Cottage is under construction. Construction on The Grand Lodge at Hillcrest Country Estates continues and has more than 75% of the independent apartments reserved with an expected opening date in spring 2015.

    Another addition to Hillcrest Country Estates, The Rehab Cottage, is under construction and scheduled to open in summer 2015. The Rehab Cottage will offer 22 accommodations for short-term, post-acute care in a household setting.

  • In 2014

    Hillcrest Health Services was named Business of the Year, 26+ Employees, by the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce.

  • In 2015

    BBB Integrity Award Hillcrest Health Services received the BBB Integrity Award. Hillcrest Home Care also expanded to Dodge County, serving the greater Fremont area and bringing the number to nine counties served.

  • In July 2015

    Rehab Cottage opened The Rehab Cottage opened. In December of 2015, the Grand Lodge officially opened and full occupancy in independent living would be reached in just seven months.

  • In 2016

    Huntington Park Care Center Huntington Park Care Center joined the Hillcrest family of services, renamed as Hillcrest Shadow Lake. Also in 2016, Hillcrest Hospice Care eclipsed the 100 patient mark, becoming the largest provider of hospice services in the area.

  • In 2016

    Hillcrest Health Services also announced the planned construction of Hillcrest Firethorn in Lincoln and Hillcrest Millard in Omaha. Both facilities will be solely focused on transitional care, also known as post-acute rehab.

  • In October 2016

    Ms. Roberts was named Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year.

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