Brawl Breaks Out in a Floyd County Nursing Home

This past weekend at Riverview we hosted a very unique event. The first ever BCW “Rumble on the River” was held right here in the dining room of our home! Over 150 people from the community spent their Saturday evening here at Riverview with the elders, watching some of the toughest wrestlers that BCW has to offer. Our Riverview team sold concessions and all of the proceeds went to our 2016 Relay for Life fund.

Here at Riverview we are always looking for new ways to bring joy, meaning, and excitement into the lives of the elders. There is nothing more essential to human health than the opportunity to do meaningful things. This event did not disappoint. It was huge! It was awesome! Plans are already being made to host another wrestling event soon.

Pete Rose’s Greatest Hit

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Pete Rose is the all-time Major League leader in hits, games played, and at-bats. He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions. These stats rank him among the greatest ball players ever, and though he was permanently banned from baseball in 1989, Rose certainly posted some Hall of Fame numbers. However, one of “Charlie Hustle’s” greatest stats will never be mentioned on ESPN or be seen on the back of a baseball card. One of his most shining moments will probably never be known to him at all.

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Chaplain Wins International Care Partner Award

The Eden Alternative 2016 International Conference was held May 3 – 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Riverview Chaplain and Certified Eden Educator and Mentor Phillip Ramey was chosen as the International Employee Care Partner for 2016. The International Employee Care Partner Award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of an employee care partner in applying the Eden Alternative Philosophy to creating a life worth living.

Riverview to Host First Ever “Rumble on the River”

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Here at Riverview we’re always looking for new ways to bring meaning, joy, and excitement into the lives of our elders. There’s certain to be some excitement on Saturday, May 21st as Riverview hosts the first ever “Rumble on the River” wrestling competition. Bluegrass Championship Wrestling will be here, complete with a wrestling ring and a crew of their toughest wrestlers to put on an action packed wrestling event. Our Riverview team will also be selling concessions. All proceeds will go to our Relay for Life team. You certainly won’t want to miss this unique event. It will be FREE admission and the community is invited to attend.

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2016 National Day of Prayer Pancake Breakfast

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Riverview will host our Annual National Day of Prayer Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, May 5th at 8:00 AM. There will be many guest speakers from the community, as well as entertainment, and a free pancake breakfast. The community is encouraged to attend this special event.

Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend the 2016 Riverview HealthCARE National Day of Prayer Pancake Breakfast.

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Riverview is Making News…Literally!

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Riverview HealthCARE is close to debuting our newest culture change initiative. We have worked hard to transform our care partners and our home personally, organizationally, and physically, and the results are easy to see. There are so many great things that go on in our Riverview community each day that go untold. It’s like we need our own news show to cover it all. Well, here it comes!

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An Unconventional Memorial Service

Several months ago, we lost an elder here at Riverview and they have been greatly missed. He was a man who was well known by many, and known by all for his great love for basketball. He particularly loved high school basketball. In fact, he loved high school basketball so much that he had amassed a nearly unbelievable streak–for the last 54 years of his life, he attended the boys “Sweet 16″ High School State Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

For the past few years, I personally had the privilege of being part of this wonderful journey to help keep his streak alive. He had become such a fixture at the state tournament, that everyone knew him and everyone looked for him. I knew that this year would not be the same. It was the first time in 55 years that Perry wouldn’t be there. That didn’t seem right to me.

I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful man’s funeral service when he passed, but since then I’ve also been planning a memorial service for him. It was kind of an unconventional memorial service, but very fitting if you knew him. To honor him, we decided to keep his streak alive. I designed some t-shirts, we gathered up a group of elders who love basketball, and we journeyed from our home in Prestonsburg to Rupp Arena for the “Perry Jones Memorial Sweet 16 Trip.”

It was a great trip and a great experience for the elders, but the greatest moment for me personally was the moment we got off the bus. Two men immediately looked at our shirts and approached us. These men, like most everyone that journeys to Rupp for the Sweet 16 each year, knew Perry and commented on how cool it was that we were keeping his streak alive.

At Riverview, our motto is “honoring our community one elder at a time” and when we really form relationships with these individuals we can do things like this, not only in life, but even beyond. The joy is in the journey, and the journey continues!

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor


Click HERE for a story I wrote about Perry a few years ago.

3rd Annual Sweetheart Ball

Our annual “Sweetheart Ball” was held last night at our Riverview home. A crowd of family and community members gathered in our dining room to get a good look at our elders as they came through for the grand march. They were all decked out in beautiful dresses or suits and ties. A group of beauticians volunteered their time to come in and do hair and make-up, much to the delight of our elders.

After the grand march, it was time to hit the dance floor with music from a live DJ. Words cannot describe the joy our elders expressed during this annual ball. After dancing for a while, everyone took a break to enjoy a fancy dinner, complete with ribeye steaks, grilled chicken, baked potatoes, and salad from our new Riverview Restaurant & Grille. The special dessert for the night was this month’s Taste of Hometown winning dessert recipe.

The evening ended with the crowning of this year’s Sweetheart Ball King and Queen. Local news channels and newspapers were on hand to get the scoop on this awesome event.

-Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality/Eden Mentor

Riverview Restaurant and Grille

Monday, February 16th, will mark the debut of the new “Riverview Restaurant & Grille,” located inside our Riverview HealthCARE home. As our elders stroll down the “streets” of the Riverview community that exists inside our home, they will leave their neighborhoods, turn down Blackcat Blvd. and enter the Riverview Restaurant & Grille. They will be greeted and seated by a waiter, given a menu, and offered a drink. Our elders will have the everyday pleasure of experiencing restaurant style dining complete with a daily special, a la carte menu, soup and salad bar, and delicious daily dessert choices.

This is just the latest addition to our Riverview community, which is also home to the Mugg-Z Café, Riverview Movie Theatre, Fred Harris Memorial Library, Riverview Community Chapel, and much, much more.

We are an Eden Alternative registered home that is committed to culture change. Here at Riverview, we focus on person-centered care, and we strive each day to create the type of home environment our elders deserve. Our mission is to radically change the landscape of health care forever.

-Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality/Eden Mentor