Growing Relationships—Regional Hospice welcomes John Capilli to its Volunteer Board of Directors
This week, President & CEO, Cynthia Emiry Roy, MS, LCSW, CHA welcomes John Capilli of Ridgefield, Connecticut to the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to having a personal connection to Regional Hospice, Capilli’s abilities lie in expanding business, increasing revenue sources and building strong relationships. He is President of Classic Equipment Services Inc/Division of Vault Structures, Inc, a bank security equipment company in Danbury with an annual revenue of 5.5M and 15 employees located throughout the tri-state area and Pennsylvania. Capilli also serves on the Immaculate High School Athletic Board and the St. Mary’s Ridgefield School Advisory Board.
Three years ago, Capilli began a relationship with Regional Hospice when his wife of 23 years, Patti Collins Capilli, became a patient at the Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury. “Patti and I didn’t want our two children, Cara and John Jr., to have the memory of their mother passing in our home,” he says. During his first tour of the Center, Capilli was struck by the space. “It was more than I imagined it would be. It was really a sanctuary.”
Before Patti came to the Center, she and John experienced care from another hospice organization. “The experience made clear to me the level of support that Regional Hospice provides. It also really helped to sharpen our perspective and have gratitude for the care our family received,” he says.
Regional Hospice was able to put a smile on Patti’s face through her toughest times—by getting her tacos, Capilli says, smiling. “Staff cared enough to do that because it made her so happy. In her mind, it was like she was in a restaurant. She ordered what she wanted and for a couple of minutes, she felt like everything was okay.”
Last year, Patti was honored at the 2019 Regional Hospice Golf Classic at Ridgewood County Club in Danbury. The all-day event raised $91,000 to help support the Regional Hospice mission of approaching death by creating human connection and honoring each patient’s unique journey.
As a highly energetic sales professional who motivates others through personal example, Capilli, a St. John’s University graduate, looks forward to supporting Regional Hospice in its dedication to walking alongside patients and their loved ones at end of life.
A distinguished nonprofit hospice provider since 1983, Regional Hospice walks alongside patients and their loved ones enabling those in our care to focus on what matters: living fully when facing life-limiting illness. Patients of all ages―from babies to adults―in private homes, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in four Connecticut counties benefit from our services. Our Center for Comfort Care & Healing is the first residential hospice center of its kind in Connecticut, offering all the comforts and amenities of home. The North Star pavilion will make Regional Hospice the only residential hospice center for children in the Northeast and one of only five in the country. We believe no two patients are the same; no end-of-life experience is, either. As advocates for innovative hospice care, we encourage conversations around end-of-life choices because we believe there is more to care than just medicine. Healing is our business, patients and their loved ones our priority.
Written by Sophia Cirigliano