About Tabitha

About Tabitha

Christie Hinrichs, President and Chief Executive Officer

Christie Hinrichs, President and Chief Executive Officer

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.

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Chris Wismer, Tabitha Hospice Administrator, was recently appointed as the community engagement chair of the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCA). Wismer was one of the Nebraskans present at the recent Management and Leadership Conference and Advocacy Intensive in Washington D.C.

Nine-year-old Braxton Anderson, of Calloway, Neb., recently made a $3 donation. Those 12 quarters and a request for others to follow his lead has turned into almost $12,000 and counting for the longstanding Tabitha Meals on Wheels program. Read more.

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Lincoln’s Gateway Sertoma Club and Tabitha joined forces and welcomed golfers to play for the 16th annual golf event to raise money for Tabitha Meals on Wheels. Read more.

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Tabitha, Nebraska’s industry-leading Senior Care provider, offers grief groups and hospice volunteer training throughout the month of June in Lincoln, York, Grand Island, and Nebraska City, NE. Learn more.

Proving you’re never too old for a senior prom, GracePointe by Tabitha Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites hosted its annual spring dinner and dance with a ‘Rolling Into the Fifties’ theme. Read more.

Tabitha in Crete—The Gardens Assisted Living community was honored with the Best Programming Award by the Nebraska Assisted Living Association at its recent annual spring Convention in Kearney, Neb.

Tabitha, Nebraska’s industry-leading Senior Care provider, congratulates Tabitha TEAMember of the Year, Stacy Clark. Clark is a continuum navigator in Tabitha’s central and western regions, which includes the cities of Grand Island and York, NE. Read more.

After bilateral knee replacement surgery, Bruce seamlessly transitioned from hospital to home thanks to Tabitha’s continuum of services. Read more about his short-term rehabilitation therapy experience here.

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