Save the Date: 2020 Passion for Caring Gala

Gala Chairs Alisa Valudes Whyte and Dr. John Whyte are pleased to announce that the 2020 Passion for Caring Gala: Honoring the Heroes Among Us will be a virtual event that recognizes local healthcare, community, and social justice heroes, nominated by members of the community, who have made a significant impact during the COVID-19 crisis or through their fight for racial equity. The Gala campaign will include a series of preview announcements beginning in August that will recognize a weekly winner from each of the three categories – healthcare, community (delivery personnel, grocery workers, etc.), and social justice (advocate, community leader, etc.).

The weekly announcements will culminate on the virtual Gala date, October 3, with a presentation of the final honorees in each category who will receive the annual Passion for Caring Award. Throughout the Gala weekend, community members will be able to support Capital Caring Health’s COVID-19 recovery efforts by participating in an online auction and pledge drive. Participants will also have the opportunity to view a special Gala video program that will feature messages from the President and CEO Tom Koutsoumpas along with other special guests.

All proceeds raised from the 2020 Passion for Caring Gala will support Capital Caring Health's emerging needs from COVID-19 such as TeleHealth equipment in patients' homes, Personal Protective Equipment for frontline staff, meal delivery to alleviate food insecurity for patients, expanded grief support and mental health services, increased pediatric care requirements, and Patient Care Fund resources to care for new patients regardless of their ability to pay. The virtual Gala is FREE and open to the public. With your help, we can ensure care continues for the most vulnerable members of our community.

For more information on the Passion for Caring Gala or sponsorship details, please click here. For questions, please contact Katie Tran-Lam at or call (703) 531-2386.

Capital Caring Launches Care Choices Program

Capital Caring is pleased to have been chosen by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in an investigational study called the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM). We are privileged to be one of 140 hospices across the country to participate in this program designed to explore ways to improve care options for hospice-eligible beneficiaries. The Care Choices program provides patients with greater flexibility in deciding between hospice care and curative treatment.

Care_Choices_Logo_4cpUnder the Care Choices program, beneficiaries with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, and HIV/AIDS who meet hospice requirements under the Medicare hospice benefit, will be able to receive palliative care services from hospice providers participating in the study, while concurrently receiving curative services provided by their own medical providers.

Currently, Medicare beneficiaries are required to forgo curative care in order to receive access to services offered by hospice.

The Care Choices model will study whether access to such services will result in improved quality of care and patient and family satisfaction, and whether there are any effects on use of curative services and the Medicare hospice benefit.

Capital Caring’s Care Choices program will be piloted in our Richmond neighborhood, beginning January 1, 2018 and running through December 31, 2020.

A special landing page has been created ( with information about the program for patients and providers. For more information or to enroll in the program, you may call our 24 hour, toll-free number - 1-800-869-2136.

The Care Choices program provides another valuable option for patients enabling us to provide care coordination earlier for patients, along with easier access to hospice care.

Own a Piece of History, and Support Capital Caring

1980 BottleCapital Caring is thrilled to be selected as one of only 200 nonprofit organizations nationwide to be given a rare bottle of Old Fashioned Copper (O.F.C.) 1980 Vintage Bourbon to put up for auction in support of our hospice and palliative care program. This legendary bourbon is part of a limited release by the Buffalo Trace Distillery to help support charities across the country.

Valued at $10,000, this exceptionally rare bourbon is packaged in a hand-cut crystal bottle inspired by a decanter dating back to the 1900s, and arrives in a dark wooden box with revolving door and the O.F.C. name in copper. Buffalo Trace Distillery donated 200 bottles of their 1980, 1982, and 1983 vintages -- Capital Caring was given a bottle of the 1980 vintage.

Funds received as part of this auction will support our work to provide world-class hospice and palliative care to 1,300 moms, dads, and children each day, regardless of their ability to pay, in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. To learn more about the auction or to make a bid, click here.

The auction will close at 11:59 p.m. on February 24, 2017. The winner must be available to pick up the bourbon at Capital Caring’s office in Falls Church, Virginia.

For questions, please contact Katie Tran-Lam at

Read Capital Caring's press release here.



It’s #GivingTuesday – a day for giving back and to help our patients and families make the most of every moment. When we think of what matters to all of us at Capital Caring, we first think of the many generous and loyal friends and supporters who donate so that Capital Caring can continue to deliver comfort and joy to families dealing with life threatening illness. We also think of the courageous people we have had the privilege of knowing here at Capital Caring - people like James.*

James was an Army man, through and through. He was about to become a General when ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) stepped in and changed his plans. As ALS began to slowly destroy his body, James’ biggest concern was remaining strong for his five children – four boys and a little girl.

James worked hard to stay connected to his family even as he lost his ability to speak; he even learned to use an eye-reading computer to talk with his family. But eventually he became too weak to even use that and was unable to communicate at all.

But James never lost his joy in his children. His daughter was heartbroken that her father was too sick to come to her dance recitals. So, our team at Capital Caring decided James should get to see his little girl dance one last time.

We arranged for a special van, and our volunteers helped James get to the recital safely in his wheelchair. James beamed as the lights went up on stage, and he watched his little girl dance her heart out for her daddy.

When James died a few months later his wife and children told us they would treasure the memory of that beautiful afternoon for the rest of their lives.

This is the kind of caring we believe in at Capital Caring.  Each and every day, we focus on the little things that make someone’s final days a little brighter.  Like holding the hand of a father as he weeps in appreciation of seeing his daughter dance for the last time.

This #GivingTuesday—a national day for giving—please join us in taking care of our neighbors.

Please take a moment to make your #GivingTuesday gift to Capital Caring right now – for James, for your own loved ones, and for all of your neighbors who count on us to help them live out their final days with dignity and loving support.

Thank you for caring.

*Name changed to protect patient privacy

Blazing a Volunteer Trail

PatBaker2April showers bring…. May showers? Despite this month’s seemingly unending downpours, drizzles, showers, and general gloominess, May is when we look forward to the reemergence of Spring perennials, sunny skies, and generally warmer days. It is also Older Americans Month, that time of year when we reflect on the contributions our older neighbors make every day. The theme of this year’s older Americans Month is “Blazing a Trail,” so all of us at Capital Caring thought about the legions of older Americans who blaze their own trails by focusing on meeting the needs of others in their communities.

Pat Baker is one such fantastic Capital Caring volunteer.

Pat has been volunteering for Capital Caring for nearly 15 years, and illustrating the graciousness with which he lives his life, he recently said he is grateful to Capital Caring for offering him the opportunity to give back. “My volunteering is so rewarding,” he recently said. “Having the opportunity to help others transcend this difficult time in their life has been a wonderful blessing to me.” Pat, it is all of us at Capital Caring who should be thanking you!

When he volunteers with Capital Caring, Pat spends time with patients, talking to them and listening to their concerns. He has also delivered flowers as part of Capital Caring’s Random Acts of Flowers program. A talented singer, Pat has sung Christmas Carols at nursing homes and assisted living communities to the delight of the moms and dads we serve throughout the Capital region. He developed a great relationship with one of our patients who lived at a nearby assisted living facility, and (with the facility’s approval) brought him his favorite food – a strawberry milk shake from McDonald’s – every week.

Pat’s experience goes beyond singing and delivering flowers and milkshakes, however. As a former attorney and a Methodist pastor, Pat is able to talk with Capital Caring’s patients on many levels and can provide guidance on many levels. Martha Huffman, the Volunteer Coordinator in Capital Caring’s Alexandria neighborhood said Pat is “a delight – he is a dream volunteer and a pleasure to work with.” Martha recently recounted a story about Pat’s involvement in a Memorial Day event Capital Caring participated in a few years ago. Staff and volunteers visited with all the veterans who lived in the facility to honor their service; Pat Baker participated and proudly wore the uniform he served in during the Korean War.

As we honor Older Americans Month and reflect on this week’s Memorial Day holiday, it is fitting to pay tribute to one particular gentleman who is blazing a trail of service every day. Thank you, Pat Baker. You honor and inspire all of us with your dedication to supporting those around you.

Join Capital Caring for #DoMore24

On Thursday, June 2, Capital Caring will join nonprofits across the region by participating in Do More 24, a 24-hour day of online giving powered by the United Way of the National Capital Area. In addition to raising much needed funds for Capital Caring to help ensure every family has access to world-class care, this campaign is an important opportunity to help increase awareness about all of the ways #HospiceDoesMore.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Make a gift on June 2 at Nonprofits have the opportunity to earn additional prize money for most individual gifts received and largest amount raised during the day.
  2. Share your support on Facebook or Twitter by encouraging your friends to become champions of Capital Caring and make their own gift. Be sure to include #DoMore24 and #HospiceDoesMore in your message.
  3. Send in your selfie. Capital Caring will be posting photos of our staff, volunteers and supporters throughout the day. Take a photo using the 2016 Do More Selfie Sign  and write your own message sharing how #HospiceDoesMore. Email the photo to or post it on your own social media accounts on June 2 using the hashtag #DoMore24.

For more information about the Do More 24 campaign, please contact Katie Tran-Lam at

Capital Caring Opens Center in DC

Capital Caring in Partnership with Providence Hospital Announce a New Inpatient Center Opening Soon in Northeast, DC

Providence Health System, the longest continually serving system in Washington, D.C., -- and a part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system – announced that in partnership with Capital Caring, it will fill a critical need for coordinated advanced illness care in the region with the opening of an inpatient hospice unit. Only the second in the District of Columbia, this new hospice unit until will serve an aging and seriously ill population with compassionate personalized care at the end of life.

The 14-bed capacity, inpatient, hospice unit will be operated by Capital Caring. The unit will include private rooms, family kitchen, nursing station and waiting area all within a comfortable, home-like setting. In addition to improving care for some of the region’s most underserved families, it will also serve as a teaching site for physician fellows who Capital Caring trains in hospice care.

To read the complete news release, click here.

Capital Caring Children's Bereavement Grant

Capital Caring Receives Grant for New Children’s Bereavement Program

Capital Caring is pleased to announce that a $10,000 grant has been awarded to the Fredericksburg Neighborhood from the Duff McDuff Green Jr. Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region. These funds will support the Caring Circles children’s grief program that is currently offered to county schools surrounding the Capital Caring Fredericksburg Neighborhood.

The Caring Circles program works directly with children to help them communicate their thoughts, feelings and fears, while connecting with others who have also experienced the death of a loved one. Each six-week program is co-facilitated by the school’s own counselor and a trained Capital Caring bereavement volunteer. There are 98 students in nine schools that have been impacted by this program to date with no cost to the families involved.

Students who have not had a chance to process their grief often show a decline in academic performance, social difficulties and an inability to adjust the school environment after a loss. The Capital Caring Caring Circles programs works to address these challenges by helping grieving children learn how to express themselves in a healthy way and engaging them in hands-on activities. Additionally, the school environment provides a familiar setting where large numbers of students can be served with supportive services and monitoring over time.

Capital Caring hopes to continue expanding this innovative program throughout each neighborhood with the support of future grant funding, sponsorships and private gifts. For more information about the Caring Circles program, contact Kristi Difilippo, LCSW, Capital Caring Bereavement Counselor for the Fredericksburg Neighborhood, at or by phone at (540) 735-0972. Additional information about Capital Caring’s bereavement programs can be found here.

LoKal5 Bracelet Supports Capital Caring

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Lokal5 Bracelet to Support Capital Caring’s Work in the Community

Capital Caring is honored to be selected as one of five charity partners that will benefit from Lokal5 bracelets. The bracelets are now available for sale at and this year, 5 percent of the sales of the infinity bracelet will go to support Capital Caring’s mission of improving care in our communities.

Each bracelet is designed to represent a charitable focus and help make a difference by strengthening local organizations who care for neighbors in need. Capital Caring is proud to ensure world-class hospice and palliative care services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, with nearly $3 million in charitable care provided every year.

Thanks to Lokal5 for supporting this important work!