FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS - BETH AND NAYELIS IMAGE

Friends of Karen Social Worker Beth Ferrari and 13-month-old Nayelis during a hospital visit.

For Health Professionals

  • Friends of Karen was founded in 1978 by one compassionate woman, Sheila Petersen, who rallied her local community to help one family bring their daughter, Karen MacInnes, home from the hospital to live her remaining days with her family.
  • We have 14 full-time and 9 part-time staff members -- and more than 150 active volunteers.
  • Our unique case management approach enables Friends of Karen to assist the entire family based on their individual financial and emotional needs.
  • Our social work staff works with most hospitals in the New York tri-state region.

 

"There can be nothing worse in this world than a family witnessing the suffering of their child with a life threatening illness.  Friends of Karen continues to be there for them.  The financial, professional and emotional support that the organization provides during these difficult times is literally a life-preserver for these families."
David T. Hannan, MD, MPA, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York

 

For Health Professionals

For Health Professionals
For Health Professionals

The vast majority of families who come to Friends of Karen for assistance are referred through a hospital social worker. This section will help health professionals determine whether a family is eligible for our assistance, and understand our referral procedures. As a partner in helping these families, you are key to this process.

The initial referral for a family should come through their hospital social worker. This will ensure that families meet our guidelines before the family contacts Friends of Karen. This step is important so that the family does not make an unnecessary call only to find out that they are not eligible for our assistance. Our downloadable brochure provides an outline of our services and application procedure.

 

 

Contact Information

To refer a family, please call (212) 308-1378 ext.3.

After the initial referral is made by the hospital social worker, the family must contact Friends of Karen directly at (212) 308-1378 ext.3 with a Friends of Karen social worker.

An intake assessment will be conducted with the family by phone, and an application will be sent to them  after the assessment is completed. Friends of Karen cannot provide any services before a completed application is received and our social workers have assessed a family’s need.

 

 

In-Services Available Upon Request

If you would like a Friends of Karen social worker to visit your facility and outline our services to you or your staff, please email Randi Jaffe or call (212) 308-1378 ext.3.

 

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