How It All Began – River Valley Nursing Home History

In the 1960’s Mr. Charles Bay and Mr. George Gedge saw a need in the Butler Community for a place our elderly could go when they needed someone to take care of them. Mr. Bay encouraged a few other people in the area to invest in Butler Rest Home which became home to 19 residents at the time. As the years went by and the need became greater, Mr. Bay oversaw the building of River Valley Nursing Home in 1971. The new home became an Intermediate Care Home for 32 residents in 1979.

Mr. Bay, at the age of 84, took on one of the biggest challenges of his life in 1992. He realized the needs of the lederly in Pendleton County and the surrounding area had out-grown the existing 19 bed personal care home and the 32 bed intermediate care home. Mr. Bay made a significant contribution to the community by puruing a 28 bed expansion. He realized that the end result would greatly enhance the service needs of the elderly in his community.

In 1994 River Valley Nursing Home completed the construction and now server 60 residents.

In 2006 the other shareholders of River Valley decided to sell their portion of the nursing home stock. The shares of stock not owned by the immediate Bay family were purchased by LVO under the direction of David Bay (Charles’ Grandson) President of LVO. “I greatly appreciate the work and dedication of my grandpa Charles and Grandma Edna, my Dad Bob Bay, and the members of the Board of Directors over the years” states David Bay. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of quality care for the residents here at River Valley. I know this is possible with the great group of employees that we have here at the home.”

Mr. Charles Bay became a resident of River Valley prior to his passing in 2008. He never lost sight of his primary objective which was to ensure quality nursing care where the elderly of the community could reside.