Sacred Heart celebrates 20 years
Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 4. The facility officially opened its doors Oct. 4, 1998.
A team of professionals, including nursing and auxiliary personnel, are headed by Gayle Yastrop, executive director; Diane Eck, director of nursing; and Kira Kichline, resident care director. The Sacred Heart team provides the facility’s residents with individual service and care to meet their needs while providing an at-home atmosphere.
“I remember the first day we opened our doors and welcomed our first resident,” recalled Yastrop, who has held her position for two decades.
Today, 130 residents call Sacred Heart home.
While there are residents enjoying the independent living status of the facility, many utilize the assisted living services. There is also a hospice at Sacred Heart.
“The average age of our residents is 90, some younger or older,” Yastrop said.
She is proud that three residents have celebrated their 100th birthday this year. The residency is mostly women.
The facility, at 602 E. 21st St., has its own specialized bus to transport patients for appointments they may have or even out to lunch at a restaurant.
At Sacred Heart, there are a host of activities and programs, including live entertainment, bingo and special presentations for those residents who served in the military. Therapy dogs visit the residents, as well as the feline and dog mascots who offer solace to the residents. Two chefs are on staff to meet the dietary needs of each resident.
“I have been living my dream and professional goal to care for seniors. The existence of this community has been built on the compassion, respect and genuine love for our residents. We are the heart of their journey,” Yastrop said.
Crediting the staff and personnel for their dedicated service that makes Sacred Heart so special, she said she is grateful for the past 20 years of special moments shared with the residents and men and women who make the facility a tight-knit group.
“In working for Sacred Heart Senior Living over the past 10 years, I have learned a lot through caring for each and every one of my residents,” Eck said. “The lessons I’ve learned from them will be things that I will carry with me through the rest of my life. Sacred Heart isn’t just a job to me; it is a place that I love to be, filled with staff and residents who I consider my family.”
“When I was hired at Sacred Heart Senior Living on March 2, 2007, I had no idea the impact this facility, the staff and the residents would have on my life,” Kichline added. “Sacred Heart Senior Living has become a second home to me, filled with people who I care for as if they were my own family.”
Audra Meckler, Sacred Heart chief financial officer, has also been at the facility since its opening.
“I have had the fortune of taking an active part in the growth of the Sacred Heart Senior Living community. But even as we grow, Sacred Heart Senior Living has always maintained that small community feel that embraces the ideals of truly caring for our residents, staff and a commitment to the local community,” she said.
The facility helped celebrate the milestone during a Retro Festival, held Sept. 15. Small private events are also being held for the staff.