NHF Launches Campaign for the National Center for Care at the End of Life

For Immediate Release:
May 4, 2011

$2.3 Million of $10 Million Raised to Date

(Alexandria, VA) – The National Hospice Foundation officially launched the Campaign for the Center for Care at the End of Life on Friday, April 8 at the From Sea to Shining Sea gala, with an announcement by President & CEO J. Donald Schumacher that $2.3 million of the campaign goal of $10 million had been raised.

Located in Old Town Alexandria, VA—very close to Washington, DC with easy access to the Metro (King Street) —the National Center for Care at the End of Life is the headquarters for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and its three affiliates: NHF, FHSSA, and the Hospice Action Network.

“The Campaign is a wonderful opportunity for donors and friends to invest in creating the National Center for Care at the End of Life. It is the place the hospice and palliative care community can  rely on for education, training, advocacy, and informational resources. More than bricks and mortar, the Center is the cornerstone for advancing care and compassion in this country,” said Schumacher.

Lead gifts and pledges of $100,000 and above have been made by Paul (posthumously) and June Ebensteiner, Good Shepherd Hospice, Hope Hospice and Community Services, LifePath Hospice, the staff of NHPCO and its affiliates, Suncoast Hospice and Suncoast Solutions, and the Morfogen Fund for Arts and Education.  For a comprehensive list of all donors, visit  donate.nationalhospicefoundation.org/CampaignDonors

NHF Board Chair Mary Labyak  said,“This is the center of thought, word, and deed when it comes to end-of-life issues for all Americans. If you have donated to that campaign, we thank you. If you have not, we invite you to be a part.” Labyak is president and CEO of Suncoast Hospice of Clearwater Florida.

More information—including how to make a donation—can be found at donate.nationalhospicefoundation.org/CapitalCampaign.

The campaign ends on December 31, 2015.  

Hospice providers, businesses serving the hospice and palliative care community, and the general public are all welcome to tour the National Center. Contact Heather Slack-Ratiu at 703-837-3155 or hslackratiu@nationalhospicefoundation.org to arrange a visit.

NHPCO members are welcome to use the building’s meeting space at no cost. Other organizations are welcome to inquire about rental. Anyone wishing to use or rent the meeting space should contact Andy Duncan at 703-837-3145 or aduncan@nhpco.org.

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For information, contact:
Susan Messina

Director, Communications and Special Projects
571-275-4324