Coastal Hospice receives approval from Maryland Health Care Commission and breaks ground on new Macky & Pam Stansell House

Coastal Hospice has received approval from the Maryland Health Care Commission to proceed with construction of the Macky & Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean in Ocean Pines and has broken ground on the project.

Whiting-Turner is the contractor for the project and will begin construction immediately. The new residence is expected to begin accepting patients towards the end of 2018.

The Stansell House will give hospice patients the dignity of hospice care with the comforts of home. It is designed for those in hospice who have no one to care for them in their own homes, and will be a safe and secure place where patients and their families receive the medical, emotional, and spiritual support they need.

Originally designed as a clubhouse at The Point neighborhood in Ocean Pines on an 11-acre waterfront property on the Isle of Wight Bay, the building sat unfinished and vacant for more than 10 years until Coastal Hospice purchased it at the end of 2016 with the intent of transforming it into a state-of-the-art hospice residence. While the exterior of the building will retain its general appearance, the north side of the building will be demolished and reconstructed to meet the unique needs of hospice patients. The interior will be furnished to be as home-like as possible, with rocking chairs on the porch, original artwork on the walls, and private spaces for families to gather.

The new hospice residence and outreach center will include 12 private patient rooms, most with water views, plus family rooms, kitchens, open air decks, a labyrinth, and a meditation garden. Also housed at the new facility will be a community center offering bereavement support and other programs.

“Approval by the Maryland Health Care Commission allows us to break ground and turn an abandoned building into a warm and safe hospice home,” said Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen. “We are eagerly looking forward to the day when this important service becomes available to hospice-eligible patients with unmet care and safety needs.”

“There is a real need for a hospice residence, particularly here on the Lower Shore,” said donor and co-chair of the hospice residence committee, Macky Stansell. The building will be named after Macky & Pam Stansell to honor their donations to the project.

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.

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EDITORS: PHOTO ATTACHED of groundbreaking at the Macky & Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean.

Shown left to right: Adam McIver and Greg Ennis of Whiting-Turner; Coastal Hospice Board Members Cam Bunting and Stephen Farrow; Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen; Pam Stansell; Stansell House building committee co-chairs Macky Stansell and Dirk Widdowson; Coastal Hospice Board of Directors Chairman Michael Dunn; building committee member Marion Connolly; and Ron Morgan of Becker-Morgan, architects on the project.

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