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Hospice Caring, Inc. Earns Seal of Excellence and Elects New Board Member

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospice Caring, Inc. has been awarded the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations' Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the Standards for Excellence certification program. Hospice Caring voluntarily submitted to a rigorous peer review examining its compliance with the Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.

Standards for Excellence are based upon fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, responsibility and accountability. Hospice Caring's programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were examined in depth before the certification was awarded. Hospice Caring is one of the first organizations to be certified under the Standards program that began in 1998. There are over 12,000 nonprofits in the State of Maryland and less than 75 hold this seal of excellence.

Mary P. Sundeen, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hospice Caring stated, "This seal of excellence can assure our donors, and the community we serve, that Hospice Caring adheres to the highest standards of ethical practice. We are delighted to receive this recognition."

Hospice Caring also wishes to announce the election of a new Board member, Patricia Brennan-Gac. Ms. Brennan-Gac is an attorney and education policy expert who possesses a background in nonprofit management. She is currently a Vice President with Washington Partners, a DC-based consulting firm. Ms. Brennan-Gac was elected to the Hospice Caring Board of Directors by unanimous vote on November 1st, 2007.

"I'm very impressed by the types of services provided by Hospice Caring," stated Ms. Brennan-Gac. I hope my contributions can help raise awareness among young and middle-aged individuals about the importance of educating themselves on end-of-life care issues. Hospice Caring is a great resource that can help family members who are now, or in the future, may be in need of end-of-life care."

Since 1989, Hospice Caring, Inc. has been providing an array of services, at no charge, to adults and children in dealing with life-limiting illnesses and grief. For more information on Hospice Caring please visit the organization's website at or phone 301-869-4673.

SOURCE Hospice Caring, Inc.
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