Coastal Hospice Accredited by The Joint Commission

Gold medal virtual certificate

Salisbury, MD – Coastal Hospice has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. 

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess, and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews. 

“As a healthcare accreditor, The Joint Commission works with healthcare organizations across care settings to inspire safer and higher quality of care that is more equitable and compassionate,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “Through collaborating on innovative solutions and evidence-based resources and tools, The Joint Commission helps drive improvement while maintaining accountability through our leading survey methods and standards. We commend (organization name) for its commitment to advance safety, quality, equity and compassion for all patients.” 

“We are proud of this achievement and the involvement of our staff in ensuring that we comply with our high standards of care and the continuous improvement of our processes, said Ann Lovely, Coastal Hospice Interim President and CEO. “This accreditation is a testament of Coastal Hospice’s commitment to bring the best quality care to our patients and families.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website

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About Coastal Hospice
The Macky & Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice is a state-of-the-art hospice residence and community outreach center in Ocean Pines, MD that provides care for terminally ill patients, palliative care, counseling, grief support, and community wellness programs. Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions, who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, assisted living, nursing home, Coastal Hospice at the Lake and the Macky & Pam Stansell House. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester, and Somerset counties. To learn more about Coastal Hospice, please visit

Contact Information
General Contact:
Stacy Cottingham, PhD, RN | Director of Performance Improvement | 410-742-8732 ext. 625 | 

Media Contact:
Alejandra Lazcano | 410-742-8732 ext. 541 |