Coastal Hospice

Coastal Hospice Achieves Highest Recognition In “We Honor Veterans” Program

Brigadier General USA (Ret.) Robert A. Harleston, who volunteers for Coastal Hospice’s We Honor Veterans program, presents an American flag blanket of honor to patient Charles Walls, who served in the Army and Marines for 30 years.

SALISBURY, MD – June 26, 2017 – In order to better serve the veterans in hospice care, Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care has completed Level 4, the highest recognition, of the “We Honor Veterans” program to provide specialized care to veterans who are facing a life limiting illness.

The achievement of Level 4 reflects the organization’s continuing commitment and dedication to delivering to veterans quality end-of-life care that honors their service and its impact on their lives.

The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs jointly developed the We Honor Veterans program to empower hospices and other healthcare providers across America to meet the unique needs of seriously ill veterans and their families.

“By reaching this milestone, Coastal Hospice proudly stands among those organizations dedicated to honoring our veterans with the respect and dignity they deserve,” Nancy Stewart, coordinator for the We Honor Veterans program at Coastal Hospice, said.

By identifying the unique needs of veterans, Coastal Hospice is able to accompany and guide veterans and their families who face life limiting illness toward a more peaceful ending. In cases where there are specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Coastal Hospice finds tools to help support the veteran patient.

“It is time that we step up and acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve,” J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, said.
“The Veterans Administration shares a common goal with our nation’s hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for veterans,” Thomas Edes, director of the VA’s Home and Community Based Care, said.

Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.