SOURCE: Capital Caring

Capital Caring

April 18, 2016 09:00 ET

New Inpatient Hospice Center to Care for Underserved Communities

14-Bed Unit Is the First Hospital-Based Hospice Unit Located in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - April 18, 2016) - Capital Caring, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care organizations in the country, opened its third inpatient hospice location last week. The 14-bed Capital Caring Center, located within Providence Hospital in NE Washington, joins the Capital Caring Halquist Center and the Adler Center for Caring in Arlington and Aldie, VA, respectively, in providing world-class care to those with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

"Capital Caring is devoted to ensuring the moms and dads in our nation's capital who need inpatient hospice care have access to it, and we are thrilled to open the doors of care for them," said Malene Davis, Capital Caring's President and CEO. "We know there is a critical shortage of hospice beds in the city, and other locations may be inaccessible to the most underserved neighbors in the area. It is an honor to bring our world-class hospice service to the community."

"The addition of these 14 new beds at Providence Hospital brings Capital Caring's inpatient capacity across the capital region to 56, including another new unit in Prince George's County that is scheduled to open later this Spring," said Kim Mitchell, who oversees Capital Caring's District-based services as well as the new inpatient unit at Providence Hospital. "While these inpatient units advance Capital Caring's mission to simply improve care, they also help us reduce overall healthcare costs and effectively deliver patient care in times of high anxiety for patients and their families."

Hospice utilization rates in Washington, DC are amongst the lowest in the country, with slightly more than one out of every three individual who qualifies for the specialized care receiving it. In a majority of cases, Medicare's Hospice Benefit or commercial insurance plans make advanced illness care services available at no cost.

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 more than 84,000 patients and their families. Nearly 800 employees and 1,000 volunteers have traveled more than 1.8 million miles to provide these services to nearly 1,200 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.

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