Biz Briefs 03/29/2019


Coastal Hospice recently announced the promotion of several employees.

Susan Olischar has been promoted to vice president of finance. She is responsible for optimizing the financial performance of the organization, providing accurate and timely reporting, financial planning and forecasting, and managing cash flow to ensure that the organization meets its financial commitments.

She has worked for Coastal Hospice for 12 years. During her time with the agency, she has assembled a talented team in the finance department and demonstrated her dedication to the overall mission of the agency.

She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Salisbury University and is a licensed CPA with over 20 years of experience.

Staff member Stacy Cottingham has been tapped as the new senior director of Strategic Initiatives. Cottingham has been with the agency for five years. She originally started as manager of Quality/Performance Improvement and Education.

Before joining Coastal Hospice, she was a case manager at a regional hospital and worked in management in both the cardiac and oncology departments.

During her time with Coastal Hospice, she has grown staff in their education and was tasked with ensuring all regulatory requirements were met.

Cottingham is a nurse with over 25 years of experience and is certified in hospice and palliative nursing. She has a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from UMES.

Bob Miller will now serve as the senior director of Business Development.

Miller has been with Coastal Hospice for over five years. He worked as a chaplain and in bereavement services.

Afterwards, Miller moved into provider relations as an associate and eventually managed the department. He has successfully established and strengthened relationships with the community through effective education and outreach of Coastal Hospice services and programs.

Miller has a successful entrepreneurial background and holds a master’s degree from Eastern University and a B.A. from Lee University.

Lauren Blair was promoted to Provider Relations manager after having been with Coastal Hospice since last fall.

Prior to joining the Coastal Hospice team, Blair worked at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for over nine years, where she most recently served as the Memory Support Program director.

She attended Salisbury University, where she received both a master’s degree in Social Work as well as a bachelor of arts in Social Work.

She is a licensed master social worker in Maryland and a licensed clinical social worker in Delaware.

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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