$450,000 raised at Gala supporting pediatric hospice and palliative care

Raising awareness about the specialized services required for pediatric patients and their families was the focus of the annual Capital Caring Passion for Caring Gala. More than 400 community members gathered at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC on Nov. 17 to help raise $450,000 for programs and services benefiting some of the youngest, and most vulnerable patients.

“We are on a mission to raise awareness about the special needs of pediatric hospice and palliative care patients, and we are truly blessed to have generous support from so many in our community” said Tom Koutsoumpas, Capital Caring interim president and CEO.

“Oftentimes, when someone thinks about a serious illness it’s older adults who come to mind, but unfortunately there are many children who are suffering from serious, life-limiting conditions. The care provided to our pediatric patients is truly specialized and unique. Our goal is to increase awareness about this special patient population and continue to provide them with expert, compassionate, person-centered hospice and palliative care.”

In addition to raising funds at the gala, Capital Caring honored Dr. David Steinhorn and the PANDA Palliative Care Team at Children’s National Health System with the 2018 Passion for Caring Award. The annual Passion for Caring Award recognizes outstanding commitment to improve advanced illness care and support for patients and families. The PANDA Palliative Care team has been an ongoing partner of Capital Caring to help connect families to additional hospice support whenever needed.

The 2018 Chair’s Award was presented to Dr. Loring Flint, Chief Physician Executive and High Reliability Officer at Inova. In addition to Dr. Flint’s expansive medical career, he has been a dedicated volunteer for Capital Caring providing his leadership and expertise as a long-time member of the Board of Trustees.

Watch this video to learn more about Capital Caring’s Pediatric  Hospice and Palliative Care Programs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMiOI5PfAvI&t=2s.

Capital Caring thanks the following 2018 Passion for Caring sponsors for their generous support, including: Wise Hospice Options, The Adler Foundation, Direct Cremation Services of Northern Virginia and Hamilton Insurance Agency.

For more information about Capital Caring’s services and programs, visit www.capitalcaring.org.


For 41 years, Capital Caring’s mission has been to simply improve care for those facing life-limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education, and advocacy. Since its founding by committed volunteers in Northern Virginia, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to more than 120,000 patients and their families. Nearly 750 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 moms, dads, and kids every day in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring supports all those who need care, regardless of their ability to pay, and is proud to provide nearly $3.3 million in charitable care to families in need annually.