Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Luncheon raises nearly $150,000 for Hope Hospice

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee recently hosted its 15th annual Spring Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, raising nearly $150,000 to benefit Hope Hospice.

“The continued support of The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee allows us to fulfill our mission to provide comforting care to all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “We are so grateful for the committee’s dedication, for our sponsors, and for all who made this year’s Spring Luncheon a success.”

Event chairs Barbara Caccese, Etta Smith and Signe Wynne, along with event committee members, coordinated the celebration for more than 275 guests. The afternoon’s events included boutique shopping, raffle prizes, silent auction packages to Costa Rica, San Francisco and Italy’s Amalfi Coast, along with a fashion show featuring spring apparel from Kathryn’s Collection.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. served as presenting sponsor. Event sponsors included Northern Trust, Suncoast Print & Promotions, Inc., Dena’s Secretarial Services, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Kathryn’s Collection, and the Spring Luncheon Committee.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Preparing for Mother's Day after Loss

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s important to remember that it can be a difficult holiday for those who have lost a child. It may be a painful reminder of the sons or daughters who are no longer here to share this special time. How can bereaved mothers cope when other mothers are being celebrated? What can they do when the day itself feels like another blow to their spirits?

Coping strategies can take effort at a time when energy is in short supply, but the following ideas may help grieving mothers and ease their suffering.

  • Decide that Mother’s Day is just another Sunday, and choose not to celebrate. 
  • Or, choose to honor the day by staying in the moment. If negative thoughts arise, try focusing on something else. 
  • During an event hosted by friends or family, remember the option to arrive late or leave early. Step away for quiet moments if needed. 
  • Be gentle, treating yourself with kindness and compassion.
  • Rest, drink plenty of water, and eat something nutritious. Avoid overindulging in alcohol or practicing other potentially unhealthy behaviors. 
  • Practice self-care. Go for a walk, listen to music, or watch a favorite movie.
  • Reach out to trusted loved ones for support.

Your grief journey is yours to navigate. The pain of the loss may be brought into focus on Mother’s Day, but you are not alone.

To attend a support group specifically for bereaved moms, contact Lorrie McCann, LMHC, CT at (239) 985-7716. For other help in dealing with feelings of grief and loss, please contact a Hope bereavement counselor at (239) 482-4673.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kelly Greens raises $43,000 for Hope Hospice

Members of the Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club hosted the 17th annual Golf Classic to benefit Hope Hospice. More than 80 golfers and 150 event supporters enjoyed a golf tournament, scavenger hunt and banquet during the event, which raised $43,000 from a 50-50 raffle and silent and live auctions.

Since the inception of the Kelly Greens tournament, members of the country club have raised nearly $500,000 for Hope Hospice.

John and Judy Dolan served as Golf and Tennis Classic event committee chairs. Event sponsors included Bank of America/Merrill Lynch; Club Care/Pine Straw Inc.; Cintron Landscape Services; Tim Smith Brick Pavers; Build, Inc.; and Charles and Jane Johnson.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Groundbreaking at The Preserve



Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith with Kevin Ahmadi of Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America, the non-profit parent organization of Cape Coral’s Gulf Coast Village, has broken ground on The Preserve, a new state-of-the-art skilled nursing and assisted living residence in Fort Myers. The three-story, 118,000-square-foot facility is currently under construction at the northeast corner of Six Mile Cypress Parkway and Michael G. Rippe Parkway in south Fort Myers.

“With more than 30 senior living and care communities throughout the U.S., Volunteers of America is a well-known leader in senior living, and we’re excited to bring that same level of medical care and compassion into Fort Myers,” said Kevin Ahmadi, regional director of operations for Volunteers of America, the non-profit organization that sponsors The Preserve. “Over the years, we have been working in partnership with local care providers including Lee Health and Hope Healthcare on strategies to meet the growing needs of Lee County’s seniors.”

The Preserve is the first building to break ground at Hope Preserve, a healthcare campus planned to include multiple facilities and organizations dedicated to caring for seniors and for people who are chronically ill.

“While envisioning the ideal Hope Preserve campus, we knew it was important to include partnerships that would complement our mission of improving the quality of life for people who are frail, aging or coping with serious illnesses,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “The Preserve’s groundbreaking marks the first step in addressing our region’s growing need for the comforting care. Hope has provided to the community for nearly 40 years. We are delighted to share in this exciting milestone, and we are eagerly looking forward to celebrating additional site developments in the future.”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

VALOR program recognized by Cape Royal Community Foundation

Hope VALOR, a program of Hope Healthcare, was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Cape Royal Community Foundation.

Hope’s volunteer Honor Guard, a group of U.S. veterans and supporters, conduct special presentations for Hope’s veterans as part of the VALOR program. With family and friends in attendance, veterans are honored with a certificate of appreciation, lapel pin, stuffed bear and a formal military salute.

Staff also collaborate with the Veterans Administration to help make arrangements for replacement medals, military funeral honors, burials in a VA national cemetery, and donations of artifacts to historical societies and museums.

VALOR was among seven nonprofit organizations recognized with 2017 grants from the CRCF.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Annual Hope Parkinson Symposium: Education and Inspiration

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, caregivers and those living with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a morning of education and inspiration at the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium Friday, Feb. 16 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers.

The day kicks off with an optional pre-event session with movement disorder specialist Dr. Ramon Rodriguez, who will discuss Duopa, a gel formation of carbidopa/levodopa from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The Symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Chauncey Spears, neurologist and senior movement disorders fellow at the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, presenting “The Mind, Mood and Memory in Parkinson’s Disease.” John Baumann, an internationally renowned motivational speaker who has PD, will offer tips for living your best life in “Care Partnering through Love and with Hope” together with his wife, Bernadette. Registered nurse, certified personal trainer and functional aging specialist Jeri Ann Lundgren will present “How Fitness Can Improve Functional Abilities and Prevent Falls.” 

The day will conclude with a guest speaker Q&A panel. Symposium pre-event check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.; registration and exhibits begin at 9:30 a.m. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. $25 per person includes a deluxe brunch buffet.

The Symposium’s lead sponsor is Abbvie; sponsors include Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Medtronic, Seniors BlueBook; UD WorldMeds; Brookdale Senior Living Solutions; FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers; LeeHealth; and Osterhout McKinney, P.A. Elder Law Attorneys.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Yachts of Hope Benefit for Hope Hospice Raises More Than $500,000

Yachts of Hope – a fundraiser for Hope Hospice at Gulf Harbor Yacht and Country Club – raised more than $500,000 and marked the start of Hope Hospice’s capital campaign to build a new hospice house and senior care facility at the corner of Six Mile Cypress and Metro Parkway in Fort Myers.

Hosted by Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, Sonya Sawyer and Lizbeth Benacquisto, with committee members Pam Cronin, Deanna Hansen, Andie Vogt and Mary Jo Walker, the event featured tours of 15 luxury yachts and tastings from fine local restaurants and caterers including Cru, LYNQ, Keyline Bistro, SABORAM and Purple Spoon.

Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, live band and dancing along with an exciting live auction with VIP trips to The Masters, EMMY Awards, Paris, London and Italy.

Known as Hope Preserve, the property will feature a state-of-the-art hospice house, community bereavement center, a Parkinson Program Center and Hope PACE Care Center for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

“This care campus will focus on ensuring optimal quality of life for people who are frail and aging, living with serious illness or grieving,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Hope Preserve will allow for the expansion of vital programs and services such as bereavement support for children and adults, Parkinson’s resources and senior care.”

Yachts of Hope presenting sponsor The John E. and Aliese Price Foundation was joined by top sponsors Stilwell Enterprises, Youngquist Brothers, Cypress Cove, Home-Tech and Mark Loren Designs.

Yachts of Hope 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Samira K. Beckwith Elected to NHPCO Board of Directors

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Beckwith also currently serves on the board of directors for the NHPCO Hospice Action Network.

Beckwith has previously served as a NHPCO board officer in the positions of Chair and Treasurer, as well as Chair of the board of directors for the National Hospice Foundation.

NHPCO is the largest membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the U.S. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing the quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

“Serving in a leadership position helps ensure that I can elevate hospice and palliative care for Southwest Floridians,” Beckwith said. “Being involved with organizations like NHPCO helps the development of partnerships and opportunities of the evolving model of health care that directly affects people. It’s all about helping to improve quality of life and access to care for those in need.”

In addition to positions with other national and statewide boards, Beckwith served as a state delegate to The White House Conference on Aging, was a Governor’s appointee to the Long-Term Care Policy Advisory Council, and is the founding president of the Florida PACE Association.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wife of county-pop music legend Glen Campbell shares Alzheimer’s experience: A Caregiver’s Journey


Caregivers, medical professionals and community members are invited to attend “A Caregiver’s Journey” as Kim Campbell, wife of Grammy Hall of Fame and award-winning music artist Glen Campbell, shares her Alzheimer’s experience and discusses ways families can navigate the challenges of the disease.

Sponsored by Arden Courts Memory Care Community and Hope Healthcare, the event is free and open to the public Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 10051 Plantation Road in Fort Myers.

Registration is required. RSVP online at Donate.HopeHCS.org/Kim or call 877-856-2449.

Kim Campbell’s marriage of more than three decades to Glen Campbell has become a testament to devotion and overcoming adversity. Since his diagnosis in 2011, she supported her husband through the tumultuous hardships that accompany the disease to become a tireless, influential voice for all people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. She recently launched CareLiving.org, a lifestyle guide providing resources, inspiration and a sense of community to this underserved group.

Arden Courts Executive Director Dotty St. Amand and Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith will provide a special introduction to the afternoon with Kim Campbell.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tree of Lights Tradition Continues at Hope Hospice

We welcome friends and family members to remember a loved one this year by adding a butterfly to our Tree of Lights. This annual tradition at Hope has a special history and has become a cherished ritual for many of our supporters.

The white butterflies on each Tree represent the loved ones who we remember all year long and who we especially want to honor and memorialize during the holiday season.

  • A gift of $25 ensures the placement of a personalized butterfly.
  • With a gift of $50 or more, donors will also receive a 2017 metal keepsake ornament for their own tree. 
  • Dedication stones for our Tribute Gardens are also available for $250 and come with all the benefits listed above.

Ornaments may be purchased at the front desk of each Hope Hospice House or at Donate.HopeHCS.org/TreeofLights.