Just over six months after a November groundbreaking, Eaglecrest Administrator Linda Hall welcomed the group to the new facility saying, "We feel like by opening up this we can provide the service to the community that will get folks well quicker and feel better and can go home and return to their daily lifestyles. I have a lot of people to thank."
Hall went on to express her appreciation to the project's Jonesboro-based contractor, Ramsom's Construction.
Judge Larry Brown and State Representative Linda Collins-Smith were also present along with other community leaders..
After introducing her maintenance crew, staff, contractors and subcontractors, Hall said "We had an excellent crew."
The group then went outdoors for the ribbon cutting. Members of the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce helped Hall and staff members cut the ribbon, officially opening the unit for business.
Members of the Eaglecrest staff then offered tours of the state of the art facility.
Hall explained therapy services included physical, occupational and speech therapy, and the unit was open to all ages, not just the elderly. The therapy location offers short term rehabilitation--an alternative to lengthly trips to surrounding cities.
After tours, Eaglecrest's kitchen staff offered refreshments. Many commented on how beautiful the buffet line was, and expressed their gratefulness for the services the facility offers the community.
Eaglecrest is owned by Cooper Administrative Services.
The facility currently employs therapists, but the addition will allow them more space to better serve their patients.
The expansion will also provide jobs for the community.
At the November groundbreaking, Hall said, "We will expand the nursing department, and we will also have to staff the wing," explaining Eaglecrest would potentially hire ten to 15 new employees.
Eaglecrest is also involved, along with other facilities, in a pilot project to create a homelike atmosphere for those who are no longer able to remain in their own homes.
The facility provides person directed care, while providing purposeful living, dignity, respect and independence for their residents.
All of the facility's 100 beds are licenced for Medicare and skilled nursing care.