“We believe in Christian Health Care Center.”
This simple, genuine statement by Richard Moynihan explains why he and his wife Lindsey have remained steadfast supporters of the Center.
“As residents of Franklin Lakes we know the facility and what is being done here. We know that the Center strives to do good things for people and strives to grow. We know what the Center represents and that it is truly a community,” he further explains. “The care and compassion of the staff and volunteers validate the Center’s mission to provide health, healing, and wellness for all ages.”
The Moynihans have been supporters of Christian Health Care Center for many years, well before Mrs. Moynihan’s mother moved to Hillcrest Residence in 1989. Hillcrest is the Center’s residence offering supportive housing for independent seniors.
“My mother, who is originally from Virginia, where I was raised, was reluctant to moving to Hillcrest; however, two days after she moved in, she was perfectly content, and thereafter considered Hillcrest her home. She absolutely fell in love with Hillcrest and the people, and so did I. The staff and other residents could not have been sweeter, kinder, and more understanding,” Mrs. Moynihan says.
When her mother required more care because of progressing Alzheimer’s disease, she moved to the Center’s Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
“When we walked through the doors for the first time at Heritage Manor with my mother-in-law, the compassion was immediately apparent,” Mr. Moynihan says. “The reception that we all received was amazing.”
After her mother passed away in 2001, Mrs. Moynihan continued to visit Heritage Manor residents with her two Maltese dogs as part of the pet-therapy program. One day she stopped to see Douglas A. Struyk, the Center’s President and CEO.
“I told him that we were very appreciative of all that Christian Health Care Center did for my mother and that if there was ever anything that Dick or I could do, please don’t hesitate to call me,” she says. “About nine months later, Mr. Struyk called to say that the Center was creating a Foundation and he asked if I would be a board member. I said I would be honored.”
Mrs. Moynihan served on the Foundation board for six years. She and her husband have also generously shared their time and talent with their church, Christ Episcopal in Ridgewood. Additionally, Mr. Moynihan has served on numerous boards of Valley Health System. In 2015, the couple served as Co-chairs of A Celebration of Excellence for Christian Health Care Center. During this annual event, the Center honors individuals and organizations with the David F. Bolger Award for Service and Leadership. Honorees in 2015 were Douglas H. Dittrick and Rev. David P. Krentel (posthumously).
“We are dedicated to organizations whose missions we believe in,” Mr. Moynihan says. “Christian Health Care Center is very cognizant of its mission, and takes great effort to fulfill it. The Center has soul. The staff here is genuine. There’s no pretense.”
Adds Mrs. Moynihan, “My mother was cared for in body, mind, and soul. I never worried about her while she lived here because the Center keeps the family informed about the resident’s condition.”