SALISBURY, MD – Oct. 15, 2018 – Coastal Hospice was honored to receive the Community Service Award from the Wicomico County NAACP, Branch #7028, during their 13th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, October 6. Each year the branch recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in the community.
“We work with our patients, their families, and their doctors to bring comfort and peace of mind at the end of life,” said Dave Hanlin, vice president of Coastal Hospice. “Coastal Hospice’s mission is to promote dignity and quality of life for families and patients with life-limiting conditions.”
Kelsie Mattox of the NAACP presented the award to Coastal Hospice.
“We are born, we live, and we die,” Mattox said. “Prior to the hospice movement that started in this country in New Haven CT., not a lot of time was devoted of helping people who were dying. The first Hospice was established in 1975, and Coastal Hospice was started only five years later in Salisbury. Initially, there was resistance to the hospice movement by physicians, nurses and patients’ families. Now it is widely accepted. Many people in the audience have been affected in some way by Hospice.”
Hanlin and Rochelle Corbin, Coastal Hospice registered nurse, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
Coastal hospice provides comfort, security and the celebration of life’s joys – in ones own home, guided by their own goals. Since Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit, patient needs always come first. We ensure that comfort and care is provided to patients and families who have no resources for care or who have needs beyond their insurance coverage.
“Hospice is about living, not about dying,” Hanlin said. “We take a team approach to support the family caregivers and the patients and work with them to ensure their needs are met. This is a vulnerable time for families, and we are humbled when they open their doors to our staff.”
Hospice care is provided where the patient lives, whether that is in their home or in an assisted living or nursing facility. The organization also provides services at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, an inpatient hospice center at Deer’s Head Hospital in Salisbury.
“At Coastal Hospice, we put families at the center of care,” Hanlin said. “We are able to do this because of the overwhelming support of our community, our staff and volunteers.”
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.