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From left to right: Michelle Brayman, ECC’s Controller; poses with Shannon McLaughlin Abel, ECC’s Director of External Affairs & Development; Dr. Stephen Falchek, MD, ECC’s Chairman of the Board & Medical Director; Louis Capano III; Tracie Martin, RN, MSN, ECC’s Interim Administrator/Director of Nursing; Bill Ludlam, ECC’s Director of Facilities

Exceptional Care for Children (ECC), Delaware’s first and only residential, pediatric skilled nursing facility, recently received a $225,000 donation from the Louis Capano Family Foundation (LCFF) towards the construction of their Bridge Unit building.

Exceptional Care for Children was selected as the 2019 beneficiary for the annual Louis Capano Family Foundation Golf Outing that was held on September 16, 2019.

Louis Capano III signs check to benefit Exceptional Care for Children

“Exceptional Care for Children is unique in its purpose, mission, and resident population as a whole, which sets us apart from other healthcare providers. In order to continue to meet the unique needs of our children as they age, our organization plans to construct a contiguous building on our campus that will eventually be home to our adolescents and young adults”, says ECC’s Interim Administrator/Director of Nursing, Tracie Martin, RN, MSN, says. “A gift of this size is transformational for our organization and we are grateful that the Louis Capano Family Foundation recognizes the growing needs of medically-fragile children and their families in our region.”

Presently, the residents of Exceptional Care for Children must transfer out of ECC prior to their 21st birthday. To fill the healthcare gap that exists between adolescent and adulthood for medically complex individuals, ECC has launched a capital campaign to construct a 22-bed skilled nursing building on their property called the “Bridge Unit”. This building will work to ensure that there is a deliberate transition and not transfer of ECC for Delaware’s most fragile citizens.

Dr. Stephen Falchek, MD, ECC’s Chairman of the Board & Medical Director accepts check from the Louis Capano III from the Louis Capano Family Foundation

“The skill and dedication of the ECC staff is extraordinary,” said LCFF President and Capano Management CEO Louis Capano III. “We are proud the tournament and this gift will help support one of the few pediatric skilled nursing facilities in the nation striving to give their young residents as normal a life as possible despite their medical challenges.”

From left to right: Dr. Stephen Falchek, MD, ECC’s Chairman of the Board & Medical Director; poses with Shannon McLaughlin Abel, ECC’s Director of External Affairs & Development; Louis Capano III