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Meet Our Team

The SRHHS Team constantly strives to provide clients with the most professional level of health care in the home, and keeps the lines of communication open for referrers and payors.  At the same time, our approach has always been to deliver personal service to all of the people and organizations we serve. To learn more about our office and field management staff, check out their bios below.

Platt_Susan_2X3 Susan Platt – Director of Professional Services

Susan started Spoon River Home Health in 1993.  Although she owns SRHHS, her main role is the “Director of Professional Services.” As an R.N., B.S.N. she oversees all nursing and therapy- internally and externally. She communicates and educates on a daily basis. Susan is responsible for ensuring SRHHS is compliant with all policies and procedures related to the Home Health Care field. Susan’s background is in critical care nursing. She always formed strong relationships with her patients and their families, and wondered what happened to them when they left ICU. It was for this reason, when the opportunity arose, she went into home health care and chose to open a home health agency with the help of her mentor and the best nurse she knows, her mother!

 A friend, on a stressful day in health care, asked her what her ideal job was. After a lot of thought, she has to admit she’s doing her “ideal” job. She gets to meet some of the nicest, funniest, sweetest, strangest people in the world. She loves to hear their stories. She loves to be able to make a difference in their life. Sometimes in home health we have the same client for years and sometimes only days but it is such a privilege to be invited into someone’s home and life and be able to make a difference.

platt-brianBrian Platt – Administrator

Brian manages all of Spoon River’s business activities in the office. He says that he is lucky because his wife, Susan, manages the clinical and community education activities. Plus, Brian says that Spoon River also has a great staff which makes the business run fairly smoothly.

Following graduation from Western Illinois University, Brian started working for the Soil Conservation Service and also farming with his dad. Susan and he had been married for about 1 year when she started Spoon River Home Health. Being married to a nurse, having a mother-in –law for a nurse, and having a grandmother who was a Navy nurse must have qualified Brian to start helping out with the business side of a home care company. After 2 years of helping manage the business, he became the administrator when Susan slowed down to have their 2 girls.

Brian likes to ski on the water and snow, as well as horseback riding. He had the chance to show off his horses when he acted in the movie Sand Prairie. His favorite drink is anything that has seen the inside of an oak barrel for at least 12 years.

HammondKelly 2 Kelly Hammond – Human Resource Manager

My name is Kelly Hammond and I have been with Spoon River Home Health since 2011. I started part-time as an administrative assistant working pretty much in every department before becoming the Human Resource Manager. I absolutely love people therefore the HR position fits well for me as I get to interact with customers and employees on a daily basis.

I have an Associate’s Degree in Business from a local community college. Before coming to Spoon River Home Health, I worked in insurance for over 20 years and then was a stay-at-home mother of 4 for several years. Spoon River Home Health made getting back in to the work force such an easy transition for me. One of the many reasons I love working for SRHH is the “Family Caring For Family” motto that the entire company follows.


Mary Ericson – Director of Nursing

I have been with Spoon River Home Health since 2008. I have enjoyed many varied positions with the company and am currently the Director of Nursing. I have been a nurse for 20 plus years and have discovered that Home Health is my passion! I have the pleasure of overseeing the Skilled services we offer along with the Home Service department.

When Spoon River Home Health says we are “Family Caring for Family”, they couldn’t be more accurate! Spoon River couldn’t be the successful agency we are without our “Families”. Each and every employee I work with is like my extended family. Being a smaller, privately owned agency gives us that distinct advantage. My coworkers are as caring and compassionate to each other as any family member. And that compassion and caring gets passed along to all our clients, your family. It is that caring that sets our agency apart from the others. I couldn’t be more proud than to work with my family to help maintain your family’s health and daily needs.

Lex Walker – Director of Information Systems

Lex has been providing leadership for the computing, networking and communications infrastructure for the entire organization since 2002. His divisions are responsible for the design of multi-office networking and telecommunications infrastructure.

Lex has an Associate’s degree in Data Processing from a local community college. He attends various classes and training seminars geared toward network administration and security. He has 19 years computer experience and 14 years with Spoon River Home Health.


Brandi Barnes – Case Management Specialist / CNA

Brandi does lots of data entry including but not limited to new sign ups, admitting Patients, entering SOC, transfers and DC oasis, and enter new or update employee information. She acquires background checks; creates supply sheets for employees and patients. To top it off, she handles flu shot billing, and performs patient care when needed.

Brandi has an Associate in Arts and Science along with a 3yr degree/diploma in Nursing.  She has worked in healthcare for 6 years.

Brandi describes herself as pleasant to be around, and always has a good attitude and smile on her face.  On the weekends she enjoys going to the dirt track, stock car races because her boyfriend drives, as do many of her friends. She also enjoy athletics, such as Softball and Basketball.  She LOVES watching Nascar Racing and cheering for #88 Dale Earnheart Jr. Brandi also has a son who is 2 years old named Braden.He is her world or rather her world revolves around him.  He is very energetic and outgoing and loves being outside.  He also enjoys going to the stock car races, ballgames and playing outside.  He keeps my life on the go and very interesting because you never know what will happen next.

Ladonna Boxley – Client Service Coordinator

I came to Spoon River Home Health in 2001 and started out as a clerk in the Billing Department. I wasn’t looking for a job, I was looking for a career – and that’s what I found. Spoon River Home Health shared with me their knowledge of the home health industry and their passion to make a difference in the lives that we touch. In the past 15+ years I have worked hard, moving up through the ranks of the Billing Department, the Client Service Department, Human Resource Department and am now the Health Information Coordinator. 

My responsibilities include verifying insurance benefits and assisting with referral calls helping families and other providers know about all of the ways Spoon River Home Health can help someone live independently with the help of our care. I consider myself a Spoon River success story, and I am not the only one here that way. There are many others here at SRHHS that can say the same thing. My career is to help those who have a passion for helping others. My name is LaDonna Boxley and I am proud to be part of the Spoon River Home Health family.

PaulPat2Pat Paul – Home Health Aide

My name is Pat Paul and I have been a Home Health Aide for Spoon River Home Health Services, Inc. since 2001. I applied at SRHHS after relocating to Farmington from Missouri. A friend of the family had just started working there and when she heard that I had done private duty care for a lady in Missouri she thought I would like this. I have always loved taking care of others and have worked as an aide in a nursing home in the 70’s and have done private duty. I had never worked for an actual agency until coming to SRHHS and although I have received a lot of offers to do private duty, I don’t ever plan to go back to private duty and like working for Spoon River Home Health.

When I first started with Spoon River Home Health I was not a Certified Nursing Assistant, I was a Home Service Worker. In 2002 I took their Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program and became a CNA. I love being a CNA because it makes me feel important. I am important to those that I help take of, and it feels great to be needed. Spoon River has a great Nurse Assistant Training Program and they also have a tuition reimbursement program. The tuition reimbursement program provided me with the opportunity to become a CNA and after maintaining my employment for a year I received the amount that I had paid for the class back. I liked working for Spoon River so well, that here I am 12 years later. And I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon!

GonzalezJessica Jessica Gonzalez – Client Service Specialist

 I am a single mom to my 2 beautiful daughters Ashley and Abby.  The first time I came to Spoon River when they were 5 and 3 years old.  I worked for the company approximately 4 years before finding a job closer to home.  Several years later in November 2014, I came back. 

I am a case manager for several clients in Peoria area.  I am able to help clients stay in their homes longer by developing a care plan with and client and their family members that will provide assistance with some of the daily responsibilities that the client is no longer able to do for themselves.  Some of our clients need assistance with dressing, showers, med reminders and even transportation to Dr appointments where we can help be the eyes and ears for family that is not able to go to these appointments with their loved one. I became a CNA in 1994 and have always enjoyed caring for our clients. They have so many stories to share and are a genuine treat to be around.  The more you are with them, the more they feel like family rather than just a person you have to take care of. What I like most about Spoon River is the fun family friendly atmosphere.  Family comes first and they are the first to recognize this.  Whether needing to take time off for a sick child or having to attend a spring concert, Spoon River allows the flexibility to put family first.  And the fun part!  As an avid Cubs fan, what a treat it was for them to take us to the playoffs in October 2015.  Unfortunately, they did not win the world series last year, but look out this year!

Spoon River Home Health is a wonderful company to work for.  Do we make mistakes sometimes? Sure, but who doesn’t.  If we make a mistake, we try our best to correct it and make sure the client and their family is completely satisfied in moving forward.  We all want the best for our loved ones, and working for Spoon River allows me to take of my loved ones as well as yours!

Malerie McDonaldClient Service Specialist

About 12 years ago I worked for SRHHS as a caregiver which then made me want to become a CNA. I then took the course that SRHHS offered to become a Certified Nursing Aide. I have worked as a CNA for about 10 years now. After working in the field and taking care of people I then got interested in furthering my education to move up in the medical field. I enrolled into the University of Phoenix for Healthcare Administration, and since have moved from the field to the office. I am currently working as a Client Service Specialist in the Fulton County area. Since taking the position in the office I have received one diploma, Health and Wellness Administration Foundations. I am currently just weeks away from my second diploma, Electronic Health Records Fundamentals. I really enjoy working for SRHHS as everyone is always smiling and the patients always come first. Not only do I love SRHHS for the people but also because it gives me hands on training for my schooling as its all online.


What Our Patients Say

The staff of Spoon River Home Health always goes above and beyond during each of their visits in my home. They have quickly become not only caregivers, but a part of our family.

J. Smith August 3, 2015

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