July 6, 2018
Christopher R. Woop of Oak Ridge, NJ, passed away almost a year ago on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon, NJ. Wanting to find some way to give back to the organization who helped Chris find comfort in his final days his wife, Elizabeth (Beth) Woop asked home administrator, Beth Sylvester what was needed at the home.
A new State law requires that all patient records be kept in a fireproof file cabinet that can be quickly relocated and accessible in case of an emergency. As this was a new regulation the organization had not yet purchased the item. Beth generously agreed to purchase the file cabinet which cost $1,000.
Recently, Beth and her sister Amy Snouffer of Sparta visited the Home for Hospice to see the cart and the special plaque that will be installed on it as a memorial in Chris’s name.
“I felt that I needed to do something to give back in some way for all that we received,” said Woop. “They were so good to us here.”
The Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice is the only freestanding in-patient hospice provider in the area. The home offers 10 private rooms overlooking the stunning vistas of the Waterwheel Farm.
“We are so grateful to Beth and her family for their help in purchasing this needed piece of equipment,” said Sylvester, home administrator. “When we use it, we will remember Chris and his family.”
The Home for Hospice is designed to ensure that individuals receive excellent care amid a home-like setting while family members and friends may visit anytime to be with a loved one during their final days.
“At the Home for Hospice the atmosphere was so peaceful. As soon as Chris was admitted the nurses knew exactly what to do to make him comfortable. He was admitted directly from a hospital, and the five days that he was in the hospital were some of hardest to endure,” said Woop.
“I researched the home for hospice online and watched the video tour. I knew this was the place for Chris. When I found out there was a room available we moved Chris here immediately. The nurses understood what we were going through. They not only cared for Chris, but for the entire family.”
Chris was born on May 1, 1969 in the Bronx, NY to Judith (nee O’Rourke) and the late Robert Woop. He was raised in Butler, NJ and graduated from Butler High School in 1987. For the last 30-years he was the owner of Woop Brothers landscaping.