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.

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ABOUT CAPITAL CARING
Capital Caring’s mission is to provide the highest quality advanced illness care with dignity, respect and compassion. Since our founding in 1977, we have grown into one of the largest and most experienced nonprofit providers of hospice care, palliative care and bereavement counseling services in the nation. In 2017 alone, we served nearly 7,000 hospice patients and provided more than $3 million in charity care to those who had nowhere else to turn.
Capital Caring serves families and patients throughout Northern Virginia, as far south as Fredericksburg and Richmond, as well as Prince George’s County, Maryland, and DC. To learn more about Capital Caring, visit www.capitalcaring.org or call 800‐869‐2136.