Monday, August 13, 2018

Board of Directors Announces Shaffer as New Board Member

Hope Healthcare’s board of directors has announced Lori Shaffer, senior vice president at Chico’s FAS, as a new board member.

Shaffer joined the company in 1998 and has held numerous leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including director of merchandising and vice president controller. In 2008, she assumed responsibility for the Chico’s FAS outlet business and has been instrumental in driving growth of that division.

“Lori’s expertise is a great complement to our board,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “We welcome her insights as we remain dedicated to serving the most vulnerable in our community despite decreasing reimbursement and increasing needs.”

Board members serve three-year terms and contribute their expertise, time, talent and resources to advancing Hope’s mission of providing exceptional care and support to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Training Aims to Make Lee County Businesses Dementia-Caring

In an effort to make Lee County a dementia-caring community, local stakeholders have partnered with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI).

Currently, there are more than 21,000 estimated cases of Alzheimer’s disease in Lee County. While Alzheimer’s and related dementias can have profound effects on those living with the disease and their caregivers, it shouldn't limit them from enjoying many activities within the community.

The DCCI task force is providing a free educational module on dementia sensitivity for local businesses and organizations. Participants will gain a better understanding of dementia, learn how to provide a welcoming, respectful environment, and discover local resources to assist those living with the disease - as well as their caregivers and family members.

Partner organizations of the DCCI task force include Lee Health, the Area Agency on Aging, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Alzheimer’s Association, Hope Healthcare, the Department of Elder Affairs, the City of Fort Myers, Right at Home, and Florida Gulf Coast University.

For more information on the free educational module on dementia sensitivity, please contact Christine Didion at

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

‘An Evening with Kevin Nealon’ comedy benefit raises $50,000 for Hope Hospice

Beloved comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni Kevin Nealon entertained nearly 500 Hope supporters with a standup performance and raised $50,000 for Hope Hospice at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre earlier this month.

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, said that Nealon has been a longtime friend of Hope Hospice.

“We are truly grateful for Kevin’s time and talent and for our generous sponsors,” said Beckwith. “With changes in health care regulations and reimbursement, we rely on community support to continue serving those in our community who need Hope most.”

Event sponsors included Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre; Chippendale Audiology; Studio Plus; Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida; Apothecary Specialists, Luis E. Insignares, Attorneys at Law; WINK 96.9 FM; WXNX FM 93X; WINK TV; Traders; Conric PR & Marketing; Kearns Restaurant Group; Estero Bay Chevrolet; and Northwestern Mutual.

An Evening with Kevin Nealon

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“An Evening with Kevin Nealon” Comedy Benefit

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents “An Evening with Kevin Nealon,” a comedy benefit for Hope Hospice Tuesday, June 5 at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

A beloved comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni, Nealon will entertain Hope supporters with a family-friendly standup performance. With Nealon’s generosity and the support of Broadway Palm and the community, 100 percent of the event proceeds will benefit Hope Hospice.

“My first experience with Hope was about 20 years ago when my grandmother was cared for in Fort Myers. I was beyond grateful for the love, compassion and comfort that was shown to her, and to the rest of my family as well,” said Nealon. “Doctors, nurses, support staff, and volunteers all brought comfort to my family at a crucial time when we really needed it. I’m honored for this opportunity to support Hope in its mission to help others in Southwest Florida in the same caring, kind and loving way they helped my family.”

Nealon stars in CBS’s “Man with a Plan” and recently starred in “Weeds” on Showtime. He has appeared in several movies, including “Happy Gilmore” and “The Wedding Singer.”

“Kevin has been a longtime friend of Hope Hospice, and we are truly grateful that he will share his time and talent to help people during a most critical time of life,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “With changes in healthcare regulations and reimbursement, we need community support now more than ever to continue the promise of Hope and meet our community’s needs.”

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. show. General admission tickets are $65, and Meet and Greet tickets are available for $150 that include preferred seating and the opportunity to meet Kevin at a private, pre-event reception.

To purchase general admission tickets, visit  or call 239-278-4422. To purchase a Meet and Greet ticket, visit

Sponsors include Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre; Chippendale Audiology; Studio Plus; Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida; WINK 96.9 FM; WXNX FM 93X; Traders; and Luis E. Insignares, Attorneys at Law.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Walk 4 Hope Raises $10,000

To kick off National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, nearly 150 walkers and supporters gathered at Lakes Regional Park for Walk 4 Hope to benefit the Hope Parkinson Program.

“National Parkinson’s Awareness Month is a great opportunity to share how people throughout Southwest Florida are living well with Parkinson’s disease, and we are so grateful to everyone who participated in our Walk 4 Hope,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare.

Walk 4 Hope lead sponsors included Medtronic, Acadia and Millennium Physician Group. Other supporters included Lee Health Rehabilitation Services and BB&T Insurance Services/Oswald Trippe & Company.

Walk 4 Hope

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.”