The Doctor Is In… the CEO Office

Hillcrest Names CMO Dr. Anthony Hatcher New Chief Executive Officer

Hillcrest Health Services has always taken a progressive and innovative approach to health care. In 2017, Hillcrest hired Dr. Anthony Hatcher as a full-time chief medical officer to focus on quality care improvement, clinical systems development and new payor-model preparation. Little did Hillcrest know that a pandemic would soon impact health care delivery like nothing else in history; but fortunately, having a front-line medical expert on hand to lead the organization through the struggles of COVID-19 proved to be the wisest decision the regional health care provider could have made.

The Hillcrest executive team recently announced Dr. Hatcher as chief executive officer. Anthony Hatcher, DO, is a board-certified family physician who received a Bachelor of Science from Truman State University, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Hatcher completed his family medicine residency at Creighton University and served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon stationed at Offutt AFB. Prior to joining Hillcrest in 2017 as chief medical officer, 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 are extremely pleased to announce this promotion,” said Jim Janicki, Hillcrest’s chief administrative officer. “Dr. Hatcher is highly respected in the local medical community and among post-acute care providers, and our team members have been looking to him for his leadership and support for the past six years. This just feels right. We’re excited for Hillcrest’s continued growth and innovation with Tony at the helm.”

In addition to his CEO role, Dr. Hatcher will continue to serve as the health system’s chief medical officer, providing oversight on clinical operations, physician and hospital partnerships, quality assurance initiatives and system-wide clinical education.

Hillcrest Health Services is a locally owned and operated health system serving more than 2,000 aging adults every day across 12 counties in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Hillcrest provides active adult and independent living communities; assisted living and memory care residences; post-acute and long-term care facilities; adult day services; home and community services including skilled medical home health, private duty companion care and compassionate hospice services; two outpatient therapy clinics (Innovate Physical Therapy) and contracted therapy services in other local care facilities. Hillcrest employs nearly 1,400 team members. For more information visit