Roses to be placed for Memorial Day

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in partnership with Lisa’s Stone Brook Florist will honor our fallen military, late veterans and their spouses who are interred at the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sparta, NJ on Saturday, May 29th.


On the 29th from 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. staff and volunteers from Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice will join others who over Memorial Day weekend will place a rose at veterans  gravesites in honor of their service in this nationwide event.


Memorial Day began after the Civil War and was originally called Decoration Day. Each year on this day we honor those who risked or sacrificed their lives while protecting and fighting for our country. On Saturday, volunteers will place a flower in front of each headstone while quietly reading the inscription and then thanking the person for their service.


Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is a Level 5 “We Honor Veterans” partner. “We Honor Veterans,” is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Level 5 is the highest level WHV partners can attain and includes required community education activities and yearly recertification. Currently, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is the only organization in New Jersey with this designation.


As a partner, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is provides 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.


“We are happy to start a new tradition in 2021 to honor our Veterans,” said Jacqui Gieske, Director of Social Services at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. “We are hoping to bring back the original meaning of Memorial Day.”


There are currently 337 interments at the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sparta and we will place a rose on both the Veteran’s and spouse grave if they too are interred there. “Our Veteran’s families have made tremendous sacrifices, and we want to be sure to honor their service too,” said Gieske.


We are inviting community members who would like help place roses to contact us at 973-383-0115 ext. 145. This is a meaningful memorial and is a great way to pay tribute and honor those who have given so much for our Country.


The roses are being provided by Lisa’s Stone Brook Florist of Branchville, NJ. “It is such an honor to be a part of this Memorial Day tribute,” said Lisa O’Hara of Stone Brook Florist. “The sacrifices of these heroes will never be forgotten.”


Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice will also hold a community screening of “15 Things Veterans Want you to Know,” on Friday, May 28th via Facebook livestream at 11a. This informative video by PsychArmor and was created to educate anyone who works with, lives with, or cares for our military Veterans. PsychArmor asked hundreds of Veterans what they wanted civilians, employers, educators, health care providers, and therapists to know about them. These comments were used to create the topics of this course including 5 Questions You Should Always Ask Veterans, 1 Question You Should Never Ask Veterans, and 15 Facts that promote greater understanding of our Veterans. More information can be found on our website at or by calling 973-383-0115 ext. 145

NHPCO Announces Providers Successfully Earning Quality Connections Rings in First Quarter of 2021

Thirty-three hospice providers progress through NHPCO’s innovative quality improvement program


(Alexandria, Va) – The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is proud to share the organizations that have earned at least one ring in the first quarter of the Quality Connections (QC) program. QC a new program from NHPCO designed to enhance the knowledge base, skills, and competency of hospice and palliative care professionals and providers for continuous quality improvement. QC is structured around four fundamental pillars which are represented by four QC rings: Education, Application, Measurement, and Innovation.

Quality Connections is a national program designed to support hospice and palliative care provider delivery of high-quality, person centered care.   The program goals are to enhance the knowledge base, skills, and competency of hospice and palliative care staff through education, tools, resources, and opportunities for engagement and interaction among hospice and palliative care quality professionals.

As of April 15, 2021, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has earned their Education Ring. Each Ring has specific activities incorporating practical resources to progressively track and improve both clinical and organizational quality. Activities such as quarterly data reporting and benchmarking, NHPCO’s E-Online courses, peer case studies, and engagement will be part of an organization’s quality journey. Additionally, participants will find activities that are focused on promoting diversity, access and inclusion within your organization and with the communities you serve.

“These providers are demonstrating their commitment to quality patient- and family-centered care. It is not enough to simply say that one is interested in quality; one must step up to demonstrate it. These providers have taken an important step in improving their quality of care. This matters to patients, families, payers and providers,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.