On Thursday, April 20, five of Capital Caring’s most dedicated volunteers were recognized by the Bowie Baysox baseball team. The volunteers, all of whom work with Capital Caring’s Prince George’s County (Maryland) neighborhood, were selected based on their commitment to serving their local community and were each given two tickets to the game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Capital Caring could not be more proud of these five volunteers, nor of the nearly 1,000 volunteers whose generosity knows no limits in simply improving care for the 1,300 moms, dads, and kids we support every day in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.
“I don’t know what I did to deserve this recognition,” said James Ealey. “I enjoy volunteering for Capital Caring. Providing companionship for the patients is a gift in itself.” James has been volunteering with Capital Caring for about four years. When his wife became ill, she came to Capital Caring for hospice support. After she passed, James took a month off from volunteering but then resumed his service with us.
“I was nervous about volunteering at first, but I’m not anymore,” admitted Kristen Waugh. “I wish more people knew about this great service. So many people could benefit from it.”
If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Capital Caring, please visit our Volunteer page!
Forty years ago, a doctor in Northern Virginia, Josefina Magno, learned of people in her community who were living with advanced illnesses whose treatments were no longer effective. Dr. Magno understood that individuals nearing the end of their lives had specific medical needs that could no longer be effectively addressed by their doctors, so she and a dedicated group of volunteers took it upon themselves to care for these individuals. It was this group of volunteers that laid the foundation for what would become Capital Caring. Today we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our organization’s founding by those dedicated volunteers and committed neighborhood partners.
Thanks to the efforts of thousands of employees and volunteers over the past four decades, Capital Caring is now the largest hospice and palliative care provider in the mid-Atlantic region. Our service area expands as far south as the North Carolina border, and as far east as Prince George’s County, Maryland. We serve families in our nation’s capital and as far west as West Virginia. We are confident Dr. Magno would be proud of everything our staff, volunteers, donors, and partners have accomplished as we continually work to realize her vision to provide care for all those who need it.
Our vision remains unchanged: we strive every day to be recognized as a Center of Excellence in providing and catalyzing world-class advanced illness care. As one of the original hospice providers in the United States, we are driven by our desire to improve hospice care standards and to increase access to these services nationwide. In the early-1980s, we were pleased to serve as a hospice demonstration project, which ultimately led to the creation of the Medicare Hospice Benefit, a program that provides for hospice services nationwide and is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We are proud to remain partners with CMS as we seek to provide – and measure the outcomes of – world-class care offered to those living with advanced illness.
We take great pride in delivering innovative, transformative, and holistic advanced illness care and support to the 1,300 moms, dads, and kids who entrust us to simply improve their care every day. Our doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, and volunteers work with each person to address what matters most and to provide care that fits their lives and allows them to enjoy precious time with their loved ones.
Capital Caring approaches each individual’s care with a goal to reduce pain and anxiety and to ensure every person is comfortable and able to spend time focusing on what matters most. While a majority of the care we provide is wherever each person calls “home,” we know that some people require additional support and now provide nearly 60 inpatient beds throughout four facilities in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, that allow us to offer round-the-clock acute care when needed. Our TeleCaring program provides an extra layer of support to patients and families via daily proactive phone calls to check in on patient and caregiver comfort, which allows us to address individual needs, even when our clinical teams are not in the home.
We also understand the impact that losing a loved one can have on an individual’s family and friends and are proud to offer more than a year of bereavement counseling to surviving family members of those who pass away under our care while also supporting their extended communities. Our counselors’ reach extends to church support groups, home visits, and even school-based support groups throughout our service area, while our Point of Hope camps offer a safe space for children experiencing loss to share their feelings with other kids experiencing the same emotions, all with the goal of helping them learn to adapt to their new life situations.
As we celebrate all that we have accomplished during the past four decades of caring, we are using this anniversary milestone to recommit ourselves to work every day to give moms, dads, and kids, as well as their families, the resources they need to make the right decisions about their healthcare. We believe all people deserve world-class care and serve individuals and families regardless of their ability to pay. The last thing anyone wants to worry about is how they or their family will manage health care services.
When thinking back to our opening in 1977 as just a small collection of devoted volunteers, we cannot help but take pride in how far we have come. We have helped transform how hospice and palliative care is provided in the United States, and we have inspired thousands of individuals to embrace hospice care as their personal and professional passions.
But we know there is more we can do. Far too many individuals and families in our region, and throughout the entire United States, who suffer with advanced illness and do not experience the comforting touch of a caring hospice provider. They are simply unaware of hospice as a service and a provider of emotional, physical, and spiritual relief for those facing serious illness.
So while we celebrate our accomplishments today and reflect on 40 years of caring, tomorrow is a new day. We will re-double our commitment to reaching every mom, dad, and child for whom we can provide comfort and simply improve care.
Over the past 40 years, Capital Caring has been privileged to care for more than 100,000 moms, dads, and kids, in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. Of course, we have not always had such a large service area and have grown a lot since 1977. Our growth permits us to simply improve care for more families than we would have been able to do otherwise, creating lasting memories and treasured moments for each of them.
We expanded our service area to the Greater Richmond area last year and are appreciative for the warm welcome we received in the community. In particular, our presence in Richmond gave us the opportunity to meet and care for Deacon Eulis C. Beasley and his family.
Deacon Beasley hailed originally from North Carolina, though he and his family settled in Petersburg, Virginia, after he completed his Army service. With a strong faith, Deacon Beasley devoted as much time as possible to ministry; he sang in the Gospel Unlimited Choir and served with the Southside Jail and Prison Ministry for more than 30 years. He assisted ex-offenders as they transitioned back into society by providing clothes, transportation, housing, employment opportunities, and housing support. His family referred to Deacon Beasley as a “living example” of Luke 4:18 – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recover of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”
Like Deacon Beasley, Capital Caring is passionate about caring for all those who need our support. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support everyone who reaches out to us, whether they are in Largo (MD) or Leesburg (VA), Richmond (VA) or Washington (DC), Morgantown (WV) or anywhere in between. Just as Deacon Beasley was called to care for others, all of us at Capital Caring are passionate about providing care, comfort, and a warm hug to all those facing advanced illness.
We are so grateful for the time we spent with Deacon Beasley and his extended family and thank them for allowing us to walk with them during Deacon Beasley’s final journey.
As part of our popular Business Buzz program, Capital Caring welcomed more than 30 representatives from our business partners to the Capital Caring Adler Center on the Van Metre Campus on Thursday, February 9, for a special luncheon and presentation. Guests received an executive update from President and CEO Malene Davis, who welcomed everyone to our first Business Buzz of the year by thanking them for their support and investment in Capital Caring’s mission. Without the support and partnership of our technology providers, our medical equipment providers, our pharmacy partners, and even our accounting and investment portfolio managers, Capital Caring would not be able to provide the world-class service our community has relied on for the past 40 years. These organizations represent some of our region’s most influential and community-minded businesses.
Kim Brancato, the Executive Director of the Capital Caring Adler Center shared a beautiful story about the impact our volunteers, nurses, and social worker had on one particular patient who was so moved by the music being played on the piano in our Great Room and the calming touch of a pet therapy dog that her abdominal pain completely subsided. Len Adler, who along with his wife, Dale, provided the funds to build the Capital Caring Adler Center, then shared a poem that helped plant the seed in his heart about supporting Capital Caring in such a profoundly generous way. We are forever grateful for the dedication the entire Adler family has shown over the past years. And finally, Dawn Draayer, our Major and Corporate Gifts Officer, provided a sneak preview of the many events (and future Business Buzz luncheons) Capital Caring has planned for the rest of our 40th anniversary year.
We would like to offer our sincere appreciation to all those who joined us for the first Business Buzz event of 2017. To learn more about future events, or to learn how your support could help Capital Caring simply improve care for those with advanced illness, email Dawn Draayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Corporate Partnership Program page.
Capital 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, Virginia, and West 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.
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