Downtown Hope has added another member to its ranks as dozens of community business persons and interest parties celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the new Hope Kindred at Home center on Wednesday.

Downtown Hope has added another member to its ranks as dozens of community business persons and interest parties celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the new Hope Kindred at Home center on Wednesday.
Kindred Regional Director Britney Icenhower, who oversees operations in both Texarkana and Hope, said “It was a great turnout; it was wonderful to see so many people take time out of their day to visit us. It was an exciting time.”
And times are looking up for Kindred as they continue to see their line of businesses grow in the Hope area. Kindred at Home actually houses three lines of services, skilled Home Health, Community Care, and Hospice, Icenhower said.
“We’ve been in Hope since August 1, 2016, and we’ve been growing in the scope and volume of our services; our patient census is up, so the new building is here and reflects that growth in services and employees,” she said.
The Hope Kindred at Home center currently houses approximately 18 persons, some of which Icenhower said were “field personnel,” who do the majority of their work in patient’s homes.
At Wednesday’s celebration, Chamber Director Beckie Moore said “Kindred at Home is a new chamber member. They want to be involved in our community and for that, we are thankful. We are thrilled to have them in downtown Hope."
Icenhower outlined the different segments of the services, saying “Home Health involves the skilled Nursing, rehabilitation, drug management and physical therapy services, while Community Care assists patients in tasks like cooking, bathing and daily living activities.”
Hospice services addresses a more specialized care for those facing a life-limiting or severe illness, she said.
Kindred is a national company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, whose presence in both Hope and Texarkana emerged as the Arkansas Department of Health was bowing out of home health-related services in 2016. Statewide, Kindred acquired the state agency’s in-home, hospice and personal care services for a reported $39 million. Kindred currently provides in-home health-care services in 72 of the state’s 75 counties.