Third Annual Joseph and Julia Quinlan award presented in Atlantic City Conference

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DATE: June 14, 2009
CONTACT: Dr. Roxanne Debski- Seigel
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
PHONE: 973-383-0115 FAX 973-383-6889


Julia Quinlan & Onajovwe O. Fofah MD

PHOTO: Julia Quinlan presenting third annual Joseph and Julia Quinlan award at the 2009 Rutgers End of Life Conference held in Atlantic City to Onajovwe O. Fofah MD, FAAP. Dr Fofah was trained in Nigeria, his country of birth, and is Board Certified both in Pediatrics and Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine. Dr. Fofah is Assistant Professor/Attending Neonatologist at UMDNJ/New Jersey Medical School, Newark.

Third Annual Joseph and Julia Quinlan award presented in Atlantic City Conference

Atlantic City-June 14, 2009- The State University College of Nursing sponsored its Fourth Annual Conference of the New Jersey End-of-Life and Palliative Care Education Consortium (NJ-ELNEC) on May 18-19th at the Sheraton Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ. The theme this year was “What Is the Future of End of Life and Palliative Care?”

In March of 2006 the First Rutgers Conference of the NJ End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium was held where Julia Quinlan had the distinct honor of being the Keynote Speaker. Julia Quinlan is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, located in Newton NJ.

In 2007, the Rutgers College of Nursing initiated the Joe and Julia Quinlan award.

The award represents recognition of a NJ lay person, professional or volunteer who has made a significant difference in the provision of palliative care and end-of-life care. Julia Quinlan was the first honoree and accepted the award in memory of my beloved husband Joe.

In May, 2009 Julia Quinlan presented this esteemed award to Onajovwe O. Fofah MD, FAAP. of the Circle of Life Palliative Care Program. Dr. Fofah instituted the first Neonatal Palliative Care program in NJ which serves the smallest and most vulnerable of the hospice patient population, and their families. The award acknowledged his skillful insight, unhurried compassion and quiet grace as he serves the patients and their families. He is described as “a humble man that has made a significant difference in the provision of palliative care and end of life care. I felt privileged and proud to present the award to Dr. Fofah.” stated Quinlan.

Mrs. Quinlan continued “The tradition of presenting the award to a worthy individual is very meaningful to me. It serves as a reminder to us all the true meaning of hospice. For almost thirty years the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has felt it a privilege to share the most precious moments at a most difficult time in the life of patient and family.”

Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill, Bereavement for those who have lost loved ones and Home Care assistance for recovery patients. For Northern NJ and PA, please call 800 882 1117 to reach any of our services. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ, Karen Ann Quinlan Home Health Care, 755 Memorial Parkway, Phillipsburg, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 315 West Harford St., Milford, PA. For all programs and events or for more information please visit their web site

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