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Hillcrest Nursing Home

News from Hillcrest Nursing Home.

Hillcrest names new director of nursing (03/28/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A new director of nursing has been hired at Hillcrest Nursing Home. The Hillcrest Board of Trustees met Rebecca "Becky" Tate, of Decatur County, at its regular board meeting Tuesday. Tate has been hired as the director of nursing and started Tuesday, said Colinda Nappa, Hillcrest administrator. Tate recently was the director of nursing in Hoxie, Kansas...
Hillcrest votes to change hours of full-time employees (02/28/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Board of Trustees voted to change the number of hours that define a full-time employee, in response to the Affordable Care Act. The board changed the definition of full-time employees from 38 hours per week to 30 at its regular meeting Tuesday, to match the guidelines set forth in the Affordable Care Act, said Hillcrest administrator, Colinda Nappa...
A Valentine's Day kiss (02/14/14)
Colinda Nappa, the administrator of Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Nebraska, plants a smooch on the snoot of a piglet, borrowed from Jerry Kircher, fulfilling a promise she made to staff and residents. Nappa promised to kiss a pig if when the home reached a capacity 100 residents and 10 residents in the assisted living unit. "I'm kissing a pig at 11 a.m., and eating a BLT for lunch," Colinda laughed...
Nursing home struggles with Obamacare (02/03/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- After mulling over how the Affordable Care Act will affect insurance costs to the facility, Hillcrest Nursing Home Board of Trustees unanimously voted Jan. 28 to shop around for additonal coverage options. Board vice president Randy Dean outlined potential dilemmas in the mandates under the Affordable Care Act that could affect Hillcrest, including the definition of full time employees as those who work 30 hours and above.This differs from Hillcrest's classification of full time employees, at 38 hours a week.. ...
Nursing home full, with waiting list (01/29/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- As of Tuesday, Hillcrest Nursing Home is at total capacity with 100 residents and between 10 to 12 on a waiting list. The county-owned nursing home seems to have turned a corner from the precarious financial situation it found itself in in July 2012, when it received a $1 million loan from Red Willow County to cover expenses...
Hillcrest finds $230,000 in unpaid accounts (01/29/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- As of Tuesday, Hillcrest Nursing Home is at total capacity with 100 residents and between 10 to 12 on a waiting list. The county-owned nursing home seems to have turned a corner from the precarious financial situation it found itself in in July 2012, when it received a $1 million loan from Red Willow County to cover expenses...
Nursing home hikes room rates (11/27/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Board of Trustees voted unanimously to raise rates at Hillcrest Nursing home, citing the need to raise revenue and with current rates lower than other facilities. The $6 rate increase on rooms will begin Jan. 1 and include the elimination of charging for wheelchairs and the inclusion of charging for incontinence supplies. Personal care items such as combs, toothbrushes and other non-nursing supplies will be supplied by the facility...
Hillcrest Nursing Home auditor: Monitoring cash flow critical (11/27/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home Board of Trustees were told to keep an eye on cash flow and operations for the upcoming year, citing more than $3 million in long-term debt. Doug Kucera, CPA, of Schroeder and Schreiner PC accounting firm in Grand Island, told the board Tuesday at its regular meeting that "receivables are in bad shape" and that it's critical that it is monitored monthly...
Hillcrest preparing for veterans (10/30/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Since being approved as a contracted nursing home by the Veteran's Administration, Hillcrest Nursing Home is already fielding calls about it from families. But vets must go through their local VA representative before they can come to Hillcrest, said Hillcrest Administrator Colinda Nappa on Tuesday...
'Night on the Hill' brings in more than $15,000 (10/24/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home Foundation celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Hillcrest Nursing Home at the recent annual "Night On The Hill" event. Guests were entertained by Nashville recording artist, Cindy Boehler of Alma, Nebraska, who was sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Linda Maiden Agency. Abby Soncksen, daughter of Mike and Lynn Soncksen and a ninth grade student at Hayes Center Public Schools, opened the evening playing background music on the piano...
Hillcrest OKd for VA residents (10/22/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- As of Monday, Oct. 21, Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Nebraska, is a contracted nursing facility for the U.S. Veterans Administration. This certification has been more than a year in coming, according to Hillcrest administrator Colinda Nappa...
'Night on the Hill' set Sunday benefits Hillcrest Nursing Home Foundation (10/08/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home Foundation's 11th Annual "Night On The Hill" fundraising event is set Sunday at the nursing home, 309 West 7th Street. Funds raised through this special event will be used for "Hillcrest Homegrown" Scholarships to assist individuals with their careers at Hillcrest. The most recent scholarship recipient, Rebecca Holst, will be the featured speaker for the program which will begin at 7:30 p.m...
Nursing home considering web psychiatry (09/25/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Providing psychiatric care for geriatric patients can be difficult to do in rural areas, when the nearest psychiatrist can be more than 100 miles away. That's where the Internet and webcams can make a huge difference. Hillcrest Nursing Home administrator Colina Nappa told the Board of Trustees at the regular meeting Tuesday morning of the opportunity of using telepsychiatry at the facility, where psychiatrists can communication and assess patients through video conferencing.. ...
Hillcrest shows positive cash flow for month (08/28/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home will end August with a positive cash flow. According to the financial records released at the regular Board of Trustee meeting Tuesday, total cash on hand is $578,704.92. The majority of that, $442,499.15, is in the sinking fund and used for annual payments back to Red Willow County on the $1 million loan Hillcrest borrowed in 2012. The first payment of $222,000 is due in September...
Hillcrest correcting deficiencies in state survey (08/28/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The annual state survey of Hillcrest Nursing Home turned up a total of 15 "no harm involved" deficiencies, according to a Hillcrest administrator. Colinda Nappa, Hillcrest administrator, told the Board of Trustees Tuesday morning at the regular meeting that almost all of the citations concerned paperwork, such as missing documentation and wrong wording. All of the citations were defined as "no actual harm" involved...
Nursing home hopes to use grant, golf tourney funds for bus (07/31/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home is waiting to hear on the status of a grant that was submitted that will help pay for a bus for residents. The bus, estimated at $55,000, will transport more residents than the van currently used and also allow the facility to transport obese residents. The new bus will be able to transport 5 to 7 ambulatory patients and two wheelchairs...
Room rates steady, but new fees to be collected at Hillcrest (07/31/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Hillcrest Nursing Home 2014 preliminary budget proposes no room rate increases for next year, but instead will institute a fee for items that have been supplied free of charge. Colina Nappa, Hillcrest Administrator, presented the preliminary budget to the Hillcrest Board of Trustees Tuesday and explained that no room rate increases were included. ...
Nursing home awaiting word on VA approval (07/31/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- It's now just a waiting game to see if Hillcrest Nursing Home is approved by the Veteran's Administration to provide services. The Hillcrest Board of Trustees heard an update about the VA contract from Hillcrest Administrator Colinda Nappa Tuesday morning at the regular meeting. Nappa told them that all the paperwork has been submitted and she is waiting for notification...
Grant writer OKd for Hillcrest Nursing Home (06/27/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home is moving forward in obtaining funds to purchase a bus. Hillcrest was approved by the locally-funded REWARDS grant committee, Colinda Nappa, Hillcrest administrator, told the board at the regular Board of Trustee meeting Tuesday. A grant writer from the committee will be writing an application for a grant from the Department of Education, to purchase a bus estimated to cost about$55,000...
Hillcrest financials improved over year ago (06/26/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home appears to be in better financial shape than a year ago. To help with cash flow problems, in July 2012, Red Willow County Commissioners authorized a $1 million bank loan to Hillcrest, from McCook National Bank for five years at an interest rate of 3.55 percent. The nursing home will make annual payments to pay back the loan. The nursing home is owned by the county but is operated on its own revenue...
Hillcrest studies new software for charting (06/24/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Hillcrest Board of Trustees will discuss the new software that will be used for electronic charting, at the regular meeting Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. at the lower conference room at Hillcrest. Hillcrest administrator Colinda Nappa will also display one of the new computers that staff will use at the facility for electronic charting. A total of 14 computers will be purchased...
Hillcrest wish list: A bus (05/29/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Officials from Hillcrest Nursing Home will begin the process of securing a grant to buy a bus. The bus would help transport larger residents, with the van lift currently used not very suitable, said Colinda Nappa, Hillcrest Administrator, at the Board of Trustee meeting Tuesday...
State clears nursing home of complaint (05/29/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A complaint filed against Hillcrest Nursing Home was determined by the state to be unfounded. The complaint alleged that Hillcrest did not follow a care plan, prevent bed sores and that toilet practices were not performed. State officials monitored staff for two days last week, said Colinda Nappa, Hillcrest Administrator, at the Board of Trustee meeting Tuesday. ...
Hillcrest closer to being approved by VA (05/29/13)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- If Hillcrest is approved by the Veteran's Administration, it will save veterans a 300-mile round trip to Grand Island. Hillcrest's tax information and vendor ID has been sent in, confirmed Hillcrest administrator, Colinda Nappa, at the Hillcrest Board of Trustee meeting Tuesday. Now, it is just a waiting game to be officially approved...
Nursing home ready to make first payment (05/29/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- According to the Hillcrest Nursing Home May financial report, the facility has funds in its budget - and then some - to make its first payment on the $1 million loan it borrowed last year. Total cash on hand for May 2013 at Hillcrest stands at 689,554.38, according to the cash flow report Colinda Nappa, Hillcrest Administrator, gave to Hillcrest Board of Trustees at the regular meeting Tuesday morning. Included in that amount is $392,284.36 as a payment for the loan...
Hillcrest board will hear update on VA contract (05/24/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- An update on the progress of Hillcrest being verified to offer services for veterans will be discussed by the Hillcrest Board of Trustees today, 10 a.m. at the lower level conference room at Hillcrest Nursing Home. If designated, veterans in the area who meet certain criteria would not have to travel out of area but receive services at Hillcrest...
Nursing home foundation funds remain separate (05/01/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Board of Trustees voted unanimously to keep the Hillcrest Foundation expenses separate from the nursing home. Currently, the policy is that salary and benefits of the foundation director are paid by Hillcrest, then reimbursed by the foundation...
Hillcrest expects major impact from Obamacare (05/01/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Affordable Healthcare Act will have major financial ramifications for Hillcrest Nursing Home. Randy Dean, a Board of Trustee member and vice president of the board, updated members Tuesday at the regular meeting what kind of expenses Hillcrest could have when the mandated healthcare act goes into effect in 2014...
Hillcrest residents can use local pharmacies again (04/30/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Residents at Hillcrest Nursing Home will no longer be required to use a single pharmacy that contracts with Hillcrest. Colinda Nappa, Hillcrest administrator, told the board of trustees at its regular meeting Tuesday morning that federal regulations give nursing home residents the right to choose their own pharmacy...
Hillcrest may revisit use of local pharmacies (02/27/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Using local pharmacies at Hillcrest instead of an out-of-town company may be revisited. In April 2010, Hillcrest switched from using local pharmacies for medications to Heartland Pharmacy Care Inc. in Omaha. Hillcrest Administrator Colinda Nappa told the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Tuesday morning that one family has asked to use a local pharmacy and that she has been contacted recently by two local pharmacies...
Nursing home revenue climbs (02/27/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home has increased its revenue compared to last year this time. Administrator Colinda Nappa told the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Tuesday morning that the facility increased its revenue by $46,000. In January 2012, $500,000 was recorded in revenue, with $546,000 recorded in January 2013...
Hillcrest sorting out financials (01/24/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The good news is that Hillcrest Nursing Home garnered $60,000 more revenue for December 2012 than the same time last year. The bad news is that some invoices and operating expenses in the financial program used at the county-owned nursing home do not add up, according to Hillcrest administrator Colinda Nappa...
Hillcrest receives VA approval (11/20/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Nebraska, has been approved by the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs as a VA-contracted facility. What that means, Hillcrest administrator Colinda Nappa told Red Willow County commissioners Monday morning, is that the VA will pay for veterans' care at Hillcrest, and that veterans will be allowed to keep their Social Security and retirement benefits...
Hillcrest paperless by 2014 (10/31/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Pens and papers will be eased out, as Hillcrest Nursing Home begins to phase in electronic charting. Electronic charting has been mandated by the government to be in place at nursing homes by 2014. When completely implemented, about 90 percent of charting will be done electronically, said Colinda Nappa, Hillcrest administrator...
Bed licenses not quite a done deal (10/31/12)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home could garner $250,000, if certain conditions are met according to a proposed purchase agreement. Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood met with Hillcrest Board of Trustees at their regular meeting Tuesday morning and outlined the details in an agreement concerning Hillcrest selling 20 bed licenses to a company in Omaha, MNF, that is based out of Delaware...
Nursing home board sees progress, worries about rumors, bad press (07/25/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Board of Trustees members commended nursing home staff for pulling together in what has become a stressful time for everyone involved in the county owned nursing home. During a regularly scheduled meeting, Tuesday evening, board members also expressed frustration with recent news reports and rumors that had some staff members unnecessarily questioning their job security and worried that paychecks might not be received...
County covers Hillcrest payroll (07/24/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County Commissioners transferred $139,000 to Hillcrest Nursing Home to cover the home's payroll expenses. The action was approved at a special meeting this morning, called because the claim was not received in time for the board's regular meeting Monday...
County rides to rescue of nursing home (07/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County, Nebraska, commissioners Monday morning authorized a $1 million bank loan to save the county-owned nursing home from financial woes that could threaten to close its doors. Commissioners declared the financial situation at Hillcrest Nursing Home an "emergency," legally allowing the county to borrow money to make sure that obligations of the facility are paid, and that 82 residents won't have to make other living arrangements...
Hillcrest needs $1.1 million loan (06/26/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hillcrest Nursing Home officials may need to ask Red Willow County commissioners to take out a $1.1 million loan to help rectify a cash flow problem. Nursing home interim administrator Jerry Rothmeyer and board member Randy Dean told commissioners last week that the facility's cash flow problems started when a billing clerk's employment was terminated in February, and three months of Medicare and Medicaid claims that she would have filed for payment were not. ...
Hillcrest cash flow problem on county agenda Monday (06/22/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- County Attorney Paul Wood will address county commissioners at 11:30 a.m. regarding finances for Hillcrest Nursing Home. The county was recently asked to transfer inheritance tax funds to the county-owned home to cover shortages created when Medicare and Medicaid services were not billed, or incorrectly billed...
County agrees to cover Hillcrest cash-flow problem (06/19/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County, Nebraska, commissioners will offer the county-owned nursing home a "parachute" if a cash flow problem becomes critical. Commissioners agreed during their regular weekly meeting Monday to authorize the transfer of up to $300,000 from the county's inheritance tax fund to Hillcrest Nursing Home's operations budget, if it becomes necessary...
Hillcrest receives $30,000 bequest (03/28/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A life-long McCook citizen who played the piano at Hillcrest Nursing Home for more than 20 years has bequeathed $30,000 to the facility. Veldron Hall, who passed away in 2010, played "Happy Birthday" and other traditional songs at the monthly birthday parties, said Peggy Rogers, Hillcrest Nursing Home Administrator...
Hillcrest approves payments (01/25/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska --The upgrade and renovation project underway at Hillcrest Nursing Home is progressing, with Board of Trustees approving more than $300,000 in recent construction costs. The $2.7 million project includes energy efficiency upgrades and interior and exterior renovations...
Hillcrest project advances (11/23/11)
McCOOK,Nebraska -- The Hillcrest Board of Trustees unanimously approved paying four bills totaling more than $200,000, for the renovation/upgrade project under way at the facility. The project is estimated to cost $2.7 million when completed. Approved Tuesday morning at the regular board meeting were a total of four bills, two for RaDec Construction of Hartington, Nebraska and two for Prochaska Professional Services, of Omaha, for a total of $208,355.46...
Hillcrest trustees OK bid package (10/03/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Hillcrest Nursing Home Board of Trustees recommended on Friday to approve a bid package worth $587,843, part of the $2.7 million upgrade/renovation project scheduled for the facility. The trustees also recommended raising rates by $2 per day and increasing some of the ancillary charges...
Hillcrest board picks contractors for project (08/29/11)
MCCOOK, Nebraska -- The Hillcrest Nursing Home Board of Trustees moved forward Friday on its $3.2 million upgrade project, at a special meeting Friday. The project, which was approved by the board in November, will upgrade energy needs and improve/add facilities. It includes renovation in one wing, a new ambulance garage and energy efficient improvements on heating and cooling systems...