Two Capital Caring Physicians featured as Top Doctors in Northern Virginia 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.

Calling All Nurses! Upcoming Recruitment Fairs

Capital Caring, one of the nation’s largest and most experienced nonprofit providers of hospice and palliative care, will be hosting special events for nursing positions in two of our locations

Meet with our hiring team for prescheduled one-on-one interviews! Walk ins are welcome.

Merrifield – Tuesday, February 28 from 12:00 – 5:00pm

We are seeking clinically excellent and dedicated Registered Nurses to join our multidisciplinary team of skilled professionals. Full-time, part-time, weekend and PRN positions are available in our Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church Neighborhoods and at our Capital Caring Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center.

Falls Church Office:
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA 22042

Adler Center – Wednesday, March 6 from 10:00am – 3:00pm

We are seeking clinically excellent and dedicated Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants to join our multidisciplinary team of skilled professionals. Full-time, part-time, weekend and PRN positions are available at our Capital Caring Adler Center.

Adler Center:
24419 Millstream Drive
Aldie, VA 20105

Please RSVP by submitting an application and resume online and a recruiter will be in touch to schedule an interview with you and a hiring manager. If you are unable to attend either recruitment fair, we would love to speak with you at a time that is convenient for you.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Please call 703-351-2815 or email: recruitment@capitalcaring.org if you have any questions!

Click here to apply for the Merrifield Open House

Click here to apply for Adler Center Open House

Capital Caring to Host Family Caregiver Expo


A Celebration for Those Who Provide a Vital but Unappreciated Role

 

There are approximately 43.5 million caregivers in the United States providing support to their loved ones, and the month of May has been designated as Older American’s Month. To celebrate and support family caregivers, Capital Caring will host its first Caregiver Expo on Saturday, May 11 at Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus.

The event is being presented in partnership with AARP and Virginia Hospital Center, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expo is free and will feature information highlighting resources and support programs available to family caregivers, including home care services, financial and estate planning, elder law, and information sessions on such topics as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Preservation of Assets, and Caring for the Caregiver. Free health screenings will be offered as well as free massages. Free respite care will be provided upon request to enable caregivers to experience the event.

Hosted by Capital Caring in partnership with AARP and Virginia Hospital Center
AARP
For more information or to register for this event, visit  www.capitalcaring.org/caregiverexpo.

ABOUT CAPITAL CARING
Since 1977, Capital Caring has simply improved care for those facing life‐limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education and advocacy. Since its inception, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to nearly 120,000 patients and their families. Almost 800 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 patients each day. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non‐profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring is proud to provide nearly $3.3 million in charitable care to families in need annually. 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.

$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
For 41 years, Capital Caring’s mission has been to simply improve care for those facing life-limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education, and advocacy. Since its founding by committed volunteers in Northern Virginia, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to more than 120,000 patients and their families. Nearly 750 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 moms, dads, and kids every day in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring supports all those who need care, regardless of their ability to pay, and is proud to provide nearly $3.3 million in charitable care to families in need annually.

 

 

 

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
For 41 years, Capital Caring’s mission has been to simply improve care for those facing life-limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education, and advocacy. Since its founding by committed volunteers in Northern Virginia, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to more than 120,000 patients and their families. Nearly 750 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 moms, dads, and kids every day in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring supports all those who need care, regardless of their ability to pay, and is proud to provide nearly $3.3 million in charitable care to families in need annually.

 

 

 

 

 

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; the District of Columbia; and 13 counties in northern West Virginia. 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
Since 1977, Capital Caring has simply improved care for those facing life‐limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education and advocacy. Since its inception, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to nearly 120,000 patients and their families. Almost 800 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 patients each day. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non‐profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring is proud to provide nearly $3.3 million in charitable care to families in need annually. To learn more about Capital Caring, visit www.capitalcaring.org or call 800‐869‐2136.

Making Memories: Capital Caring Sponsors Taylor Swift Concert Experience

MEDIA ADVISORY – July 6, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Cook, VP, Marketing and Communications, Capital Caring ncook@capitalcaring.org / 703-531-6241

EVENT
Children who have suffered the loss of a parent or loved one, along with family members or guardians, will be attending the July 10, 2018 Taylor Swift concert thanks to Capital Caring and its community partners. Capital Caring (one of the largest and oldest non-profit hospice organizations in the mid-Atlantic region) has embraced grieving children and teens for more than two decades by offering grief support through specialized bereavement programs held in individual Capital Caring neighborhoods across the MD, VA and D.C. metropolitan region. Through its community partnership with the Washington Redskins, Capital Caring has access to a private suite at FedEx Field for the concert. Financial gifts from Apple Federal Credit Union and other donors will allow 17 children and their guardians to be treated to an all-expenses-paid experience, including transportation, food, concert tickets and souvenirs. Transportation is being provided courtesy of DC Trails.

DATE/TIME Tuesday, July 10
Concert will begin at 7 p.m. EDT LOCATION FedEx Field, 1600 Fedex Way, Landover, MD 20785 ABOUT CAPITAL CARING Since 1977, Capital Caring has simply improved care for those facing life‐limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education and advocacy. Since its inception, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to nearly 110,000 patients and their families. Almost 800 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 patients each day. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non‐profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring is proud to provide nearly $3 million in charitable care to families in need annually. To learn more about Capital Caring, visit www.capitalcaring.org or call 800‐869‐2136.

Increased Awareness by Primary Care Physicians Could Boost Hospice Utilization

Jordan A. Keen, MD, and Matthew G. Kestenbaum, MD, both Board-certified hospice and palliative care physicians at Capital Caring, reviewed an article published in January in Annals of Family Medicine that focused on regional variations in primary care provided at end-of-life and corroborated previous findings regarding the importance of PCPs in EOL care. They offered several potential explanations for the reduced hospice utilization amongst this cadre of patients, including a fear of losing a long-established PCP relationship or impaired ability of new physicians to accurately treat an individual facing end-of-life concerns.

“We know that individuals facing advanced illness have specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs that hospice providers are uniquely positioned to address,” remarked Dr. Kestenbaum. “There exists the possibility that primary care physicians are not aware of the benefits of hospice care for those patients dealing with end-of-life stress or that many people live longer when under hospice care than those who do not access this level of care. We agree that more education about hospice care aimed at primary care physicians could improve the care provided to individuals under their care. At the end of the day, we all want to ensure each of our patients lives as full a life as possible for as long as possible, and access to hospice care is an essential component of the full continuum of healthcare.”

Reviews such as this one, published in Palliative Care – Fast Article Critical Summaries for Clinicians in Palliative Care (PC-FACS), provide valuable summaries of key recently published research for clinicians specializing in the care and treatment of individuals facing advanced illness. As a testament to its commitment to excellence in care and the distribution of knowledge to support the care of individuals across the country, Capital Caring is honored that Dr. Kestenbaum serves on the Editorial Board of PC-FACS, which is published by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.