All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

Before visiting, click here for more details about visitation.

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Physicians & Staff

Karen J. Antell, M.D., MPH, FAAFP

Women's Health Faculty

Karen J. Antell, M.D., MPH, FAAFP received her BA from Brown University, attended the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at Bryn Mawr College, and then received her medical degree Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at West Suburban Family Practice Residency in Oak Park, Illinois. She received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She served as faculty of the West Suburban Family Practice Residency and held an academic appointment at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Antell left the Chicago area and joined the ChristianaCare Family Medicine Residency Program faculty in 2008. She serves as Director of Maternity and Women’s Health for the Family Medicine Residency Program. She maintains an active practice at Westside Family Health Care in the urban Westside neighborhood of Wilmington, where she provides a full spectrum of care and residency education, including prenatal care, office gynecology, newborn and pediatric care, and chronic disease management. She also serves as the Medical Director for the CCHS School-Based Health Centers at 18 secondary schools in New Castle County She is one of only two family physicians who have obstetrical privileges at ChristianaCare, where she supervises both family medicine and OB/GYN residents.

She serves as an instructor in the newly renamed OBERT (Obstetric Emergency Response Team) program. She has been appointed as CCHS Clinical Champion for the Primary Care Contraception/Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Integrated Practice Team, also working on the Delaware CAN (Contraceptive Access Now) initiative as a provider trainer with non-profit partner

She holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2015.

Specialties: Family Medicine
Education: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: West Suburban Family Practice Residency, Oak Park, Illinois