Eaglecrest celebrates 10 years of service
Tammy Curtis Staff Writer Red, white and blue graced the tables and tents outside of Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their community-wide celebration in honor of the facility's 10 year anniversary July 1. The crowd of over 500 represented Eaglecrest staff, residents, their families and friends, area pastors, Ash Flat Mayor Danny Traw, representatives of the Spring River Chamber of Commerce, Ash flat Fire Department, both Fulton and Sharp County Judges Charles Willett and Larry Brown and State Representatives Curren Everett and David Cook. Also present for the festivities were members of Cooper Administrative Services, the facility's owner, from Melbourne and representatives from First National Banking Company, First Community Bank and Simmons First National Bank. Residents of the John 3:16 ministries from Charlotte, Ark., cooked fish and all the trimmings for the crowd. The ceremony began shortly after noon with the invocation given by Pastor David Isaacs. Eaglecrest's Administrator Linda Hall, who was named Arkansas Administrator of the year for 2008, presented awards to four employees who have been with the facility since its opening in 1999. The employees were: Becky Campos, environmental services supervisor; Nola Edington, business office manager; Donna Kelley, LPN charge nurse; and John Wallace, maintenance director. The Spring River Chamber of Commerce performed a Blue Ribbon Ceremony honoring the facility. Local dignitaries spoke of he success of the facility and its impact on the community. Sharp County Judge Larry Brown said the facility is a huge contributor to the area economy because they employ 100 people and pay $1,870,000 annual in salaries. This coupled with the $5 million in revenue generated by the facility makes it a huge asset to the area. Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center opened July 1, 1999, with 55 beds. The success of the facility is evident with the addition of 35 beds, 10 and 15 at a time, since their opening. Hall said to date, 958 residents have been cared for at Eaglecrest. They currently house 85. Their medical director is Dr. Tommy Taylor, along with four other doctors who serve as staff physicians. Hall said the facility is different than standard nursing homes who take the medical facility appearance in their structure. Eaglecrest implemented the Eden Philosophy nearly three years ago. Hall said this new type of nursing center management is dedicated to eliminating the loneliness and boredom that make life intolerable in most of today's long-term care facilities. The goal of the Eden Philosophy is to give the facility as much of a home-like feel as possible. Walking into the lobby of Eaglecrest, the welcoming decor and bubbling aquarium resemble a home environment more than that of a nursing facility. Hall said the home-like environment and clean and homey feeling is one of the things that separates her facility from other skilled nursing care and rehabilitation centers. Besides being a long term care facility, Eaglecrest also offers therapy services from Insight Therapies of Conway. The crowd for the celebration was entertained by The Celtic Band and The Monkey Run Boys Band under the big tent. Rides were given on a mule to the kids attending the event by Cox Kawaski of Highland.