By Alison James, Franklin County Times
One of the pillars of the Russellville business community has served the area now for 50 years. It’s a milestone that calls for celebration, and Burns Nursing & Rehab celebrated its golden anniversary in memorable fashion Friday, hosting Congressman Robert Aderholt as special guest and welcoming employees, friends and community members for a time of nostalgia and fellowship.
Mark DeArman took those gathered on a walk down memory lane, from Burns Nursing Home’s beginnings under his grandparents, Dr. John and Ethel Burns in 1966, through its transition to his mother, Martha Burns DeArman, and to his own part in the facility, which he joined in 2003 and in which he has served as administrator for five years.
“Our mission is to serve our community as recognized leader in quality rehabilitation services and long-term care,” he said. “Our staff always goes above and beyond for our residents.” He particularly recognized the staff for their tireless efforts during the week of the nursing home’s 50th anniversary preparation, during which the facility also underwent annual state inspection. “Our staff was working on ‘Dr. Burns hours,’” he quipped. “It has been a long week, but our staff really worked hard and outdid themselves.”
Aderholt offered his congratulations for the Burns and DeArman families “for your long care, commitment and dedication to this area.” In commemoration, Aderholt will enter details about Dr. John Burns and Burns Nursing & Rehab’s long history into the official congressional record.