AccentCare improves access to care for the underserved

Dallas, Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AccentCare, a leading provider of home health, hospice and personal care services, has been awarded a District of Columbia (DC) Certificate of Need (CON ) to provide in-home services – hospice palliative care services to residents of the DC metro area intended to fill a gap in services and increase health equity.

“We are honored to bring our hospice palliative care services to DC residents in early 2022, and in doing so, we will be better able to address unmet hospice palliative care needs in specific populations, especially among Black and LGBTQ+ residents and those experiencing homelessness,” Rafael Fantauzzi said. , vice president and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at AccentCare. “We are grateful to the National Health Planning and Development Agency and the CON process for ensuring that qualified palliative care programs and services are available to patients and families throughout the district, particularly in the underserved communities.”

AccentCare will establish its office in Ward 7, but staff will be available and accessible to the entire district. AccentCare is also honored to serve nine counties in Maryland, including Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties, providing continuity of care for the greater DC and Maryland area from the District all the way to Baltimore. Services provided will include nursing care, pastoral care, medical social work, respite care, home care, 24-hour continuous home care during critical times, and bereavement services for members of family. The organization will also offer specialized programs such as cultural inclusion palliative care services, music therapy and a We Honor Veterans program. AccentCare will contract with hospitals and other facilities to provide inpatient care and respite care.

“We are privileged to offer our services to all residents in the district who are clinically appropriate for palliative care,” said Altonia Garrett, executive director of AccentCare’s new DC program. Garrett joins AccentCare from Capital Caring Health, where she served as vice president of public affairs and strategic partnerships. She currently serves on the board of the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland and chairs its diversity committee.

According to recent data from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, DC’s rate of Medicare decedents enrolled in hospice at the time of death is lower than surrounding states and even the country, with DC ranking 48th in the country. “Our goal is to improve the time each of our patients has left by ensuring that neither pain nor symptoms of decline diminish their quality of life,” added Garrett. “To do this, we look forward to providing our services to the district and being an employer of choice for the community.”

As one of the nation’s largest hospice providers, AccentCare currently provides hospice services in 23 states, including DC, providing care to more than 40,000 patients annually. Supporting its mission to reinvent care, AccentCare has 27 inpatient care centers and supports communities through its more than 80 palliative care agencies for people with advanced life-limiting illness.

About AccentCare

AccentCare is a national leader and trusted guide in post-acute healthcare spanning a broad continuum of services from non-medical personal care to skilled nursing, rehabilitation, palliative care, palliative care, health home care, telehealth and care management. Our innovative care models and strategic relationships with leading healthcare systems, physician groups, insurers and value-driven providers allow us to fully understand how to provide the best possible experience for patients and their families. Because of these distinct advantages, we can relentlessly reinvent and advance the standards of care in our communities.

Based in Dallas, our 30,000 compassionate professionals across the country deliver on the promise of exceptional care at more than 260 sites, collectively serving more than 210,000 people in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Visit us at


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