July 20, 2016
Cecelia Clayton, MPH, Executive Director of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice was awarded the “Women in Business Award” at the 31st Annual Quality in Business, Quality in Living awards dinner held at Crystal Springs Country Club earlier this year. The award was established by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and acknowledged community leaders in 17 categories for their contributions to the quality of life in the community and workplace.
Clayton was awarded in recognition of her established track record of significant accomplishments in the community and business. Clayton has worked for Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and the community in various capacities since July 1990. As Director of Volunteers, Clayton initiated many of the organizations bereavement education groups which eventually led to the creation of The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center in 2000. The center ensures that bereavement programs are available not only to hospice families, but to anyone in the community that is grieving a loss through death. To-date there are three centers in Newton, Hackettstown and Milford, PA.
In 2002 Clayton was named the Executive Director at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. Under her tenure the hospice has achieved growth from a small hospice of fewer than 50 patients a day in Northwest NJ to one that is now licensed and operates in two states, NJ and PA and the Home for Hospice in Fredon which can accept patients nationwide.