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Candy Van Dyke, RN, started her healthcare career in 1971 as a nurse caring for patients at the hospital bedside. Today, as executive director of Adventist Health Care at Home, Van Dyke is responsible for managing 112 employees who provide exceptional care for more than 400 patients on any given day. While she’s witnessed many changes over the years, one thing has not changed: Van Dyke’s commitment to Adventist Midwest Health’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.
“Candy considers challenges to be opportunities that God has given her,” said Van Dyke’s supervisor, Thomas J. Williams, regional vice president and chief administrative officer, Adventist Midwest Health.
Home care includes a range of health and social services delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill persons in need of medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment and/or support and assistance with the essential activities of daily living that cannot easily be provided solely by family and friends.
Burr Ridge-based Adventist Health Care at Home has served patients in Cook, DuPage, Will and Kane counties since 1981. The number of patients served has grown as hospital stays have decreased, causing an increasing number of patients to need highly skilled services when they return home, and as more senior citizens are choosing to live independent, non-institutionalized lives.
Van Dyke has worked in home care since 1986 and came to Adventist Midwest Health in 2001. Her employees appreciate her leadership; for the past two years Van Dyke has achieved the 75th percentile in employee engagement. For her commitment to Adventist Midwest Health’s mission, Van Dyke was one of five Adventist Midwest Health leaders to receive the organization’s pillar award at the quarterly leadership development institute June 22.
Van Dyke lives in Chicago’s South Loop and is active in her church, Willow Creek Chicago Community Church. She also has served on the Illinois Homecare and Hospice Council’s education committee for four years.
“Coming to work every day is a blessing,” Van Dyke said. “I think of what our staff does for our patients when I reflect on Jesus’ words, ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
Pillar award nominations are solicited from Adventist Midwest Health’s senior leadership team. To be eligible, nominees must demonstrate commitment to the organization’s “S.H.A.R.E.” standards of behavior: Sense, Help, Acknowledge, Respect and Explain. They must also demonstrate measurable results on the quarterly goals set for their departments. These goals are organized under the seven categories, or pillars, of spiritual life, people, clinical, service, community, growth and stewardship.
Adventist Health Care at Home is located at 8230 S. Madison Street, Burr Ridge. For more information, call (630) 856-6901.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.