A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday afternoon to commemorate a venture between The Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff and Valley Hospice, a division of Valley Home Care.
The Valley Hospice program offers a specialized inpatient hospice unit for end-of-life patients for whom home-based hospice care is not an option, according to CHCC Marketing Director Melanie Anthony. A designated nursing unit at CHCC offers patients compassionate round-the-clock care by a team of Valley Hospice and CHCC caregivers, she said.
The ceremony was held at the entrance of the unit and was attended by local dignitaries, including Congressman Scott Garrett and Wyckoff Mayor Christopher DePhillips and CHCC President and CEO Doug Struyk.
“I want to thank the Christian Health Care Center for providing such a valuable service to our community’s elderly residents and their families,” Garrett said after the ceremony Monday. “The excellent care and high quality living environment at the new facility shows a commitment to the principles and vision of its founders and supporters. I'm confident that the Valley Hospice that we’ve opened today will be a caring community that provides healing and comfort for those who need it most.”
Struyk called the occasion "a very important beginning in a new opportunity to serve the community."
“The Valley Health System and Christian Health Care Center, through its board of trustees and staff, have a long history of sharing tremendous values together," Struyk said. "That is why we have already seen success in the early start of this particular unit.”
President and CEO of The Valley Hospital Audrey Meyers expressed her gratitude to Struyk and CHCC leadership
"I think our patients are going to benefit tremendously by the relationship as they have over the years and even more so with the unit, which looks spectacular,” Meyers said.
The non-profit CHCC has been serving the community since 1911, providing a broad scope of mental-health and elder-care programs.