Coastal Hospice

Dr. Jo Ann Fields Earns Board Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine


SALISBURY, MD – March 14, 2019 – Jo Ann Fields, MD, of Salisbury has been certified in hospice and palliative medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Board certification from ABIM is the highest standard in internal medicine and its subspecialties and signifies that physicians have demonstrated to their peers and to the public that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for providing excellent patient care.

After being certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Fields completed a year-long fellowship at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa. Currently, Dr. Fields is the primary physician at Coastal Hospice at the Lake and has been with the agency for two years.

President of Coastal Hospice, Alane Capen said, “We are proud to have Dr. Fields at Coastal Hospice. Those who earn and maintain board certification from ABIM differentiate themselves every day through their specialized knowledge and commitment to continual learning in service of their patients.”

Board certification is voluntary and includes a rigorous exam that tests a physician’s ability to diagnose and treat patients with a broad range of conditions. To maintain certification, physicians can participate in activities that assess knowledge of the latest scientific developments and changes in practice and in specialty areas.

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, and serves Somerset, Dorchester, Wicomico and Worcester counties.