Celebrating Life, Honoring Relationships

Relationships matter. Our lives are filled with relationships. Relationships bring joy, meaning, companionship, identity, and fulfillment to our lives. At Riverview, we have diligently pursued the idea of transforming from an institution to a real human habitat, and the key factor to every milestone we’ve reached in this journey has been building real and meaningful relationships.

Relationships put us all on level ground. We all are partners together in care. Even the elders have the opportunity to not only receive care, but to also give care. Real relationships have been formed and everyone has a special place in the community we’ve created.

A short time ago, we lost a very special person from our Riverview community. Our hearts were broken by the sudden passing of our dear friend Lisa Arnett, RN. Lisa left this life doing what she loved to do, working in the home where the elders live.

Within our human habitat, we have grown neighborhoods and real establishments like those found in any outside community. We have our own café, library, movie theatre, chapel, restaurant, and post offices. We have transformed our hallways into streets. Each street has a name, and today we renamed one of those streets to celebrate the life of our dear friend Lisa, to honor the relationship formed within this Riverview community. With a multitude of people–including her family–gathered together, we officially dedicated our newest street “Lisa Lane” today. Lisa’s favorite music was played and a ceremony was held to honor her life. Her mother and son did the honors of cutting the ribbon and hanging the sign to officially open Lisa Lane.

Every time we stroll down this street and pass her picture, we will remember Lisa. We will remember her passion for this Riverview community. We will remember her passion for life and the relationships she formed. Like I said, relationships matter.
Phillip R. Ramey
Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor

Team Riverview Hosts Cancer Survivors

The 2016 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Floyd County is just a few days away and this year Team Riverview was honored to once again host the Survivor Banquet. This was a very special event as a large number of cancer survivors gathered together for the annual banquet. Riverview CEO Missy Allen welcomed everyone, and Riverview Director of Spirituality and cancer survivor Phillip Ramey offered some encouraging words and prayer. After this, everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal and was blessed with an inspiring story from this year’s guest speaker, Tammy Goble. There was tons of prizes given away at the end of the event and every survivor went home with at least one prize.

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.