Hospice Honors


Photo by Paul Wheeler- Shown at the Quinlan Hospice awards ceremony Thursday at Panther Valley are, from left: Sue Dell, R.N., Excellence in Care Award; Honorable Paul W. Armstrong, J.S.C. Ret.), Pioneer Award; Lucian Fletcher Jr., M.D., Founder Award; Cecelia T. Clayton, MPH, Excellence in Leadership Award, and Skip Klimas, Heart of Hospice Award. Not shown are Noel Balch and Frances Howe, Spirit of Hospice Award.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice’s friends, staff, volunteers and supporters joined together on April 28 at the Panther Valley Golf Club to celebrate those individuals who have advanced the cause of hospice in our community and beyond. Lucian Fletcher Jr., M.D., received the Founder Award for his almost four decades of service as a board member. Skip Klimas, owner of S.K. Paper Shred, received the Heart of Hospice Award for his tireless fundraising for hospice. Hospice volunteers Noel Balch and Frances Howe received the Spirit of Hospice Award for their almost 20 years of service as hospice volunteers. Sue Dell, RN, long-time nursing supervisor and clinical manager, received the Excellence in Care Award.

Cecelia T. Clayton, MPH, received the Excellence in Leadership Award for her service as executive director for more than a decade.

Honorable Paul W. Armstrong, J.S.C. (Ret.), received the Pioneer Award for his more than 40 years of work advancing the cause of patients’ rights.

Robert Vandenbergh, chief operating officer of presenting sponsor Lakeland Bank, served as emcee for the event. The music was supplied by DJ Ray Cordts.

Other major sponsors included Newton Medical Center, Contral Security, Eastern Propane, Lion Technology, Regional Cancer Care Associates LLC and Smith-McCracken Funeral Home.

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