Wyckoff resident and Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) employee Carol Hertenstein, RN, was recently re-elected as President of the Wyckoff Board of Health. Ms. Hertenstein is the Utilization Review Director at CHCC’s Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital in Wyckoff. She has worked at CHCC for 21 years and works closely with multiple departments to ensure the verification, eligibility, and benefit status of individuals who seek our care. She is responsible for monitoring how our services are utilized, and in turn, makes recommendations as to ways we can continue to best meet the needs of those we serve.
The Wyckoff Board of Health provides residents of Wyckoff education on health and disease prevention, working closely with the local Health Officer. The board of health also provides guidance and resources for Wyckoff seniors and others who require assistance, as well as participates in the annual Wyckoff Day at the Wyckoff Family YMCA. In addition, the board of health offers the annual Influenza Prevention Program and health fair held each October. The health fair offers a number of services, including hearing assessment, and information on stress management and mental-health issues, and attracts a number of community vendors, such as pharmacy services, physical therapists, local physicians, and nutritionists.
“This past year Carol took on the job of president of the board of health filling the very large shoes of Dorothy Voorman-Fish who knew the needs of Wyckoff like the back of her hand,” said Linda Brock, RN, who is also a volunteer member of the Wyckoff Board of Health. “Carol rose to the occasion during Hurricane Sandy. She truly epitomized the word ‘servant.’ Not only does CHCC have a valuable employee in Carol, but the town of Wyckoff is blessed to have someone who is dedicated to serving the health-care needs of this community.”
When CHCC opened its doors to the community during the hurricane, Ms. Hertenstein was instrumental in guiding the Wyckoff Board of Health volunteers during those difficult days.
“I was so impressed to see Carol’s passion and energy actively invested into the needs of those presenting themselves to the police and/or arriving at our shelter,” said Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, CHCC President and CEO. “She helped the community to stay safe and warm during a very challenging time.”
“Carol has worked very hard to continue the outstanding history of excellence the Wyckoff Board of Health has had to the health and welfare of our great community,” said Steven Clarke, DC, who also serves as a volunteer member of the Wyckoff Board of Health. “Her dedication to educate and improve the health of all citizens is a testament to the dedication of Carol and all the hard-working volunteers in our community.”
The non-profit CHCC has been serving the community since 1911, providing a broad scope of mental-health and elder-care programs.