The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce recently honored the Bishop Wicke Health Center and Rehabilitation Center.
Owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a local not-for-profit organization, the center is on the 39-acre Wesley Village Campus on Long Hill Avenue.
It opened in 1968 and offers independent and assisted living at Crosby Commons and Wesley Heights.
It redesigned the nursing stations which "removed the physical barriers that prevent families and residents and wheelchairs to connect with staff," according to the awards presenter.
"Today, the nursing stations have evolved into 'interdisciplinary work centers' and encourage interaction between staff, residents, families and guests."
Upright sitting and dining areas, therapy rooms, new furniture, lighting and art work were also added.
"Bishop Wicke received a waiver from the state for this project that was considered 'out of the box' for its innovative design," the speaker said.
It was selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top nursing homes in America for 2013.