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Horizon House will continue to offer ESSENTIAL life-sustaining services to people we serve, while adhering to CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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2021 brought numerous challenges, but Horizon House staff members stood tall and answered each and every one with skill, patience and strength.
With that came new journeys, new achievements and new partnerships that fueled an amazing year and set the course for the future of Horizon House.
Please join us and watch the video above as we take a look back at 2021 – a year of service and accomplishments.
Horizon House is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ralph Aquila as the agency’s new Medical Director.
Dr. Aquila previously served as the Medical Director at Fountain House, a renowned non-profit organization based in New York City that fights to improve the health of and increase opportunity for those living with mental illness.
He brings to Horizon House incredible scopes of academic and professional experience in mental health that have touched countries across the globe over the last five decades.
Residencies, board appointments, journal publications, leadership roles, presentations and even informative television appearances are just some of the many notable accolades of Dr. Aquila’s impressive career.
Dr. Aquila’s wide breadth of knowledge and experience will bring a new, unique perspective to our ultimate goal – helping our participants across the Philadelphia region and their families live the most fulfilling lives possible.
“I am honored to be part of one of the oldest and most prestigious behavioral health programs in Pennsylvania,” Dr. Aquila said. “I know I will learn and grow with the participants and staff here at Horizon House.”
“We are happy that Dr. Aquila has come to Horizon House,” said Jerry Skillings, Horizon House’s Chief Services Officer for Behavioral Health and Homeless Services.
“In his role at Fountain House in New York City, Dr. Aquila provides comprehensive clinical services to the organization’s members in a large market. It’s a natural extension that he is here to work with us!”
Dr. Aquila has filled the Medical Director role left by Dr. Larry Real, who passed away in March 2021 after a brave battle with cancer.
Just as we were all looking forward to a sense of ‘normal,’ there has been a resurgence in the COVID-19 pandemic, fueled by the Delta Variant.
Throughout the pandemic, we have been encouraging all staff and participants to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19 by following safety protocols intended to prevent the spread of the virus. As vaccines became available, we encouraged staff and participants to listen to health officials and become vaccinated. As a health care provider, we must take this responsibility to each other as a high priority.
Over the last month, there have been federal, state and local mandates requiring staff to be vaccinated. Horizon House falls under these mandates and will now require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone who does not get vaccinated by the agency deadline must get tested twice a week.
Who must be vaccinated?
– All part-time and full-time Horizon House staff
– All temp agency staff providing in-person program support/services
– Independent contractors and temporary staff working at one of our locations
What if someone needs an exemption?
– We understand that this is still a difficult situation for some individuals. If you are in need an exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons, contact Benefits at firstname.lastname@example.org for exemption forms. If granted an exemption from the vaccination, a person will be required to submit the results of a viral COVID Test two times per week. It must be a PCR or antigen test, rapid tests will not be accepted.
What happens if a staff person does not get vaccinated or complete the COVID testing?
– Failure to become fully vaccinated or complete the weekly COVID testing will result in not being able to work at Horizon House.
Do staff and visitors still need masks?
– Yes, Horizon House’s current protocols, including masking for all, will remain in effect.
In tandem with PhillyLove, Horizon House recently honored members of our incredible Developmental Services staff for their dedicated, selfless service to our participants throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 28th Annual Horizon House Golf Outing would not have been able to be the success it was without the help of our amazing sponsors.
We’d like to use this space to say thank you to each and every one of our sponsors listed below.
You can learn more about the our annual golf outing, which was held on June 1 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, and watch a recap video of the day by clicking here.
Brown and Brown of Pennsylvania
Conner, Strong & Buckelew
Ganse Apothecary, Inc.
Hunt & Ayres, P.C.
Emerald Business Supply
Mission First Housing Group
Canon Solutions America
Independence Blue Cross
Interstate Fleet Services
Midatlantic Fire LLC
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union
Quality Care Options
Radius Rx Direct
Reynolds and Reynolds Electronics
Platinum Non-Golf Sponsors
Horizon Health Care Consultants
Advant-Edge Solutions of Middle Atlantic, Inc.
Jess Crate Furniture
McConkey Insurance and Benefits
The Alliance of Community Service Providers
Bob’s Discount Furniture
HockeyTown Pro Shop
Noll & Company, Inc. CPAs
Raffle Grand Prize Sponsor
Hole-In-One Prize Courtesy of
Golf Outing Printing Donated by
Golf Outing Photography Donated By
Marikate Venuto, Event Photographer
Creative Advertising Specialties, Inc.
Jose Alfredo De La Pena