Ocean City Today

Coastal Hospice in Ocean Pines named after Stansells

Jun 22, 2017

(June 23, 2017) Coastal Hospice has reached a milestone in its plans to create a hospice residence and outreach center in Ocean Pines, courtesy of another gift from Macky and Pam Stansell.

The Stansell’s second donation to the nonprofit, this one for $72,250, pushed the project across the $5 million threshold it established at the beginning of its donations campaign. In honor of the couple’s longstanding and generous support, the hospice board of directors voted to name the building “The Macky and Pam Stansell House at Coastal Hospice at the Ocean.”

Macky Stansell made the first gift in support of the project as a member of the Coastal Hospice board. That gift paid for the Bed Needs Assessment. Since then, he and Pam have made cash donations, as well as hosting and underwriting seven Blues on the Bay events at Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill. Together, they’re responsible for more than $900,000 in gifts to the campaign.

Macky Stansell co-chairs the capital campaign steering committee with attorney and Coastal Hospice Board member Dirk Widdowson.

“Macky and Pam have been tireless in their dedication and more than generous in their support,” Widdowson said. “We feel honored to have their names on this building.”

During a ceremony at the site in Ocean Pines on Thursday morning, it was said Macky called up the ladies at Coastal Hospice and asked how much was left to reach the $5 million mark. Soon after, the Stansell’s wrote a check for the amount.

“At a certain point in our career we reached a point financially,” Macky Stansell said. “What do we do while we are still alive? It doesn’t take much to give away money. The time the committee donated was unheralded. I can’t say thank you enough to every member of the board for [donating] so many hours.”

The vision for Coastal Hospice at the Ocean has doubled in scope since it was begun. What started on 5.8 acres in Berlin with rooms for six patients is now a hospice residence and outreach center with 12 patient rooms on an 11-acre waterfront property on the Isle of Wight Bay.

Widdowson said that the opportunity to acquire the property from Farmers Bank of Willards has been a game-changer. Having been designed as a clubhouse at The Point in Ocean Pines, the building sat unfinished and vacant for several years until Coastal Hospice purchased it at the end of 2016. In making its decision to buy the property, which was sold at deep discount, the Coastal Hospice Board reexamined its original plan.

“By building in 12 patient rooms, rather than the original six, we’ll achieve an economy of scale that will make operating the residence less expensive,” said Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen.

The expanded project will require certification from the Maryland Health Care Commission, which is scheduled to render its decision before the end of the year. Groundbreaking will follow.

“There is still work to do,” Widdowson said. “But today we’re celebrating and saying thank you. This is a landmark achievement for Coastal Hospice. We are taking this opportunity to thank Macky and Pam and also the hundreds of donors who have invested in this campaign.”

“There is a real need for a hospice residence, particularly here in Worcester County,” Macky Stansell told those gathered for the celebration. “Pam and I are happy we can help and humbled by this honor.”

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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