We are honored when families choose us for their loved one’s final journey. We recognize each patient and situation is different, and our team goes above and beyond. We are sharing some comments and stories that set Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice apart.
“At last I am an American!”
Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice patient Nelly Tafferelli receiving her citizen’s papers. Nelly Tafferelli came to this country from Argentina in 1992 and dreamed of becoming a U.S. citizen ever since.
Her efforts, even when assisted by friends and family, weren’t enough. Thanks to the team from Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice: Jackie Shepard, Social Services, Marlina Schetting, Social Services Director and Nancy Lombreglia, RN, Nelly’s dream is now a reality. On her behalf they contacted Congressman Scott Garrett and with the help from his office some of the red tape got unstuck.
She passed her citizenship test and attended her swearing in ceremony all while wearing pink pajamas!
Due to Nelly’s terminal illness, Officer Steve Sprinkler of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services administered the citizenship test to her at home where she was able to answer questions in comfort and confidence.
Afterwards, she celebrated and blew out eighteen candles (one for each year here), ate some cheesecake, and sang “God Bless America”.
“At last I am an American!” she chortled in delight.