Congratulations to director of nursing of the year Ellen Lamkey

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Ellen Lamkey, director of nursing at Hillcrest Healthcare’s Island Home community, has been named director of nursing of the year by the Tennessee Directors of Nursing Association (TDONA), an affiliate organization of Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA). “Ellen is passionate about her job, managing with skill and grace and creating an environment of quality, compassionate care for the patients and ...
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Summer fun at Hillcrest Healthcare communities

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We tip our hats to the creative activity directors and associates at Hillcrest Healthcare’s three Knoxville communities for finding and hosting fun summer activities for our patients and residents! We know that connection and engagement improve well-being, so we offer an array of enjoyable activities that promote interaction both among patients and with the staff. Have you ever wished there ...
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Top 5 things to look for when choosing a long-term care facility

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There are so many decisions to make and options to consider when choosing a long-term care facility for your loved one. We have compiled a list of the top five things you and your family should consider. Of course, this list is not exhaustive but can serve as a launchpad to guide your research. Location Amenities and services Engagement Caregivers ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare’s partnership with South College offers career advancement for employees

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Hillcrest Healthcare, which operates three skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term care communities in Knoxville, has partnered with South College to offer tuition reimbursement for employees and their dependents who are interested in pursuing a degree in healthcare. Funded by Hillcrest Healthcare and a generous institutional grant provided by South College, the reimbursement covers the cost of tuition for the licensed ...
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Save the date: Second Annual Knox Rox Benefit Concert set for Sept. 10

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The inaugural Knox Rox Benefit Concert was so successful last year that the next one is on the books! The Second Annual Knox Rox Benefit Concert will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. The event is an outdoor concert to support the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging and the Hillcrest Healthcare Foundation. There will be live music ...
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Guest blogger Josh Crisp: When did you lose your purpose?

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At Hillcrest Healthcare, we are so thankful to work with partners and community leaders who are compassionate, creative and dedicated to providing quality healthcare and senior care to our region. Their insight is invaluable. Today, Josh Crisp, founder and CEO of Solinity, poses an interesting question. When did you lose your purpose? It’s an interesting question. It might have even ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare – a place for all

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We say it a lot, at Hillcrest Healthcare, Everyone Matters. Part of that mission includes serving the underserved and providing abundant resources to help families find ways to get their loved ones the care that they need. April is Medicaid Awareness Month, which is a good time to acknowledge how we work with patients covered by Medicaid in all three ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare’s eggcellent Easter

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Easter is an important time at the three Hillcrest Healthcare communities. It comes with the hope of spring and new life and is a great way to get patients, families and associates to enjoy some good old-fashioned Easter fun. We know that connection, interaction and engagement improve the well-being of our residents, so we invest time and resources into creating ...
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Laundry: A never-ending story

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As the largest provider of skilled nursing care in Knoxville, Hillcrest Healthcare cares for hundreds of patients across three communities. Each day, a team of 10 associates works behind the scenes to keep up with the enormous amount of laundry produced at the three locations. The laundry operation is led by laundry director Teri Deisher. She joined the Hillcrest Healthcare ...
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It takes a village: working with partners for successful patient outcomes

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At Hillcrest Healthcare, we strive every day to live our mantra that everyone matters, and we respect and celebrate the lives of those we serve. We recently welcomed a patient to our Beverly Park Place community after working with several partners for months to secure her long-term care. Her story shows the goodness of people and the power that comes ...
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The essential activity professional

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The last week of January is Activity Professionals Week, which gives us a chance to shine a light on a group of people who work daily to improve the lives of residents at long-term healthcare facilities. In our three Hillcrest Healthcare communities, activity teams work tirelessly to plan and implement activities that cater to the needs and tastes of the ...
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2021: A year in review

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Happy New Year! As we eagerly anticipate the year ahead, we pause to reflect and celebrate all that happened at Hillcrest Healthcare in 2021. From a business perspective, we were happy to move management of all clinical and operational functions in-house. This move has provided greater flexibility and agility while allowing us to better serve our patients, families and employees. ...
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A sleigh full of holiday fun

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There is certainly a special feeling in the air in our three Hillcrest Healthcare communities as we prepare for the holidays. Our staff members put their hearts and a lot of fun into planning and offering several activities and events that help us spread holiday cheer. We kicked off the holiday season by collecting Christmas artwork from our residents to ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare hiring for new Hillcrest at Home program

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Hillcrest Healthcare is hiring at-home caregivers as part of the new Hillcrest at Home program, which provides non-medical, personal care services for seniors in Knoxville and surrounding counties. Applicants do not need medical training or a college degree. Hillcrest at Home is a personal support service agency that offers assistance for a minimum of four hours or up to 24 ...
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Holiday gift ideas for nursing home residents

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At Hillcrest Healthcare, we love the holidays as we extend our compassionate care with a big side of holiday cheer to our residents. If you have a family member or loved one who is a nursing home resident, or if you’re thinking about service activities for your family or organization, you may be wondering what gifts are in high demand. ...
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The Gardens on Lake Brook: Hospice for a peaceful transition

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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, aimed at raising awareness about hospice and palliative care. The terms hospice and palliative care often are used together since many of the services are common between the two. Both provide compassionate comfort care with the purpose of preventing or relieving suffering as much as possible through symptom control, pain relief and ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare’s Beverly Park Place earns spot on Newsweek’s Best Nursing Homes 2022

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Beverly Park Place, one of three Hillcrest Healthcare communities in Knoxville, has been recognized as the No. 6 top nursing home in Tennessee on Newsweek’s Best Nursing Homes 2022 list. The prestigious list, presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider, highlighted the country’s top 450 nursing homes out of 11,849 analyzed. The facilities ...
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Introducing Hillcrest at Home

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Hillcrest Healthcare understands compassionate care and is happy to extend our mission-focused care to those outside our communities with the introduction of Hillcrest at Home. Hillcrest at Home offers non-medical, personal care services for seniors in the greater Knoxville area and surrounding counties. It is a personal support service agency (PSSA) with the flexibility to offer care on a one-time ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare Foundation: Making a difference

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National Make a Difference Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday of October. It’s a day to find a way great or small to help society either with a group or individually. Citizens are encouraged to support a cause that is special to them, volunteer in the community or simply perform an act of kindness. No gesture of kindness ...
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Raising awareness: World Alzheimer’s Month

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month, aimed at raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This year’s campaign is called “Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s” and focuses on how you can detect the warning signs of dementia in addition to challenging the stigma and misinformation surrounding dementia. At Hillcrest Healthcare, we offer dementia care services in a compassionate, caring ...
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We’re hiring! Join a great team

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Now is a great time to join the Hillcrest Healthcare team. With special limited-time starting rates, we’re looking for new employees who have a calling for a career in healthcare. We offer industry-leading benefits, immersive onboarding, professional development opportunities, employee recognition and three distinct communities where our associates can thrive. As we grow, we’re offering some short-term incentives to join ...
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Hillcrest patient care from a family’s perspective

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We say it often: “At Hillcrest Healthcare, everyone matters.” This includes our staff, residents, patients and their families. Our compassionate, highly trained and dedicated staff members are an extension of patient and resident families, and it warms our hearts when we hear words of gratitude from a patient’s family. We recently received a letter addressed to the entire staff of ...
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Immunization reminders for seniors

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which is a great time to highlight the importance of vaccines – especially for seniors. At Hillcrest Healthcare, we provide our employees, patients and residents vaccine education as well as certain vaccinations at each of our communities. You should talk with your medical provider about the vaccines that are suitable for you, based ...
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Enjoy summertime fun in the sun safely

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Ah, summertime. It’s a great time to get outdoors and enjoy all the warm weather activities that make this time of year so appealing. At Hillcrest Healthcare, we love to create fun experiences to get our patients and residents outside. We enjoy our time together while ensuring that we take precautions to keep everyone safe. Since July is UV Safety ...
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Celebrating our wonderful CNA team

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Certified Nursing Assistants, or CNAs, work directly with patients and nurses and have a wide range of responsibilities to assist with care. During National Nursing Assistants Week on June 17-24, we took several opportunities to celebrate our dedicated and hardworking CNAs with some food and fun. “Hillcrest Healthcare CNAs provide the most intimate of care and do so with a ...
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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month means so much to us

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month aimed at raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Hillcrest Healthcare provides compassionate care, including memory care services, to all of our patients, many of whom are among the 50 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We are committed to helping save memories by raising funds and ...
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Compassion personified: National Nurses Week

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Hillcrest Healthcare’s highly trained and dedicated staff provides person-centered care, respecting and celebrating the lives of those we serve. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our CNAs and nurses have become more than just caregivers – they are the lifelines for residents – and they’ve stepped up and leaned in to rise to the challenges. “Our nursing staff has served ...
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National Skilled Nursing Care Week: A celebration of seasons

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At Hillcrest Healthcare, we understand that connection, interaction and engagement improve well-being, so we offer activities to engage residents and patients. National Skilled Nursing Care Week provided five days of fun! National Skilled Nursing Care Week recognizes the essential role of skilled nursing care centers and is a great time to recognize residents, patients, staff, family members and care partners ...
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Occupational Therapy Month: Insight from an occupational therapist

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Hillcrest Healthcare offers a comprehensive portfolio of services and therapies. Skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term care require a wide array of expertise. Our clinical associates, experts and partners provide excellent therapies and services – many of which are specialized to the needs of our patients. Since April is Occupational Therapy Month, we wanted to highlight the great work of our ...
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Spring brings fun, carrot cake and … unicorns!

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Spring is a time of renewed hope. Our spirits seem to rise with the temperatures as our little slice of East Tennessee comes to life in full color. At Hillcrest Healthcare, we understand that engagement leads to better outcomes, so our staff is dedicated to finding creative ways to spread joy and have fun. This year, Easter did not disappoint. ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare management moves in-house

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As we anticipate future growth and optimistically prepare for loosened pandemic restrictions, our management is working hard behind the scenes to position Hillcrest Healthcare for success. We are happy to announce we have reached the next step in this process: We are moving to in-house management of all clinical and operational functions. The change will allow greater flexibility and agility, ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare leadership shines in the industry

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At Hillcrest Healthcare, our leaders serve the community through philanthropy and high-quality, compassionate care. They assemble highly trained and dedicated staff members to provide personalized skilled nursing, rehabilitation services and extended care. In addition to showing our staff and patients that everyone matters every day, we strive to be leaders in our communities and provide our expertise for the benefit ...
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Food! Hillcrest Healthcare favorite recipes

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At Hillcrest Healthcare, we take pride in providing delicious and nutritious meals to our patients and residents. We offer high-quality meals, drinks and snacks with variety and personal service – all overseen by our professional registered dietitian team. Among our collection of menus and recipes, there are some “fan favorites” that are loved and repeatedly requested. Since food brings more ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare shares the love

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Compassionate care is at the HEART of our operations, and our residents and staff know how to share the love when February rolls around. Our Beverly Park Place residents enjoyed a fun Valentine’s Day craft project to design custom colorful Valentines. Our communities, adorned in festive hearts and red décor, brought cheer and love. February also is American Heart Month, ...
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Showing appreciation to our fabulous associates

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At Hillcrest Healthcare, we work every day to live our belief that everyone matters. And it all begins with our team of dedicated associates. Our associates have gone above and beyond in the past year, being flexible as policies and procedures changed drastically and often during the COVID-19 pandemic. They showed up for our patients in big and small ways. ...
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2020: A year in review

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As the calendar resets to 2021, we have great hope and renewed focus for the year ahead. And as we reflect on the year behind us, it’s clear that although 2020 brought immense change, Hillcrest Healthcare found so many good ways to impact our patients, associates and community. We experienced more heartwarming stories than we could ever have time to ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare partners with ‘Let’s Get to Work Tennessee’

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Amid a year of tremendous job loss across the country, Hillcrest Healthcare is hiring and offering incentives for certain positions. We’re proud to support a new statewide campaign to help our fellow Tennesseans find and obtain meaningful employment. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Jeff McCord, commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, recently announced the “Let’s Get to ...
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THANK YOU, healthcare workers!

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We say it a lot: “At Hillcrest Healthcare, everyone matters.” It’s a mantra that is our guiding force and truly includes everyone – our patients and their families, our associates and our healthcare partners. So, in this season of thanksgiving leading up to the New Year, our team would like to pause and thank our healthcare workers for their dedication ...
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Staying connected
during COVID-19

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In our three communities, we create connections and opportunities for those connections for our patients – especially our long-term and senior residents. With our campus visitation previously temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 and now still limited by state and local guidance, our teams are working hard to fulfill the true need our patients have for interaction with their families and ...
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Getting crafty: Fall craft ideas

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Connection, interaction and engagement improve well-being, and Hillcrest Healthcare’s activity department offers a daily list of hobbies and interests to engage residents and patients. Crafts are a great way to provide hands-on activities that enliven the spirit and the mind. Our patients also are a crafty bunch! Susan Smith is the activity assistant at Beverly Park Place, and she has ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament

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Hillcrest Healthcare Foundation is a nonprofit that provides financial support to advance the Hillcrest Healthcare belief that Everyone Matters. It’s another way we tap into the volunteer spirit to increase access to healthcare services, education and technology. On Oct. 5, the foundation held its First Annual Golf Tournament at Avalon Golf & Country Club. After registration and breakfast, players had ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare leads morning devotional during trying times

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Every weekday at 7:30 a.m. there’s a brief video call that is offered to local healthcare workers in the Knoxville area. This call is usually no more than 10 minutes but can help direct the attitude of the attendees for the day ahead. Leaders from Hillcrest Healthcare, including Doug Bryant, director of human resources, and Diana Fisher, director of business ...
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Is a career in healthcare your calling?

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At Hillcrest Healthcare, compassionate care begins with a great team. As we grow to serve the needs of our community, we continue to seek new employees who believe a career in healthcare is a calling, not just a job. We offer industry-leading benefits, immersive onboarding, professional development opportunities, employee recognition and three distinct communities where our associates can thrive. With ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare’s Island Home community wins national quality award

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Island Home, a Hillcrest Healthcare community, has earned national recognition with the 2020 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award, which focuses on performance excellence in long-term and post-acute care. “A distinction like this belongs to every team member at Island Home,” said Barry Davis, president and chief executive officer of Hillcrest Healthcare. “Our employees and caregivers are integral to our ability ...
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Hillcrest website highlights life in our communities

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Care seekers need instant access to see the full picture when searching for skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term care. Online searches are a critical component, so Hillcrest Healthcare has introduced an all-new website to provide patients, families and providers the most sought-after information needed to make an informed decision. According to Aging.com, several things to consider when choosing a long-term ...
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Hillcrest Healthcare delivers 1,500 lunches to seniors for Mobile Meals in Knoxville

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Hillcrest Healthcare sponsored “A Day of Meals” for the Mobile Meals program, and members of the leadership team distributed lunches to recipients across Knoxville to show support for seniors. The program provides daily safety checks and hot and cold lunches on weekdays to homebound seniors in the area. It is administered by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s (CAC) Office ...
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Welcome to the new website

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Hillcrest Healthcare has launched a dynamic new website that shows what life is like in our three Knoxville communities. This city has been our home since 1960, and we love the community and the patients and families we serve. Hillcrest Healthcare is the largest skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term care provider in the Knoxville area. Through our new website, we ...
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Hillcrest thanks employees with incentive pay

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Hundreds of employees across Hillcrest Healthcare’s three Knoxville communities have received incentive payments totaling more than $250,000 for their commitment and efforts during the ongoing pandemic. Hillcrest Healthcare’s leadership and board of directors created the financial incentive to honor more than 500 employees and show them appreciation in a meaningful way. Both part-time and full-time employees who have been with ...
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COVID-19 Updates

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Please see below our most current updates on testing, policies and services. These updates will be communicated to employees, patients and families regularly as information becomes available. If you have questions, please visit our contact page to reach us. We closely follow the COVID-19 positivity rates in Knox County. This pandemic has been hard on all, but especially on our ...
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