Coastal Hospice welcomes Angela “Monique” Welch, RN, CEN, CPHM, as the new team leader at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, the nonprofit’s inpatient facility located in Deer’s Head Hospital in Salisbury.

A native of Crisfield and a current resident of Marion, Welch has a background in emergency nursing, spending 23 years at McCready Hospital, where she was promoted to Director of Acute Care. She was also recently employed at Chesapeake Health and Your Doc’s In.

Welch, who attended Wor-Wic Community College, was inspired to be a nurse by her grandmother, who was an operating room nurse at McCready for 50 years. Welch was called to work for hospice after surviving breast cancer herself.

“Hospice is where I’m supposed to be,” Welch said. “I feel as if I can relate to the patients, since I recently had to face my own mortality. It’s not an easy thing to see people ending their life journey. But at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, our patients are in a home-like setting; it’s not like a hospital at all. It’s quiet, and there are no machines beeping or overhead pagers. And we also offer strong support to families and caregivers, who often get overlooked. They are going through a lot, too.”

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.