Hillcrest Health Vaccination Rates Exceed National Average, at 96% by Mid-February

Hillcrest Health Services (www.hillcresthealth.com) is reporting exceptionally high COVID vaccination rates for residents and team members, achieving vaccinations for 96% of their almost 700 independent, assisted-living, and skilled nursing residents across eight facilities by mid-February. In addition, more than 80% of the system’s 1,500 team members were vaccinated on the same timeline—more than double the 38% average for staff, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control on February 5. In the second week of February alone, more than 1,400 vaccinations were given in clinics hosted by Walgreens and RelyCare. A third round of clinics were underway by the third week of the month to begin providing second doses to team members and first rounds to new employees and residents.

“Our team members understand the importance of getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Anthony Hatcher, the system’s full-time Chief Medical Officer, who has led Hillcrest’s fight against COVID-19. “We have provided extensive education and even one-on-one information sessions about the safety and efficacy of the two vaccines. But more importantly, we have stressed the opportunity we have to enable our residents to see their loved ones again, and that has had a dramatic impact on our teams.”

Hillcrest Health Services offers the Omaha/Lincoln region’s largest continuum of health services for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, memory support, adult day services, certified skilled home health and in-home personal care, telehealth services, and hospice care. Hillcrest currently serves nearly 1,400 aging adults daily across 12 counties in Nebraska and Iowa. For more information, visit www.hillcresthealth.com.