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Newark-Wayne Community Hospital Friends Gather for “Friends for the Day” Dedication & Ribbon-Cutting

September 15, 2010

staff from NWCH / DeMay Living Center at ribbon cutting for Adult Day Health CareAnnette Leahy, President of Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and DeMay Living Center emceed the program and welcomed many friends and special guests to the dedication and official ribbon-cutting of the new home of “Friends for the Day” Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) program this past Thursday, September 9th.  Senator Michael Nozzolio, Congressman Dan Maffei, Assemblyman Bob Oaks, Mark Klyczek, Administrator of DeMay Living Center and Christine Stalker, Director of the program all spoke about the importance of providing the appropriate care for adults needing these services and how this program can now provide this care for more people in the community. Guests were moved by Ida Dick, a participant in the program who spoke of her own experience and how the program has helped to make her life easier and has helped all of the participants who come to the program for care.

“They (the ADHC Team Members) are so kind and they help us so much,” said Ida Dick. “They have made my life better. This place is special and these people are special - they really care about us. I can’t say enough about the program.”

“I’m proud to be a member of this team that sees caring for our elderly as they would for their own family as the standard,” said Mark Klyczek, the new Administrator of DeMay Living Center. “The program is not only providing care in the way that satisfies the participants and their families as is evidenced in surveys; the program helps to maintain the participants' independence, avoiding a stay in a nursing home.”

"Vital Research" a company that benchmarks Long Term Care and Adult Day Health Care programs nationally ranked “Friends for the Day” in the top 2% in the country and the program has been in the top 10% for the past few years in participant and family member satisfaction.
 “Many factors have caused a growth in the need for Adult Day Health Care programs,” said Christine Stalker, Director of Adult Day Health Care. Stalker was instrumental in proving the need for a larger, more participant-focused space. “We were cramped in our former space and had a waiting list because we were unable to accept any new participants.”

“Friends for the Day,” a DeMay Living Center Program, celebrated its 19th anniversary this past spring.

“There are so many individuals who live alone - with family members or other caregivers trying to help meet all of the medical, nutritional, recreational and social needs for them," Stalker added. "This can be very difficult. We have a great team which is totally focused on our participants’ and their caregivers’ satisfaction. This new building will enable us to help 19 more Wayne County residents and their families. Anyone who is interested in finding out about our program and seeing our new “home” should come for a tour and should meet our Team Members.”

The new center is located at the rear of the Hospital campus on Candy Apple Lane nearly across from the Out-Patient Services entrance. The program provides vital services to adults requiring: health monitoring and care; rehabilitation, socialization, recreation, personal care and other services.

For more information or for a tour, contact Christine Stalker at (315) 332-2317.