$30K Donation from The EagleForce Warrior Foundation Provides Funding to Launch Capital Caring Health’s So No One Dies Alone Program for Veterans

Falls Church, Virginia - July 29, 2020 -  The EagleForce Warrior Foundation has donated $30,000 to Capital Caring Health supporting the organization’s So No One Dies Alone Program for Veterans and their families.

Through The EagleForce Warrior Foundation’s signature Vet Jets Program, private and commercial air travel will be provided to families of Armed Forces Veterans nearing the end of life to be at the bedside of their loved one. The grant will also cover ground transportation expenses and is available to families who do not have the financial resources to cover travel expenses.

“We are extremely honored to partner with The EagleForce Warrior Foundation and provide this unique program to our nation’s Veterans. The So No One Dies Alone Program will allow families the opportunity to spend final moments together with their loved one, bring joy, and reduce loneliness as they near the end of life,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, President & CEO, Capital Caring Health.

The importance of family members, loved ones, or simply another human being at the bedside of a dying individual can’t be understated, and a family member or loved one’s presence at the bedside of a dying individual is something that is deeply valued and cherished. In some cases, patients hold on for several days as they wait for a visit from a loved one to share one last special connection.

Founded in 2018, The EagleForce Warrior Foundation was established to support wounded, ill and injured military service members and their extended families.

“We recognize the sacrifices made by our military and their families, and we’re proud to be a part of this new program ensuring our Veteran heroes are surrounded by the compassionate presence of another human being as they near the end of life,” said Cheryl Campbell, CEO, The EagleForce Warrior Foundation.

The So No One Dies Alone Program is integral to Capital Caring Health’s mission to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care of the highest quality. The program centers on ensuring our nation’s heroes the dignity and solace at the end of life that can best be found in the compassionate presence of another human being.

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About Capital Caring Health
Capital Caring Health is one of the leading nonprofit providers of elder health, hospice, and advanced illness care for persons of all ages in the mid-Atlantic region. A member of a national network of 70 nonprofit hospice providers, our mission is to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care that is second to none. We also have special hospice teams serving children and veterans. On an annual basis, we serve over 7,000 hospice patients and provide more than $3 million in charity care to those who are uninsured and have nowhere else to turn. Almost 90 cents out of every dollar goes to caring for patients and their families.

The website, capitalcaring.org, is available in English, Spanish, and Korean plus offers 24/7 Live Chat. Since the beginning of hospice care over 40 years ago, we have served 120,000 patients and their families in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
24 Hour Care Line: 800-869-2136

About The EagleForce Warrior Foundation
The EagleForce Warrior Foundation was established to support our wounded, ill and injured military service members and their extended families. The Foundation’s Mission is veterans helping veterans in their time of need and reuniting families during a crisis. We know how important support is to the warrior community after a traumatic event. Our signature VETJET program provides ground and air transportation to our military veterans and their family members during a medical crisis. Air transport includes private transport and commercial flights to bring family members to the bedside of their loved ones.

We also offer transition services to our Veteran community for employment, internships, apprenticeships, education and career counseling.

Visit www.eagleforcewarrior.org for more information, or call 703-481-4858 or 571-217-0650.


Keith Everett Named to Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for 2020

Falls Church, Virginia - July 24, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Keith Everett, Chief Officer for Performance, Compliance, and Cultural Operations at Capital Caring Health, to the Board of Examiners for the 2020 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Appointed by the NIST Director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.

The examiner board is composed of more than 325 leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care, and nonprofit (including government) organizations from across the United States. Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition, demonstrating competencies related to customer focus, communication, ethics, action orientation, team building, and analytical skills.

“We are so proud of Keith for this major accomplishment,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, President and CEO, Capital Caring Health. “Keith is a valued member of the Capital Caring Health team. The work that he has done to lead our performance excellence initiatives for the past six years has played a vital role in our ability to provide the highest quality care to our patients.”

Keith holds a Master of Science in Business and Healthcare Administration and he is certified in Lean Six Sigma and Public Health Quality with more than 15 years of comprehensive health care operational and quality improvement experience. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association for Healthcare Quality and the American Society of Quality.

In addition to his role as Chief Officer for Performance, Compliance, and Cultural Operations at CCH, he also serves as co-lead of CCH’s new Center for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity which was recently established to address disparities in hospice utilization among minority groups including: African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans as well as the LGBTQ community.

Keith commented on his new appointment, “I’m honored to be a part of a distinguished group of individuals working together to make significant contributions to drive organizational performance excellence across the United States.”

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987. Awards may be given annually to organizations in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit. The Award promotes innovation and excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies.

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About Capital Caring Health

Capital Caring Health is the largest non-profit provider of elder health, advanced illness, hospice, and at-home care services for the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. area. We provide quality care where people live, supporting dignified, independent aging. For more information, visit capitalcaring.org or call our 24-Hour Care Line at 1-800-869-2136.


CCH Patient Advocate Has Been a Staple at Washington Nationals Games for 15 years...And the reason why may surprise you…

"It’s a pretty cool job.”

That is how Capital Caring Health’s Keith Staples describes his job with the 2019 Major League Baseball World Champions, The Washington Nationals. And he’s been a staple (pun intended) at the Nats games for 15 years

In addition to working as a Patient Advocate at Capital Caring Health, on game days, Keith is the scoreboard operator for the Washington Nationals.

He recently received a World Championship ring during a virtual ceremony. His name is inscribed on one side of the ring along with – of course – Fight Finished inscribed on the opposite side.

According to Keith, when he started with the Nats in 2005, he had no idea his run as the scorekeeper would last for more than a decade.

“There’s a certain mental acuity that it takes to do this job,” Keith said. “With every pitch, I have to be on top of it.”

In his role as a patient advocate, Keith is responsible fostering relationships with hospitals, senior communities, assisted living and medical professionals to help ensure patients who are eligible for hospice and advance illness care have access to Capital Caring Health services.

And on Nats Game Days, Keith heads to the ballpark.

Keith fondly remembers a mishap with the scoreboard during a playoff game on a chilly October evening. “I was nervous, and it was cold. I added an extra run to the scoreboard and the radio announcer fondly said, ‘well now the scoreboard is predicting scores,’ and you know what, that run actually came in shortly after my mishap.”

“All of my friends know what I do, and sometimes after games that will ask, ‘hey what happened in the 4th inning’.”

Even so, he hasn’t tired of posting the number of balls and strikes, outs, errors, and runs scored – while also watching some of the world’s greatest baseball players standing in the diamond or hanging out in the dugout.

“I saw Jason Werth’s walk off against the Cardinals in the 2012 Playoff, and I was there for Stephen Strasburg’s first game.”

Keith has also witnessed two no hitters and has worked every Playoff game, the All Star Game in 2018 and, of course, the World Series last year!

“It’s a really fun job,” he said. “I have enjoyed it over the years.”


July 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

When is the right time to talk about your wishes for end-of-life care? Now…

Research shows that 90 percent of Americans say that talking about their end-of-life care wishes is important, however; the same study shows that only 30 percent of people are actually having these conversations.

Capital Caring Health’s Carolyn Richar, RN, MDiv, CHPN, Chief Mission Officer, and Marcie Fairbanks, LCSW, Director, Family Services, share insights into why advance care planning is important especially during the Covid-19 crisis.

What is Advance Care Planning?

Simply stated, advance care planning is making decisions about your wishes for end-of-life care, and sharing your wishes with family members and loved ones.

Why is it important for individuals – from Millennials to Boomers –  talk about their end-of-life wishes?

Advance care planning is not only for older adults. It’s extremely important that people of all ages explore their wishes and discuss their choices with their families.

Especially throughout this Covid-19 pandemic, when anyone at any age could be placed in a situation where important healthcare decisions need to be made in a crisis. If families have not had these conversations in advance before a crisis strikes, then it can be very difficult for decisions to be made that would reflect the patient's preferences.

What is an Advance Directive?

Advance Directives are documents that allow individuals to express their wishes related to specific medical interventions that they would or would not choose for themselves. It also offers the opportunity to designate a surrogate who can speak on their behalf should they lose the ability to speak for themselves.

Why Is Having an Advance Directive Important?

If there comes a time in your life when you are no longer able to make your own healthcare decisions, then you need to be confident that your family and medical Providers know what your preferences are –  and more importantly are willing and able to support your healthcare choices.

This COVID-19 Pandemic illustrates how unpredictable our life journey can be and Advance Directives offer individuals control over their healthcare choices.

What are Four Steps Families Can Take Now?

  1. Families can start having conversations related to their medical preferences.
  2. Appoint a healthcare representative - the person who will make decisions for you when you can’t.
  3. Download and complete out a 5 Wishes Form (a living will). Forms are available here.
  4. Sign and share the Advance Directive with your family and loved ones. Make copies and give your forms to the decision maker you have appointed, your primary care doctor, and any specialist you are receiving care from.

More about Healthcare Decisions Day

Capital Caring Health is recognizing July as Advance Care Planning Month, and July 16 is  National Health Care Decisions Day. Visit our website here for the following resources:


Capital Caring Health Addresses Racial Disparity Among Hospice Users - Establishes Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Falls Church, VA – July 14 -- While advanced illness/ hospice care has been available in the United States since the 1970s, providing specialized medical and psychosocial support to those with a life-limiting illness, it remains a care option significantly underutilized by key minority groups.

A recent study of hospice utilization by race revealed that 83% of hospice patients in the United States are Caucasians, while African Americans represent only 8%, followed by Hispanics at 6.4%, Asians at 2% and Native Americans at .05%.

The study also revealed that nearly 60% of the LGBTQ community have concerns about health care providers not being sensitive to their needs.

Capital Caring Health, (CCH) one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of advanced illness, home and hospice care serving 2,500 patients each  day throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area, is taking steps to address the huge disparity among minorities with the establishment of The Center of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (E, I &D).

President and CEO of Capital Caring Health Tom Koutsoumpas, a preeminent advocate of advanced illness and hospice legislation for all Americans shared, “Capital Caring Health was founded on the premise that we care for every soul in our community -  we honor the diversity represented across all communities; and we treat everyone equitably – with respect and compassion. “The new Center of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity will further OUR organization’s mission, strategies, and practices to support a diverse workplace and leverage the effects of diversity to achieve a more equitable business environment and enhance the communities we serve.”

The new Center will be led by two key staff members, Keith Everett, Chief Officer of Performance, Cultural Operations, and Compliance, and Altonia Garrett, Vice President, Public Affairs and Strategic Partnerships who will serve as Executive Director of the Center.

In announcing the new Center, Koutsoumpas reinforced, “We are judged by how we treat the most vulnerable members of our community, and that includes all those facing a life-limiting illness, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, diagnosis or medical condition, veteran status, ancestry, marital status, occupation, pregnancy, citizenship, or political affiliation.”

Capital Caring Health more recently added Primary Care at Home, a special service designed to provide elder patients, aged 65+ who are home-limited with primary and urgent care in their homes. “Our E, I & D efforts will also focus on serving more minority elders, not yet ready for end-of-life care but in need of regular medical care to remain independent in their homes,” added Koutsoumpas.

Goals for new Center include:

  • Developing integrative approaches and programs for the diverse populations served
  • Addressing the health equality, equity, and disparities of care being delivered in CCH’s service area
  • Attracting and leveraging diverse staff to increase engagement to make CCH the best place to work in healthcare

In accepting the new appointment to lead the Center, Keith Everett commented,  “Altonia and I are truly humbled and honored to lead the strategic work of the Center of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.  The hardest part is recognizing that there is a need and then making a commitment to change.”

Altonia Garrett shared, “Our outreach to communities across the DMV can have a huge impact on the knowledge of and access to our critical care services that for too long have been invisible to many minority families.  I am proud to be the Executive Director of this new and vitally important initiative.”

In conclusion, Tom Koutsoumpas said, “Thanks to Keith and Altonia we are bringing, through this Center, a level of commitment and action to expand our diversity efforts at CCH and into every neighborhood in our service area.  We can also serve as an example for other Hospice/Advanced Illness care providers and other medical institutions across the nation.”

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About Capital Caring Health

Capital Caring Health is one of the leading nonprofit providers of elder health, hospice, and advanced illness care for persons of all ages in the mid-Atlantic region.  A member of a national network of 70 nonprofit hospice providers, our mission is to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care that is second to none.  We also have special hospice teams serving children and veterans.  On an annual basis we serve over 7,000 hospice patients and provide more than $3 million in charity care to those who are uninsured and have nowhere else to turn.  Almost 90 cents out of every dollar goes to caring for patients and their families. Our website, capitalcaring.org, is available in English, Spanish, and Korean plus offers 24/7 Live Chat.  Since the beginning of hospice care over 40 years ago, we have served 120,000 patients and their families in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

24 Hour Care Line:  800-869-2136
capitalcaring.org

Contact:  Nancy Cook, 703-447-4480


Capital Caring Health Begins Construction on New Hospice Inpatient Facility At Sibley Memorial Hospital

Falls Church, VA - July 16, 2020 --- Building on a most extraordinary gift of $2MM from The Washington Home, a charitable foundation, Capital Caring Health is expanding its inpatient care for persons with advanced and life-limiting illness with the opening of a new inpatient hospice care unit at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Scheduled to open in 2021, an additional $500k is needed in order to meet this timeline.

The new ten-bed private room facility, aptly named The Washington Home Inpatient Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will provide much-needed comprehensive advanced illness care to residents of  Washington, DC and Montgomery County, Maryland. This new world-class facility will be the first healthcare resource in Northwest DC to provide specialized care to patients facing their end-of-life journey.

Capital Caring Health has been focused on expanding care to serve more members of the community and this new facility will be the fifth inpatient center for the organization, joining its other world-class inpatient facilities in Aldie and Arlington, VA, NE Washington, DC and Largo, MD.

Capital Caring Health and The Washington Home & Community Hospices (TWHCH) forged a successful partnership in 2019 with the seamless transition of in-home and inpatient hospice operations from the TWHCH to Capital Caring Health.  Following the transition, The Washington Home ceased providing direct care and became a charitable foundation with the mission of making grants to organizations that improve the quality of life for elderly and terminally-ill residents of the Washington, DC area, as well as to those that support their families and caregivers.  Its dedication to this mission is evidenced by the significant pledge of $2MM toward the establishment of the new inpatient facility to provide high quality care for the terminally ill.

Wilmot Sanz and Balfour Beatty have been selected for the construction project, transforming the fifth floor of Sibley into a state-of-the-art facility with individual patient rooms featuring private baths and outfitted with leading-edge clinical equipment and furnishings.

“It’s extremely gratifying to continue our partnership with The Washington Home in building this new inpatient facility which is a true reflection of our shared mission and values,” said Capital Caring Health President and CEO, Tom Koutsoumpas. “The revered Washington Home name will live on through this facility, following its 131 years of service to the Washington Metro area, and together we will continue to provide the highest quality care available to our community,” he stated.

“We are pleased to be a part of such a valuable community project. This beautiful facility will honor our legacy to provide Washington DC and Maryland residents with access to compassionate care at the end of life,” said Sharon Collins Casey, Chair of the Board of The Washington Home.

The Washington Home CEO/CFO Phyllis Dillinger shared, “This substantial donation to establish a specialized end-of-life facility will undoubtedly make a significant impact in our community that has increasing need for this type of care.”

Construction began on the new inpatient facility in June 2020.  The fundraising campaign seeks philanthropic support from individual, corporate and foundation sources in the Washington Metro area to raise an additional $500k needed to realize the vision of The Washington Home Inpatient Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital.  For more information, visit capitalcaring.org/EXPANSION.

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About Capital Caring Health

Capital Caring Health is one of the leading nonprofit providers of elder health, hospice, and advanced illness care for persons of all ages in the mid-Atlantic region.  A member of a national network of 70 nonprofit hospice providers, our mission is to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care that is second to none.  We also have special hospice teams serving children and veterans.  On an annual basis we serve over 7,000 hospice patients and provide more than $3 million in charity care to those who are uninsured and have nowhere else to turn.  Almost 90 cents out of every dollar goes to caring for patients and their families. Our website, capitalcaring.org, is available in English, Spanish, and Korean plus offers 24/7 Live Chat.  Since the beginning of hospice care over 40 years ago, we have served 120,000 patients and their families in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

24 Hour Care Line:  800-869-2136
capitalcaring.org

About The Washington Home

The Washington Home is a charitable foundation that provides funding to entities that create and deliver innovative, compassionate and well-managed programs to improve the quality of life for elderly and/or terminally ill residents in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Founded in 1888, The Washington Home for many years provided long-term care to residents of its nursing home facility in upper Northwest Washington, DC and hospice care to patients in their own homes and in the in-patient hospice wing of the nursing home. In recent years, the Board of Directors of The Washington Home has directed a repositioning of the organization by ceasing hands-on care and consolidating its financial resources to be deployed for maximum impact in accordance with its longstanding mission. Learn more at TheWashingtonHome.org.

Contact:  Nancy Cook, (703) 447-4480, ncook@capitalcaring.org


Brain Matters

According to a National Geographic article, the human brain is “more complex than any other known structure in the universe.” It’s Mission Control for everything we do—from voluntary movement to the involuntary operations of our organs…from everyday decision-making to the most complex emotions and thoughts…from holding our memories to making dreams. So when something goes wrong due to disease or injury, the impact can be devastating.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time when education usually focuses on Alzheimer’s disease as it is the cause of 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. Today, nearly 5.8 million Americans live with the disease.

While perhaps the most well-known, Alzheimer’s is only one cause of dementia.

Dementia is actually not a disease, but a term that covers a wide range of symptoms including problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. In addition to Alzheimer’s, dementia can also result from other brain diseases including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, or a vascular disease that causes multiple strokes. Dementia may also occur due to other advanced illnesses such as heart disease and COPD.

Whatever the cause, the progression of dementia differs for each individual—sometimes a person will show little evidence of the disease for years, while others decline rapidly. Nevertheless, nearly every dementia patient will need to transition to end-of-life care at some point. In fact, dementia accounts for nearly one in every five hospice admissions (18 percent), according to the latest data from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Capital Caring Health’s (CCH) care and support can make a difference for patients with dementia when the time is right. The goal of palliative and hospice care is to bring the greatest level of comfort to both patients and families, creating the best quality of life possible. Our care team focuses on alleviating pain and emotional distress, while meeting social and spiritual needs with counseling and support.

CCH staff is specially trained to address common problems and symptoms that often occur with dementia, and know how to “read” patients to identify visible signs of pain and discomfort. By also teaching family members and caregivers how to recognize these indicators, we work together to make sure patients are comfortable even when no longer able to verbally express themselves. Care team members also help families understand how to best manage care, what to expect in the late stages of a condition, and how to provide support through the last phase of life.

Once a diagnosis of a degenerative brain condition has been made, certain symptoms may indicate that it’s time to consider palliative or hospice care. Chief among them are when the patient:

  • Can only say a few words
  • Can no longer walk and may be bed-bound
  • Is totally dependent on others for eating, dressing, and grooming
  • Shows signs of severe anxiety

Once palliative or hospice care is selected, Capital Caring Health creates a supportive and comforting care plan for your unique situation addressing medical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. The care team works with the patient, family members, and caregivers as well as the other medical providers already involved. We are available 24/7 to answer questions, provide support, and help control patient symptoms at home.

As a result of hospice specialized care and attention, dementia patients find the peaceful environment they need and respond positively. Managing symptoms before a situation becomes acute may also help prevent frequent trips to the emergency room and unnecessary hospital admissions. Research shows that Alzheimer’s patients with hospice care have better pain control, are less likely to die in a hospital, and their families have greater satisfaction with end-of-life care.

Philosophers throughout the ages have suggested our brain may hold the essence of who we are. At Capital Caring Health, we lead with both head and heart to help you and your loved one find comfort and peace, making every day the best it can be.

Click on these links to learn more about what symptoms to look for and how hospice can help with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, neurological diseases including Parkinson’s and Huntington’s or about ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease and other condition-specific information including heart disease and cancer.

Please call 800-869-2136 or visit capitalcaring.org for more information or to request an evaluation.


Capital Caring Health Recognized as Volunteer Program of the Year by Volunteer Fairfax

Volunteer Sabre Poimboeuf Recognized for Hours of Service

Each year Volunteer Fairfax recognizes the volunteers, nonprofit organizations and corporate partners who work tirelessly to make Fairfax County a better place.

This year, Volunteer Fairfax is recognizing 143 individual nominees in 16 different award categories. These volunteers have been nominated by community members, local nonprofits and government agencies for their dedication to the community.

Capital Caring Health is the recipient of the 2020 Volunteer Program of the Year one of the top honors recognized each year to an organization that demonstrates a significant contribution to the community.

In addition, Capital Caring Health volunteer Sabre Poimboeuf, an active duty service member in the U. S. Navy, has been chosen for the award for Adult Volunteer 250 Hours and Under for the time she dedicated to meet with veterans.

Katherine Knoble, Manager, Community and Volunteer Engagement, Alexandria/South Eastern Fairfax/Woodbridge Neighborhood, nominated Capital Caring Health and Sabre Poimboeuf for these prestigious awards.

“I’m extremely proud of our more than 1,400 active volunteers and the impact they make on the community every day”, said Capital Caring Health President and CEO Tom Koutsoumpas. “As a leading non-profit provider of advanced illness, home, hospice and elder care, Capital Caring Health is built on the cornerstone of ensuring that all people facing advanced illness receive the care and resources they need regardless of their ability to pay. This award is a reflection on the significant growth and success of our Volunteer Program over the past 43 years,” he stated.

Under the leadership of the Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement, Jenna Cooley, the Capital Caring Volunteer Program has expanded by adding additional Volunteer Managers and support staff

In 2019, Capital Caring Health volunteers performed more than 58,000 hours of service, to the community, performing such functions as patient companions, providing transportation, pet care, coordinating military ceremonies to honor veterans and a variety of services for those in need of support.

Volunteer Sabre Poimboeuf has taken a program of military thanks and elevated it to a program that is now the model for the entire company. She added many enhancements to the military recognition program to include an official flag folding, presenting veterans with challenge coins (a military tradition) and the reading of the poem “The Watch” to all navy veterans.

Staff, volunteers and friends can share their congratulations via clicking on the links below.

Sabre Poimboeuf,  Adult Volunteer 250 Hours and Under

Capital Caring, Volunteer Program


National Alliance on Mental Illness names Capital Caring Health StigmaFree Company Partner

(Falls Church, VA June 19, 2020) -  Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, health care workers were more likely to suffer from mental distress. And now new research shows that healthcare professionals directly engaged in caring for Covid-19 patients may be at an increased risk of psychological distress, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

To address the mental health concerns related to the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis, Capital Caring Health provides a wide-range of wellness and mental health resources at no-cost to its 900-plus employees – from yoga and meditation therapy to phone-based counseling support – and the organization was recently named a StigmaFree Company Partner by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)  - one of 52 companies so named nationwide.

“I am very pleased that we have begun work with NAMI to expand our mental health support programs for our employees, their family members and our patients and their caregivers,” said Vivian Hsia-Davis, Chief People Officer, Capital Caring Health.

These are incredibly stressful times and we are taking the necessary actions to help employees reduce stress and enhance their mental health.”  ​​​​​​​​

According to NAMI, nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, eight in 10 workers say shame and stigma prevent them from seeking treatment for a mental health condition.

NAMI provides resources and educational materials, guidance and expert advice as well assists companies in creating a culture that values employees’ overall health, including emotional well-being and mental health.

Read more about NAMI’s StigmaFree Company initiative here.

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About Capital Caring Health

Capital Caring Health is the largest non-profit provider of elder health, advanced illness, hospice, and at-home care services for the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. area. We provide quality care where people live, supporting dignified, independent aging. For more information, visit capitalcaring.org or call our 24-Hour Care Line at 1-800-869-2136.

Contact:
Amy Shields, Director of Strategic Communications
ashields@capitalcaring.org


Capital Caring Health's President & CEO, Tom Koutsoumpas Interviewed by WebMD's Chief Medical Officer

Capital Caring Health’s President and CEO, Tom Koutsoumpas, is interviewed by WebMD’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Whyte

Tom Koutsoumpas and Dr. John Whyte discuss Coronavirus in Context: Home Care in the Setting of Mental Health Disease