Rep. Rutherford tours River Garden campus


Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla, visited the River Garden campus in Jacksonville to learn more about the challenges and concerns facing nursing homes and other agencies as they confront the issues of caring for seniors in Florida.

River Garden Senior Services is a nonprofit, mission-driven community agency offering an array of elder care programs and services on a 40-acre campus in the Mandarin area. Sponsored by the organized Jewish community, River Garden serves clients from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining an environment supportive of Jewish identity and informed by Jewish values.

In addition to being an eight-time recipient of the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for excellence in long-term care, River Garden was recently named a top nursing home in the state of Florida by U.S. News & World Report. It is also a recipient of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Nursing Homes” designation in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016-17 and 2017-18, as well as a five-star rated community by AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) and CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).

The River Garden campus includes River Garden Hebrew Home, a 180-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility; The Coves at River Garden, an 80-unit independent living community; River Garden Home Health Care, a Florida-licensed and Medicare-certified home health agency; River Garden Rehab, providing short-stay rehabilitation and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapies; River Garden Adult Day Care; The Albert Z. Fleet Geriatric Training Center, providing continuing education, training and professional advancement for staff; and River Garden Foundation, providing financial support to the River Garden system of senior services.