Smith said he gets to do the two things he loves with his new job: learn new skills and help people.

Smith was recently promoted to rehab specialty director.

With three years of home health care experience, and over 14 years in health care, Smith said he enjoys being a resource to the company's therapists.

"I get to go out to the patients' homes and help the physical and occupational therapists when they need me," said Smith, who has a master's degree in physical therapy from Wichita State University and a bachelor's in biological science from Emporia State.

"I love patient care and the kindness and relief in the patients when they get more independent and are safe to stay in their home."

Smith said his first project will be working on the Balanced for Life program, which he said has been proven to reduce the risk of re-hospitalization due to falls for the elderly.

" (I want to) get our therapists the skills and resources to help keep these people in trusting us with their care where they are happy and comfortable," Smith said.