Spring River Home Health celebrates 40 years at Open House and ribbon cutting ceremony
Spring River Home Health/Spring River Therapy had several reasons to celebrate on Thursday, April 1. A ribbon cutting event was sponsored by Salem Chamber of Commerce at the Open House for Spring River Home Health’s new facility, located on Hwy. 9 North. Not only was it a celebration for new beginnings in a state-of-the-art new location, but a celebration of 40 years of service to the community.
Connie Bray is the owner/operator of Spring River Home Health and Therapy. She is also a registered nurse who began her career in Salem at Dr. Michael Moody’s office. Dr. Moody is who she credits for getting her start in the home health industry. “I just got out of anesthesia school. I was going to do anesthesia at the hospital and Michael came up to me and said, ‘I’ve got something I need you to do’ and I said Michael, ‘I’ve got a job.’ He said, ‘you can do this.’ And I said well I’ll try it for a year,” recalled Bray.
They began at a location in Salem, but served a large area as there was no home health at that time in Batesville or Mountain Home. “We got our initial license in Fulton and Sharp because there was no one in Sharp,” added Bray. The facility currently serves patients within a 50 miles radius. They employ 39 individuals and have eight contracts.
When asked what her favorite aspect of her career is, it was the patients. “The patients are so grateful. If you take great care of them, they are grateful for it,” she said. Although a lot of their jobs are dictated by insurance rules and regulations and those are always changing, the advancement of care has changed the most. At Spring River Home Health, all nurses are chemo certified and the facility takes care of wounds, IV’s and antibiotics. Bray said there is also discussions taking place about having an aid class and possibly applying for a accreditation to be a fusion center.
The new facility is equipped to care for individuals in need of outpatient care and/or physical therapy. If a patient is not homebound, then they can utilize the facility.
The building is a beautiful new construction, built by Gary Cunningham out of Camp. Bray said she began drawing plans last spring, once the property was purchased in February 2020.
Though the main construction went on during the pandemic, it did not hinder Cunningham’s crew. “They were excellent. He went out of his way to please me,” said Bray.
She talked about how fast time passes and though she wished others were around to enjoy the celebration, she was very thankful for those in attendance. “Forty years go fast. This is still an exciting day but a sad day because Michael (Dr.Moody) isn’t here. He was the brains I was the worker bee. He was always concerned about health care in the rural area, this is kind of an extension from the hospital for people that can’t get out.”