National Center for Care at the End of Life Hosts Room-Dedication Ceremony

For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2012

On Tuesday, March 27, The National Center for Care at the End of Life hosted a Room-Dedication Ceremony to celebrate the spaces within the center that have been named as part of a campaign commitment by an individual, provider or business.

The National Center is the home of four affiliated organizations with one vision: a world where individuals and families facing serious illness, death and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer. Those four organizations: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), The National Hospice Foundation (NHF), FHSSA (which began as the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa), and the Hospice Action Network (HAN), had the opportunity to create the National Center for Care at the End of Life in 2008 and began a capital campaign to encourage investments in its future.

“The National Center is so much more than bricks and mortar,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of NHPCO. “It is a space that represents the important work being done across the country to improve care at the end of life, and houses professionals working on critical issues related to improving quality patient care, education, consumer services, research, data analysis, regulatory assistance, advocacy and philanthropy. We are so grateful to each of our contributors for making this space possible.”

Forty spaces within the National Center have been named to date, and the Room-Dedication Ceremony was an opportunity for contributors to experience the space and see the space they selected to name in honor of someone important to them as an individual or organization.

"The center is strategically positioned to challenge conventions about hospice care and press the boundaries of what is possible. This is a place where future leaders can set an example for collaborative thinking and acting in ways that inspire innovation and advance best practices.  We are delighted to be able to contribute to the future in this way," said Teresa Craig, President and CEO of Suncoast Solutions. In recognition of their leadership commitment, Suncoast Solutions and Suncoast Hospice reserved the Reception Gallery at the National Center.

To find out more about the National Center for Care at the End of Life or the Capital Campaign, contact Heather Slack-Ratiu at (703) 837-3155 or