Clayton named Hospice Director of the Year

Press Release


DATE: June 7, 2012
CONTACT: Dr. Roxanne Debski- Seigel
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
Offices in Newton & Phillipsburg, NJ & Milford PA.
PHONE: 973-383-0115
TOLL FREE: 800-882-1117
FAX: 973-383-6889

Cecilia Clayton & Stella Hardy

PHOTO: (R) Cecelia Clayton, MPH, Executive Director of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice receives applause and smiles from the audience after (L) Stella Hardy, RN, CHPN of Compassionate Care and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, presented Clayton the 2012 Hospice Director of the Year Award at the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Annual Spirit of Hospice Awards Dinner.

Clayton named Hospice Director of the Year

Eatontown, NJ- June 6th, 2012 – The New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the New Jersey Hospice Foundation presented Cecelia T. Clayton of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice with the Hospice Director of the Year award at their 15th annual Spirit of Hospice Awards Dinner held on June 6th at the Sheraton Eatontown.

Clayton has been with the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice for over 20 years and as Executive Director administers over three hospice locations located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Prior to being appointed Executive Director, Clayton worked in many capacities including Volunteer and Bereavement director. Under those titles she initiated many programs including the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center, a teen grief camp, children’s art grief program, a widow/widower workshop, and a grief lecture series of her own design. With her husband Rich, both avid motorcyclists, she participates in the annual Chilly Chili run sponsored by the Blue Knights chapter IX held every New Year’s Day, and along with the Ogdensburg Fire Department have raised this year alone $11,000.00 for the hospice. Clayton’s leadership in the use of technology for nursing staff led to Thornberry naming her system manager of the year in 2010. Having served as Executive Director of the hospice for the past decade, the agency has quadrupled its patience census. “This award is not about me, but with the people with whom I am surrounded and come to do the work of hospice everyday”. Clayton continued, “I could not accomplish this on my own”.

The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill, Bereavement for those who have lost loved ones and Home Care assistance for recovery patients. Serving North and Northwest NJ and the Pike County area PA; please call 800 882 1117 to reach any of our services. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ, Karen Ann Quinlan Home Health Care, 755 Memorial Parkway, Phillipsburg, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, PA. For programs, events, and more information visit


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