LaCouture named to Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Board

Julia Quinlan, Co-Founder and CEO at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie LaCouture to the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Board. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is a not-for-profit organization which provides a full continuum of high quality medical, emotional and spiritual services to hospice patients, their family members and the community.

Jamie is the Community Relations and Tradeshow Supervisor at Thorlabs where she oversees charitable giving, volunteerism, domestic tradeshows, and a variety of internal projects. She coordinates participation in events such as local athletic events, trail clean-ups, mentoring local students, and a variety of other fundraisers. Jamie seeks to drive employee engagement by connecting employees with causes they are passionate about and are willing to contribute to. Additionally, she works with her international counterparts to ensure that the company’s products are adequately represented and displayed at all tradeshows within the United States.

Jamie sees to the needs of the community regularly. She deliberately leverages her connections at Thorlabs to help focus on integrating academics, youth development, community engagement, and social services into the Newton area as well as surrounding townships, a vision-driven from Thorlabs’ owner and founder, Alex Cable.

As a lifelong resident of Sussex County, Jamie is honored to serve with many local nonprofits in the community. Her interests include efforts directed at humanity, animal welfare, and education. She sits on the Foundation Board at Sussex County Community College and is also a trustee of the SCARC Foundation and the Center for Prevention and Counseling.

Jamie holds a Master’s Degree in Management, Strategy, and Leadership from Michigan State University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communication Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In her free time, she loves gardening, drawing, painting, hiking, and spending time with her family and pets.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Reaches Highest Level of National Program to Provide Veteran-Centric Hospice Care

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice delivers Veteran-centric care to our Community

(NEWTON – NJ) – Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is proud to announce it is now a Level 5 Partner with We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Level 5 is the highest level WHV partners can attain and includes several new required activities and yearly recertification.


As a partner, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is providing specialized care to Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness. Aside from existing partner requirements, Level 5 partners place a greater emphasis on staff education and caring for Vietnam-era and combat Veterans. Additionally, Level 5 partners take on the role of regional mentor to other WHV partners working to enhance their programs.


“When we set out to create the Level 5 program we knew that it had to be different to truly showcase the efforts needed to go above and beyond. Not only have you demonstrated your commitment, but you have helped shape the program and have continued as an example of what all hospice partners should strive to be,” said NHPCO President & CEO Edo Banach.


NHPCO and the Department of Veterans Affairs launched We Honor Veterans in 2010 to address the growing need for Veteran-centered care, especially as Veterans are aging and need access to palliative and hospice care.


Learn more about the We Honor Veterans program at To learn more about the program at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice please contact Jacqui Gieske, “We Honor Veterans” committee coordinator at 973-383-0115 ext. 126.

Five Ways Hospice Can Help

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice – Let us help.

The vast majority of Americans say what they want at the end of life is to die in their own homes, as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The hospice philosophy is about making sure that a patient’s death experience reflects their wishes. Here are five ways that Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice helps to deliver this:


We give you comfort. The staff at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice are experts at managing life- limiting illness. Our team ensures that medication, therapies and treatments all support a care plan that is centered on the patient’s goals. And our services can be offered wherever the patient calls home, allowing friends and family to visit freely—something they might not be able to do in a hospital ICU setting.

Hospice gives you peace. Beyond physical relief, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice strives to help patients and families find emotional and spiritual comfort during what is often a very traumatic time. We are able to provide families with counselors, therapists, spiritual care advisors and bereavement professionals who can best support their struggles with death and grieving. These services are part of the hospice benefit, covered by Medicare, Medicaid or most private insurances


Hospice gives you something extra. Hospice is not only about compassionate medical care and control of pain. Art and music therapists inspire joy; pet therapy and massages are offered in addition to many other programs.


Hospice gives caregivers guidance. Most families are not prepared to face the death of a loved one. In addition to caring for patients, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice also offers services for families and loved ones that provide emotional support and advice to help family members become confident caregivers and adjust to the future with grief  support for up to a year.


Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice gives you more. Be it more joy, more love, or more quality of life in general, the goal of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is to offer patients the ability to enjoy the time they have remaining, and create meaningful memories for their families. We offer more moments of life.