Stainton Society

The Stainton Society is the largest fundraising organization in the Shore Medical Center Foundation family with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1989.

The Society was created to help provide ongoing philanthropic support for the hospital’s growth and modernization programs. The organization was formed in memory of Howard S. Stainton, Ocean City’s most famous businessman, philanthropist and supporter of Shore Medical Center. In the spirit of his humble philanthropy, the Stainton Society allows individuals, families, and businesses to provide annual support to Shore Medical Center through membership.

Shore’s growth and endless pursuit of excellence has been made possible over the years only by the matching level of passion and generosity from the community.

The impact of the Stainton Society can be readily seen all over the campus, its members helped fund a number of project and equipment needs including a, Orthopedic Laminar Airflow Surgical Suite, Emergency Room renovations, CT Scanner, Critical Care Center, Pet CT Scanner, and the Shore Cancer Center. Annual membership gifts range from $500–$4,999, and all funds are used to ensure the ever changing healthcare needs of our community are met with the region’s most advanced medical services and clinical expertise.

By making a donation to the Shore Medical Center Foundation and joining the Stainton Society you help support the programs, services and equipment that impacts and saves lives, right here in our community!

Howard Stainton



Howard S. Stainton was a successful entrepreneur who owned Stainton’s Department store in Ocean City, New Jersey, as well as the largest single home builder in Ocean City. Mr. Stainton was often referred to as “Mr. Ocean City” for his many accomplishments and generosity to his community. He supplied heating oil, free of charge, to the local rescue squad, helped families of his employees with medical bills and educational expenses and was given numerous honors over the years for his extreme generosity.

Mr. Stainton served on Shore’s Hospital Board from 1941 through the 1950’s and oversaw two major expansions to the Medical Center. While Howard Stainton passed away in 1979 at the age of 93, his legacy lives on. His estate, via the Stainton Trust, has donated more than $9 million to major capital improvements at the hospital, including the Howard S. Stainton Pavilion in 1976.