When Rick De Bel started dating his soon-to-be wife Ellen in 1986, he also began a deeply rooted relationship with her place of employment – Christian Health Care Center (CHCC).
“I have Ellen to thank for introducing me to CHCC,” says Mr. De Bel, who served as Vice Chair of the Center’s Board of Trustees. “The Center’s level of care and loving kindness is unmatched by any facility of its kind in our area.”
In addition to his role as Vice Chair, Mr. De Bel also served as Chair of the Finance and Personnel committees. He still serves as long-time Co-chair of the Golf Classic Committee.
When his father Elias became a patient at CHCC, however, Mr. De Bel experienced the Center’s care and compassion first-hand. The elder De Bel was in The David F. Bolger Post-acute Care Unit (PACU) on several occasions before moving to The Longview Assisted Living Residence where Ellen, a registered nurse, is the Director of Health Services.
“When my stepmother passed away and it became evident that my father could not remain on his own, he simply stated that CHCC was his one and only choice because the care he received in the PACU was so wonderful,” Mr. De Bel says. “He enjoyed the same tremendous care at Longview until he passed away last year at the age of 93.”
As the Center looks toward the future and fulfilling the needs of the community with new and expanded programs, Mr. De Bel remains dedicated to supporting the organization he holds with much respect.
“When I’m asked to list the Center’s assets, I would have to say that the greatest are the extremely dedicated trustees, administration, and staff, all working together to deliver care driven by CHCC’s mission,” Mr. De Bel says. “A close second is the culture that has been engendered as a result of this dedication, a culture of loving care delivered by a professional, hard-working staff which is proud of its affiliation with CHCC.”