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
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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