Expansion Prompts Relocation of Headquarters

May 1, 2019 – Falls Church, VA:  Capital Caring, one of the largest non-profit providers of advanced illness care in the nation, will relocate its headquarters to 3180 Fairview Park Drive, known as 80 at Fairview, later this year in the wake of major expansion and the addition of new services.

“I’m excited to share that we will be bringing all of our headquarters operations under one roof in a state-of-the-art facility,” said interim President and CEO Tom Koutsoumpas at the signing of a 15-year lease. “Increasing efficiency is a goal of all healthcare organizations and consolidating our operations is an advantage.”

80 at Fairview recently underwent a transformational capital improvement campaign led by its new owners, an affiliate of Marcus Partners.  The property features a new eatery with outdoor seating, high-quality fitness club and yoga studio, modern renovated lobby, stadium-style auditorium, and a dynamic outdoor environment with communal gathering spaces.

“We are pleased to begin our long-term partnership with Capital Caring,” said Andrew Dolinsky, Principal and Regional Director of Marcus Partners’ Metro Washington D.C. office.  “80 at Fairview is a unique work environment that both fosters employee well-being and simultaneously offers the cutting-edge technology and amenities you would find in an urban office tower. We are thrilled to be part of the next stage of growth for this tremendous organization.”

The new headquarters will contain over 50,000 square feet of space, a significant expansion from Capital Caring’s current 31,000 square foot headquarters, located at 2900 Telestar Court. Adjacent to the Mosaic District, 2900 Telestar Court will be sold in the future.

“Capital Caring is dedicated to supporting the needs of our region’s growing population of seniors and those with advanced illness. We have already experienced significant growth this year and with the launch of several new initiatives this Fall, we needed more space,” said Koutsoumpas.

Additional satellite offices providing care and support to patients and families are located throughout the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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 2018 alone, we served over 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.
www.capitalcaring.org

About Marcus Partners

Marcus Partners is a real estate investment firm based in Boston, Massachusetts with additional offices in Metro New York and Metro Washington D.C. The firm is primarily engaged in the acquisition, repositioning, and development of office, medical office, biomedical lab, industrial, residential, and mixed-use properties. Marcus Partners has built its reputation as a real estate investment firm grounded by a deep belief in value investing and is experienced in the complexities of real estate and capital markets. It currently owns and / or manages a diversified portfolio that includes over 7 million square feet along the East Coast. For more information please visit www.marcuspartners.com

Media Contact:   Nancy Cook, VP, Marketing & Communications

(703) 531-6241

Capital Caring Hosts Free Expo to Celebrate Family Caregivers


A Celebration for Those Who Provide a Vital but Unappreciated Role

 

An estimated 40 million people serve as unpaid caregivers in the United States each year. On May 11, Capital Caring—the region’s largest nonprofit provider of advanced illness care—will celebrate local family caregivers with a free day filled with appreciation, information and advice. Free respite care is available upon request.

Hosted in partnership with AARP and Virginia Hospital Center, the Expo will feature speakers on such topics  Alzheimer’s and dementia, caring for someone with chronic pain, navigating the health care system, and caring for the caregiver.

Expo participants include more than 25 local experts in home care, elder law, financial planning, and other caregiver services. Free massages, health screenings and refreshments will also be available.

Event
Capital Caring Caregiver Expo

Date and Time
Saturday, May 11, 2019     10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location
Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College,        Annandale Campus

Featured Speakers

  • Nicole Rochester, Founder/CEO, Your GPS Doc, LLC—An innovative company that helps aging individuals and their family caregivers navigate the healthcare system.
  • Emer MacSweeney, CEO and Medical Director, Re: Cognition Health—An international leader in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related care.
  • Michael Byas-Smith, Medical Director, Capital Caring Center of Pain & Palliative Care—One of the most experienced providers of comprehensive interventional pain and palliative care for cancer patients and those with chronic pain.
  • Joan Panke, NP, Capital Caring —A highly experienced practitioner of palliative care and an expert on advance care planning who was instrumental in establishing the DC MOST (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) Program.

Click here to see our exhibitors and information on their services.

To register for this event, visit  www.capitalcaring.org/caregiverexpo.

Hosted by Capital Caring in partnership with AARP and Virginia Hospital Center
AARP

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.

Northern Virginia Community College does not sponsor or endorse this event.

Dr. Eric DeJonge to lead new Geriatrics Service and Home-Based Primary Care Program

We are excited to share that Eric DeJonge, M.D., one of the nation’s most renowned physicians specializing in geriatrics, will lead our new Geriatrics service.  As our Chief of Geriatrics, he will help us build an array of health services for elders with advanced illness, including Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC), Social Services, and other needed senior health services.  Dr. DeJonge will begin his new role with Capital Caring on July 1, 2019.

Capital Caring Geriatrics will help fill a vast unmet need for thousands of people in the Mid-Atlantic region by providing primary care and social services to seniors and families dealing with advanced illness. This will include elders who are not yet eligible for hospice care; however,  need intensive primary care and social services for serious chronic illness to help them age in place.

Dr. DeJonge currently serves as Executive Director of the MedStar House Call Program and Director of Geriatrics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.  He also serves as President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) and is Co-Chair of the AAHCM Public Policy Committee.

In 2003, he was named National House Call Physician of the Year by the AAHCM.  In 2007, Dr. DeJonge helped develop and advocate for a Medicare reform law called Independence at Home (IAH), to advance the field of home care medicine and reduce Medicare costs. The IAH demonstration began in 2012 and Dr. DeJonge has directed a successful IAH site at MedStar Health for seven years.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. DeJonge graduated with honors from Stanford University and from the Yale School of Medicine.  He trained in primary care internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview and completed fellowships in health policy at Georgetown and Geriatrics at Johns Hopkins.  He is on the teaching faculty at Georgetown School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

 

Lockheed Martin Red Wagon Donation Improves Transport for Pediatric Patients

Lockheed Martin has made it possible for Capital Caring to receive six red wagons equipped with IV poles to help children with serious medical issues enjoy easier transport. The wagons were recently distributed among Capital Caring’s four inpatient hospice centers throughout Maryland, Washington D.C. and northern Virginia.

Members of the Lockheed Martin team joined Capital Caring interim President and CEO President Tom Koutsoumpas to celebrate this beautiful gift to the Capital Caring children and their families who are facing a life-limiting illness.

The Radio Flyer red wagons were designed by Roger Leggett after he noticed how difficult it was to transport children with IV poles from one location to another while his granddaughter was being treated for a serious illness. Mr. Leggett and his son Chad developed a plan to outfit Radio Flyer wagons with IV poles. Tragically, Mr. Leggett’s son died of heatstroke. His former co-workers at Lockheed Martin decided to help him continue building the wagons with IV poles, and Mr. Leggett’s dream was fulfilled.

Now there are hundreds of wagons that bear the label “Chad’s Bracket” in honor of his son, including some wagons sent as far away as Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Capital Caring Physicians featured as Top Doctors in NoVa Magazine

Matthew Kestenbaum, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, and Cameron Muir, M.D., Chief Innovation Officer,  at Capital Caring, were recently voted as Top Doctors in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Drs. Kestenbaum and Muir are featured with the physicians in Northern Virginia who were nominated and selected as Top Doctors by a group of their peers.

Dr. Kestenbaum is well known in the industry as an expert in hospice and palliative care. Among his many accomplishments and successes include his leadership with the Virginia POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) and work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

As chief innovation officer, Dr. Muir is responsible for identifying and implementing new business initiatives based on emerging innovative models designed to care for people with advanced illness. Prior to his work with Capital Caring, Dr. Muir was Medical Director of the Palliative Care and Home Hospice Program of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

$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.

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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.

 

 

 

Raising awareness about pediatric hospice care

For Immediate Release

Raising awareness about pediatric hospice and palliative care is focus of Capital Caring’s Passion for Caring Gala
Dr. David Steinhorn and the PANDA Palliative Care Team at Children’s National Health System; and Dr. Loring Flint, Inova Chief Physician Executive, to be honored at gala

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Capital Caring is raising awareness about hospice and palliative care and the specialized services needed for pediatric patients at its annual Passion for Caring Gala, Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC.

As one of the largest pediatric hospice providers in the country, Capital Caring provides compassionate, person-centered, specialized care to pediatric patients and support to their families throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Capital Caring will also recognize 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 extraordinary 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.

Additionally, Capital Caring will present its 2018 Chair’s Award 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.

The Passion for Caring Gala will also highlight the impact that generous community support has made on patients and families through the wide range of programs Capital Caring offers.

The gala will kick off with a silent auction, followed by networking, dinner, and a live auction.  Proceeds from the 2018 Passion for Caring Gala benefit Capital Caring’s Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Program. For more information about Capital Caring’s Passion for Caring Gala, visit

https://www.capitalcaring.org/event/2018-passion-for-caring-gala/.

Event Details

What:              Capital Caring’s Passion for Caring Gala

 

Where:            Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, 901 Massachusetts Ave, NW , Washington, DC 20001

 

When:             Saturday, November 17, 2018 – 5:30 -10:30 p.m.

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

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

Media passes are available. To register or to learn more about the Gala and opportunities to interview a Capital Caring expert about pediatric hospice and palliative care or a family member in our care, contact Amy Shields 703-531-6095; ashields@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.

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Caring Launches New Website

(Falls Church, VA) Oct. 1, 2018 – Capital Caring is inviting visitors to explore its new website (capitalcaring.org) which has been redesigned to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality.

As one of the largest and oldest non-profit hospice and palliative care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, Capital Caring serves communities from Prince George’s County, Maryland, to Richmond, Virginia including Washington, DC and some 1,400 patients and families each day facing advanced illness.

“Patients struggling with serious illnesses and their caregivers need a special kind of care and support,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, interim CEO of Capital Caring. “They need information and guidance on the best care options tailored to their condition, that enables them to remain as comfortable and active as possible in their own home, or wherever they call home, and Capital Caring can offer them the relief and support they need,” he continued.

Visitors to the site will now have access to updated content on common medical conditions that most frequently benefit from hospice care, with downloadable brochures on topics such as Caring for a Loved One with Dementia, and How to Care for Elderly Parents.  Additional new features include a Caregiver Blog, videos showcasing our special inpatient facilities, comprehensive information on how hospice care is paid for and eligibility requirements, along with opportunities to volunteer and become part of the Capital Caregiver Community.

“Capital Caring’s website will include a Community Calendar of upcoming events throughout our service area, such as movie screenings, support groups, our annual gala, and Caregiver Expo, and be updated regularly with information about our various programs and services, and personal stories about how our care teams and volunteers have made a difference in the lives of our patients and families,” said Koutsoumpas.

The newly designed website is the launch pad for Capital Caring’s enhanced digital marketing program as we seek to reach more members of our community who are unaware of the benefits of hospice and palliative care for people living with advanced and life-altering illness.

Capital Caring Joins Movement to Encourage Conversations About End-of-Life Care

FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Capital Caring, one of the largest and most experienced providers of hospice and palliative care in the mid-Atlantic region, has teamed up with The Conversation Project to educate people on the value of making decisions about their own wishes for end-of-life care. Together the organizations are combining efforts to create positive change in the way our society deals with and prepares for their final days.

Starting today, the partners will leverage National Healthcare Decision Day, recognized April 16, to kick off a grassroots and digital campaign to stimulate family conversations and offer local and national resources about end-of-life care options.

“We know that 90 percent of Americans say that talking about their end-of-life care wishes is important, but that only 30 percent of people are actually having these conversations. Our goal is to close this gap,” says Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of The Conversation Project. “People fear that speaking to their loved ones about their final days would be too grim, but in reality, these are among the most intimate and meaningful conversations people can have.”

Capital Caring has served patients and families struggling with advanced illness for more than 40 years. The comment Capital Caring employees hear most frequently is, “I wish I had known about you (hospice care) sooner.”

Partnering with an organization dedicated to having the conversation before it’s too late, will help Capital Caring educate the countless members of our community  about value of making decisions about their wishes for end-of-life care.

Capital Caring’s service area includes northern Virginia to Fredericksburg and Richmond; suburban Maryland; and the District of Columbia. It is the home of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) and part of the POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm that originated in Oregon in the 1990s to combat the “failure of advance directives.”

Since August 2012, The Conversation Project has been inspiring end-of-life conversations. The Conversation Project’s website is the heart of the campaign’s work, which includes The Conversation Project Starter Kit, a free, downloadable, step-by-step guide developed to help individuals and families start the conversation about end-of-life care.

Contacts

Capital Caring
Nancy Cook
703-531‐6241
ncook@capitalcaring.org
or
The Conversation Project
Kate DeBartolo, Director
617-301-4976
kdebartolo@ihi.org

Helping youth heal after the death of a loved one

Capital Caring Prince George’s County to hold grief camp for youth who have suffered the loss of a family member

When a family member dies, children react differently from adults as they deal with feelings of loss, emotional distress and, in some cases, depression. For the past two decades, Capital Caring has embraced grieving children by offering support at local Point of Hope Camps.

On Aug. 11, Capital Caring Prince George’s County will host a Point of Hope Camp for children ages 6 –15.  The half-day camp is provided at no cost and intended for children who have had a close loved one die recently. Campers will partake in expressive arts, crafts, movement therapy and connect with others who have lost a loved one. The camp will be held at Watkins Park Nature Center in Prince George’s County from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More about Capital Caring Point of Hope Camps
Our Point of Hope Camp staff are trained and licensed social workers, counselors and chaplains who provide support to those facing loss throughout their emotional journey. The camp offers grieving adolescents the opportunity to connect with others who have also suffered a loss in a safe, therapeutic environment. All activities that campers are engaged in are designed to be fun and help campers work through the grief process by building trust, self-esteem and skills to cope with their recent loss.

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.