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Van Dyk Ridgewood Caregiver Honored With ‘Caregiver of the Year’ by Health Care Association of New Jersey


Valerie McCants of Van Dyk Health Care, Inc. receives ‘Caregiver of the Year’ award from Paul Langevin, president of the Health Care Association of New Jersey (HCANJ). (PRNewsFoto/Van Dyk Health Care, Inc.)

Van Dyk Ridgewood Caregiver Honored With ‘Caregiver of the Year’ by Health Care Association of New Jersey
By Van Dyk Health Care, Inc.
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 – 11:08 am

RIDGEWOOD, N.J., Jan. 16, 2014 –/PRNewswire/ — Van Dyk Health Care, Inc. ( is pleased to announce that Valerie McCants, certified nurse aide (CNA) at Van Dyk Ridgewood, has been honored by The Health Care Association of New Jersey(HCANJ) with its esteemed ‘Caregiver of the Year’ award. McCants has been employed by Van Dyk Ridgewood since 1989.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Valerie,” said Mary Jo Kurtz, COO and Administrator of Van Dyk Ridgewood. “Her positive attitude and dedication to caring permeates throughout Van Dyk Health Care, the long-term profession as a whole and to the community at large. We are fortunate to have her on our team; but more importantly, our patients and residents are fortunate to have her as their caregiver.”

Each year, HCANJ (of which Van Dyk’s is also a member), accepts nominations from member organizations across the state. Yet, only one person from the hundreds of nominations received is awarded ‘Caregiver of The Year.’ The successful candidate must exhibit outstanding contributions in support of the long-term care profession, as well as demonstrate enhancement of the health and/or quality of life for patients and residents. Specifically, McCants had to meet the following criteria:

Be a resident advocate and exceed the call of duty in advocating for residents.
Demonstrate Innovative and creative contributions to improve the health and or quality of life of residents.
Demonstrates effective communication with residents, families and other staff.

To commemorate McCants’ achievements, HCANJ presented her with a distinguished plaque at its annual awards ceremony, held October 29, 2013 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

“The role of a certified nurse aide is one of the toughest in the industry; yet somehow, Valerie makes it seem easy,” said Robert Van Dyk, president and CEO of Van Dyk Health Care, Inc.  “Her attitude and the way she continually goes ‘above and beyond’ for patients, residents and their families is not just a job, but a vocation. This award is well-earned and well-deserved of a wonderful caregiver who is dedicated to her profession, as well as the people in her care.”

For more information, please contact Van Dyk Health Care at 201.445.8200.

The “We Care” Mission of Van Dyk Health Care

Van Dyk Health Care, Inc. is a family of three facilities located in northern New Jersey: Van Dyk Ridgewood, Van Dyk Montclair and Van Dyk Park Place. Founded in 1953, the organization has built an unsurpassed reputation for excellence in care, that began with  Marvin Van Dyk, and continues today with his son, Robert Van Dyk and his dedicated staff – all who share a mission  of delivering quality care services to others in need, whether it be short-stay services or longer-term assisted or chronic care. Today, Van Dyk Health Care has grown to offer the full continuum of care services, including post-acute, assisted living, skilled nursing and long-term chronic care. The organization is committed to working closely with its hospital and medical partners to ensure its short-stay patients return home quickly and safely. Learn more at or 201.445.8200.