If Douglas H. Dittrick believes in a cause or organization, his support and enthusiasm for it are steadfast. He has made significant contributions – locally, nationally, and globally – as a businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist.
Following his graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University, Doug completed flight school and began what he thought would be a career flying jets for the Air National Guard. But General Electric extended an offer to join its traveling auditing staff. Eventually he was charged with starting GE’s Cablevision system, which launched an award-winning career in cable television. Mr. Dittrick served as Chairman of the National Cable Television Association, was named Executive of the Year by Cable Television Business magazine, received the Vanguard Award for outstanding contributions to the cable-television industry, and was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. In 1986, Mr. Dittrick, who has three children and nine grandchildren, founded Douglas Communications Corp. II to acquire and operate cable-television companies.
Mr. Dittrick remains actively involved with his alma mater. He was Director of the Alumni Association for 10 years, serving two as its President. He was elected to the university’s Board of Trustees and served as Vice Chair and Chair. He received the Alumni Award and was inducted into the Founders Circle.
Mr. Dittrick is a member of Phi Gamma Delta and served as an Archon Councilor, Vice President, and Archon President. He was elected to the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation and served as Foundation Chairman for three years.
Mr. Dittrick is also a leader with the American Red Cross and Boys Scouts of America. He was a six-year member of the American Red Cross Board of Governors, Chairman of the Bergen-Hudson Chapter, and Chair of the New Jersey State Service Council.
Mr. Dittrick served as President of the Boy Scouts of America Northeast Region and Chairman of the Ridgewood-Glen Rock Council. A current member of the scouts’ National Executive Board, he has received the Silver Buffalo, Silver Antelope, and Silver Beaver awards and is a Baden Powell Fellow. Most recently, he received the Health Care Good Scout Award from the Northern New Jersey Council.
Mr. Dittrick’s commitment to youth is also illustrated by nearly a decade of service – including five as President – to the Ridgewood Board of Education. He is Former Chairman of the Board of Theo’s Work, an orphanage in Haiti with more than 550 boys and schools for 1,400 youth in the area of Les Cayes, Haiti.
Mr. Dittrick is Former Chairman of The Valley Hospital Foundation. He also served as Board Chairman of Valley Health System and of The Valley Hospital. He was a board member of Children’s Aid and Family Services and of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame, President of the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club, and an Elder in the Community Church of Upper Ridgewood.
Mr. Dittrick’s introduction to Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) was at a “get-acquainted” event. Even though he only lived four miles from the Center, it was the first time he had visited the campus.
“Even though I only live four miles from the Center, it was the first time I had visited the campus,” Mr. Dittrick says. “I was very impressed. At the time, I was Chairman of The Valley Hospital Board of Trustees and I thought I knew all about medical care in Bergen County.”
Following his visit, Mr. Dittrick started to meet individuals whose loved ones were residents, patients, or clients at the Center.
“I started to learn more about Christian Health Care Center,” he says, “and I began to recognize that the care provided is outstanding.”
In 2010, Mr. Dittrick was invited to join the CHCC Foundation Board of Trustees by then-Chair Garry Dykhouse. The men served together for many years at the American Red Cross. As a trustee he has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of and funds for CHCC. He is proud of the Center’s outstanding reputation and its employees, whom he admires for their dedication to the Center and the care they provide.
“As a CHCC Foundation trustee, my role was to raise awareness of and funds for the organization,” says Mr. Dittrick, who served on the board for five years. “Those tasks are aided by the fact that the Center’s greatest assets are its outstanding reputation and its employees. They are very enthusiastic about the Center and the care they provide.”
In 2015, CHCC honored Mr. Dittrick with the David F. Bolger Award for Service and Leadership during A Celebration of Excellence.