March 18, 2020
The Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is working closely with local, state and federal agencies to respond to potential cases of novel Corona Virus or COVID-19. As you are aware, cases of COVID -19, the disease caused by this coronavirus, have occurred in growing numbers both globally and in the USA. The situation is evolving, but what we do know is that reducing the spread of this virus and reducing the risk to our employees, volunteers, patients, families and community members is our utmost priority.
We have implemented our Emergency Operations Plan, effective March 12, 2020.
The Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice will continue with its operations, as usual, adhering to CDC guidelines for infection control and visitation. Direct fieldwork staff will be working remotely and visiting patients to and from their own homes. The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center will be closed to in-person sessions and groups meetings, effective March 16, 2020.
Our offices and Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice remain open, with social distancing and revised visitation protocols put into place, per local, state and federal mandates.
Necessary meetings and trainings will be held by telephone conferencing. Elevated sanitizing procedures have been implemented.
Providing care to our patients and families will continue, as it has for the past 40 years. These emergency preemptive measures will stay in place as long as deemed necessary.
The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation Board of Directors, staff and volunteers maintain our continued commitment to our mission and the people we are privileged to serve.
Marlina Schetting, MSW, LCSW, CT
Chief Operating Officer
Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice