Since 2010 Christie Hinrichs has served as president and CEO of Tabitha, a non-profit, mission-centered provider of health care services for older adults, headquartered in Lincoln and serving 28 southeast Nebraska counties. With 1,000 employees, 1,500 active volunteers and countless faithful donors, Tabitha serves more than 2,500 Elders and their families every single day.
Hinrichs began her career in compassion in 1993 as a Tabitha Hospice social worker before advancing to leadership roles within Tabitha Hospice and the organization’s in-home support program. Hinrichs then served as the Nebraska Heart Hospital’s chief operating officer and as a branch manager with Coram Healthcare. She returned to Tabitha in 2006 as vice president of clinical services. She served on Tabitha’s corporate board of directors from November 2004 through May 2006.
Having spent the majority of her adult life in service to Elders, with a steadfast and sincere commitment to improving their quality of life, Christie has worked diligently to transform the culture of this 1,000+ employee organization through her innovative vision. In 2006 she introduced and began development of LIVE2Succeed—a revolutionary culture change within Tabitha that challenged employees to Love their jobs, Invite optimism, Vision success and Embrace the mission. Today, every clinical, operational and strategic decision is made through the lens of LIVE’s ideals. In 2012 LIVE2Succeed was honored with the national LeadingAge Excellence in the Workplace award.
As an influential and respected leader among her peers in the industry and the communities in which Tabitha serves, Hinrichs has also led Tabitha to receiving prestigious awards such as the Inspire Award in 2016, the Rotary Salute to Business winner in 2014 and the Chamber Cornerstone award in 2013.
Hinrichs also has been instrumental in the growth of Tabitha’s physical presence across southeast Nebraska. She helped bring innovative vision to life on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln in 2006 with the introduction of the state’s first and just the nation’s second Green House® home, a family-centered, residential-style skilled nursing and long-term care community now called Tabitha Residences. In 2010 a second Tabitha Residence home opened in Lincoln and the following year, in 2011, four new living communities debuted under her leadership: GracePointe Assisted Living and Memory Care Suites, a 63-resident assisted living community with specialized suites and staffing dedicated to memory care; two additional Residences; and Journey House SNF for End-of-Life Care, a 12-resident home dedicated to caring for Elders, their families and loved ones in life’s final journey.
In 2014, she helped introduce Tabitha Residence—Cove House, a fifth residential-style community in Lincoln, managed by Tabitha in the same spirit and lifestyle as the organization’s four main campus Residences. Just a few years later in 2017, Tabitha opened Tabitha Residence--Harbor House on the same campus. For her work on the Cove House project, Hinrichs was the co-recipient of the Innovator of the Year award from Nebraska Leading Age. In 2016, Tabitha opened the first residential-style skilled nursing and long-term care community in rural Nebraska. Tabitha Residences—Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care in Crete brings compassionate and expertise care in a home-like setting.
Hinrichs is a vocal advocate for Elder Care issues, regularly appearing in both regional and national speaking engagements. She was named co-chair of the national LeadingAge Consumer Cabinet in 2012 and joined as a member of the organization’s national board of directors in Jan. 2015. She also sits on the board of Lutheran Services in America. Her local involvement includes service on the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Lincoln Fire and Rescue advisory board, the Thrivent Fellows advisory board, Rise Advisory Board and the Lutheran Planned Giving Board. Hinrichs was the IABC Communicator of the Year in July 2012 and a 2014 TedX Lincoln presenter.
Currently, Hinrichs is pursuing her master’s degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis on servant leadership and in the fall of 2016, joins the Leading Aging National Board as treasurer.