SALISBURY, MD – June 12, 2017 – Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care announces a major gift to its campaign to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has invested $100,000 to support the project.
This is the Perdue Foundation’s first gift to the capital campaign. Through the years, the foundation has generously supported the outreach programs and charity care of the nonprofit hospice with gifts totaling more than $60,000.
The Perdue gift will be commemorated in the naming of the foyer at the new facility, a welcoming and inviting area for family and friends visiting loved ones who are residents of the home.
“This generous gift to our capital campaign takes us one step closer to opening this much-needed care facility that will serve the entire Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland,” said Alane Capen, President of Coastal Hospice. “The Perdue Foundation’s vote of confidence in the project assures its future success.”
“The services provided by Coastal Hospice are invaluable to the families who need them,” Jim Perdue, Perdue Chairman, said. “When hospice is needed, there is no greater blessing than these folks and their efforts. We’ve seen these benefits first hand in my own family and with the families of many of our associates. Perdue is honored to be a part of making sure Coastal Hospice is here when others need them, too.”
“Coastal Hospice is about to do something really special here,” Kim Nechay, Executive Director of the Perdue Foundation, said. “We are so glad to be a part of it to assure that this type of care is available for everyone who needs it.”
Coastal Hospice at the Ocean will be a hospice residence and outreach center located at The Point in Ocean Pines. It will address a growing and unmet need on the Lower Shore: a residence for hospice care for patients who are not able to stay in their homes during their final days because they lack an able caregiver.
When built, Coastal Hospice at the Ocean will feature a home-like atmosphere for residents. It will also serve as headquarters for the hospice team that cares for approximately 80 patients in their own homes each day in Worcester and Somerset counties. In addition, Coastal Hospice at the Ocean will offer palliative care clinics (to treat the physical, emotional and spiritual pain that comes with serious illness), and facilities for grief support and community education.
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, a third-generation, family-owned U.S. food and agriculture company headquartered in Salisbury. The foundation was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. The foundation’s mission is to support the communities where they do business and where their associates live and work.
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.
PHOTO: The Franklin P. and Arthur W Perdue Foundation has donated $100,000 towards the campaign to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. Left to right: Kim Nechay, Executive Director of the Perdue Foundation; Alane Capen, President of Coastal Hospice; Jim Perdue, Perdue Chairman; and Dirk Widdowson, Co-Chair of the Campaign to Build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean.