The Washington Capitals took part in their annual team hospital visit at Children’s National Medical Center on Thursday, Feb. 22. Head coach Glen Hanlon and all of the Capitals players participated in the visit, which has become a staple in the Capitals’ community outreach.
The team congregated in the hospital’s main atrium in the early afternoon, before breaking up into small groups and heading to different floors of the center to meet some of the hospital’s patients. Armed with player cards and suited up in their jerseys, each member of the Capitals stopped from room to room to visit with the children, whose ages range from infancy to 21 years, and spread some smiles to those battling illness.
“The courage and heart that these kids show is inspirational,” Capitals captain Chris Clark said. “It was heartwarming to see their smiles; if we brought them even a fraction of the joy they gave us, then today was a success.”
The Capitals visited the Medical Care Unit, Heart and Kidney Unit, Dialysis, Surgical Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Hematology/Oncology Unit, Respiratory Care Unit, Short Stay Unit, Neuro/Ortho Unit, Adolescent and Child Psychiatry units of the hospital. Children’s National Medical Center is home to 283 beds for their young patients and treats every child who walks through the door, even if the families cannot afford the cost of medical treatment.
Players did arts and crafts, posed for photos and signed autographs for patients and parents at the hospital, in an event that they look forward to each year.