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People Making a Difference: Judy Hilt - February 10, 2014

Judy Hilt, RN, BA, CRRN, CBIS, Rehabilitation Nursing Consultant

Twenty-one years ago, On With Life offered a job to Judy Hilt and from that day on, she has been an invaluable asset and brain injury rehabilitation expert for the organization.

Judy began her career in the brain injury rehabilitation in 1977, working as a clinical manager for a rehabilitation facility in Waterloo, Iowa. In August 1991, just two weeks prior to the opening of On With Life, Judy began her career as Director of Nursing.

Judy was first charged with hiring and developing the nursing staff. Her initial guidance is one reason the On With Life nursing staff continues to be the best in the field today. In 1993, Judy was influential in the development of our Disorders of Consciousness program which addresses the rehabilitation needs of persons served in a coma. To this day, On With Life is one of only a few rehabilitation programs offering services to this population in the Midwest.

During her time at On With Life, Judy has worn many hats, including nurse evaluator, life care planner, case manager and director of marketing. These roles allowed Judy to establish and maintain personal relationships with many hospitals, case managers, social workers, nurses and doctors throughout the Midwest. She has been instrumental in developing a trusted reputation and name for On With Life.

While Judy retired from her full-time position in December 2012, she continues to be a valuable contributor to On With Life as a parttime nurse evaluator.

“I have always loved the on-site evaluations,” said Judy. “There’s something about being the first contact with families and representing On With Life that I really enjoy.”

People like Judy are what keep the On With Life reputation so strong. Her dedication and commitment is truly inspiring.