Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Beckwith Contributing Author of “Aging America”

Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith has authored a chapter in the book “Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death in Later Life,” published by the Hospice Foundation of America.

According to the Foundation, 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the United States. By 2040, Medicare is expected to include 80 million enrollees. “Aging America” examines ways that mental health professionals, healthcare providers, and the wider community can support the growing number of aging Americans as they experience loss and grief.

In the chapter, “The Hospice Connection: Helping Elders Access Hospice Care,” Beckwith dispels hospice myths, shares facts, and addresses the importance of open communication between patients, their loved ones, and their doctors.

“Families and physicians must understand that hospice is for the last phase, not the last days, of life,” said Beckwith. “Seeking hospice does not mean giving up. Hospice care was intended for a longer period of time in order to provide the utmost relief from pain and suffering and to deliver longer-term clinical and practical benefits, such as counseling and spiritual care.”

Monday, March 18, 2019

Hospice and Palliative Care Providers Now Sharing Health Data Through ENS

The Florida Health Information Exchange welcomes hospice and palliative care providers to the growing number of health care professionals exchanging patient information through the Encounter Notification Service (ENS). ENS is a statewide network of health systems, accountable care organizations (ACOs), physician practices, and payers that provides real-time notice of patient health care encounters, allowing participants to work together to improve care coordination and transitions of care.

ENS is the largest network of its kind in Florida, connecting over 225 hospitals, 25 ACOs, 15 health insurance companies, and thousands of physicians and health care professionals statewide. Connecting to ENS allows hospice and palliative care providers to know in real-time when one of their patients is receiving emergency or inpatient care at a participating hospital. ENS allows hospice and palliative care providers to work with an admitting hospital on a patient’s care plan, help patients avoid unnecessary or unwanted care, and assist with the transition home or to post-acute care upon discharge. ENS also enables hospice providers to notify other network participants when shared patients have begun hospice care.

Dr. Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare, said “We are proud to work with the Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE) to ensure timely, coordinated, compassionate care for people living with serious illness. The Encounter Notification Service helps Hope deliver the right care at the right time. The Florida HIE and Acclivity Health have made it easier to receive and respond to vital health data for the benefit of our patients.”

The vendor for the Florida Health Information Exchange, Audacious Inquiry (Ai), also supports the coordination of patient hospice and palliative care through their strategic partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). This partnership aims to improve care quality by increasing connectivity, expanding access to care, and promoting advocacy efforts across the hospice and palliative care communities.

Acclivity Health, which offers connected care solutions to physician practices, ACOs, and hospice providers, has been instrumental in connecting hospice and palliative care providers to ENS in Florida.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Increased Access to Palliative Care: Florida Daily Report

From the Florida Daily March 12, 2019

On Wednesday, Florida TaxWatch released a report showing that increased access to palliative care is a boost to patients while cutting healthcare costs.

Samira Beckwith, the president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, is the chairwoman of the Florida TaxWatch Center for Health and Aging.

“Expanding community-based palliative care could improve quality of life for patients and reduce healthcare spending for Floridians,” said Beckwith. “Palliative care cannot and should not replace hospice care and should not delay the provision of hospice care for eligible and appropriate terminally ill patients, but palliative care can serve both to provide services for those patients with chronic but not terminal conditions and serve a patient’s needs until hospice care is appropriate. The ideal interaction between palliative care and hospice is a seamless transition from palliative to hospice services.”

“Based on our research, it is clear that palliative care warrants special attention as a distinct and promising healthcare service,” said Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic Calabro. “With nearly one-half of American adults living with at least one serious condition or chronic illness, state policymakers should have a full understanding of how this could benefit all Floridians and take the expansion of palliative care under strong consideration.”

“The Legislature must develop a regulatory framework for palliative care,” Florida TaxWatch insisted. “For the state to realize the cost-savings benefits of palliative care, the payment/reimbursement system must be addressed. To ensure the financial stability of palliative care providers, a system of care reimbursement that can be used by public and private payors must be developed, along with a definition of the services that constitute palliative care.

“Additionally, the Legislature should invest in programs that increase training opportunities to address workforce shortages. Like with many areas in healthcare and long-term care, workforce shortages are a major barrier to expansion of palliative care. To address this issue, the Legislature should fund increased palliative medicine fellowships, provide incentives for palliative care fellows to remain in Florida, invest in expanding training programs for nurses, and fund internship opportunities.”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Friends of Hope’s Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser

Friends of Hope hosted a “Denim and Diamonds” benefit at Bonita Bay Club, raising $150,000 for Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs.

Committee members Barbara Caccese, Joyce Kozlowski, Claire McMahon, Patt Suwyn, Adele Waddell and Carol Wood coordinated the evening, which included dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions featuring wine, dining, jewelry and unique travel opportunities to Italy and Costa Rica.

The evening was sponsored by Brown and Brown/Florida Blue, Crowther Roofing and Sheet Metal of Florida, Louis and Najla Lafaif Foundation, Berneda Meeks, McGriff Insurance Services, Northern Trust, Medline, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wynne, and TWC Services.


Denim & Diamonds 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Healing Young Hearts: Hope Invites Grieving Children to Rainbow Trails Camp

Hope Healthcare is inviting children ages six through 17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year to the annual Rainbow Trails Camp Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7 at the Riverside Retreat in LaBelle.

Over the weekend, Rainbow Trails campers will participate in recreation, crafts, swimming and singing, along with activities to support the grieving process, teach skills to cope with loss, and memorialize their loved one.

 “People of all ages experience loss and express grief in different ways,” said Samira K. Beckwith, Hope Healthcare president and CEO. “We created the Rainbow Trails Camp 30 years ago because we wanted to have a special place for children to interact with others who understand their loss.”

Rainbow Trails Camp is led by experienced Hope counselors, art and music therapists and is supported by community volunteers.

There is no charge for the camp, and Hope will host an orientation for parents and guardians. Children will be picked up by bus from Hope’s Fort Myers campus on Friday and will return Sunday afternoon.

To learn more about Rainbow Trails Camp or to register a camper, visit https://www.hopehcs.org/rainbowtrailscamp

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Honoring Veteran Frank Hicks: A Lifetime of Service

Frank Hicks served as an instructor in the Army's radar school, before deploying to Italy as part of the Allied occupation in 1946. He was later awarded the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal; however, Frank’s extraordinary service to his country didn’t end there.

After earning his PhD in Applied Physics, Frank began a 30-year career at Eastman Kodak Company where he directed highly classified government projects. His own family didn’t know the exact nature of his work; he was only able to tell them it related to the defense of our country. Frank retired from Kodak in June 1981.

It wasn’t until 2011 that the U.S. government declassified the assignment – code named Gambit – that had been at the heart of Frank’s career.

A few months after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Frank was asked to lead the design, manufacture, and deployment of America's first high resolution cameras in space. Photographs generated by these spy satellites provided unprecedented intelligence on the Soviet Bloc, which was essential to the United States’ arms monitoring initiatives and international policy decisions.

Regarding Gambit, Lyndon Johnson said, “We've spent $35 or $40 billion on the space program. And if nothing else had come out of it except the knowledge that we gained from space photography, it would be worth ten times what the whole program has cost.”

In a private message about the individuals responsible for Gambit, Ronald Reagan noted, “National security interests prohibit me from rewarding you with public recognition which you so richly deserve. However, rest assured that your accomplishments and contributions are well known and appreciated at the highest levels of our nation's government.”

The capabilities of the last generation of cameras developed under Frank’s direction remain classified even today.

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Hope Honor Guard ceremony on January 29, 2019 with Patch Wihnyk, Marcia Jones, Jean and Yale Kanter, and Ken Navarre


Friday, January 25, 2019

Annual Hope Parkinson Program Symposium: Education and Inspiration

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, care partners and those living with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a morning of education and inspiration at the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium on Friday, February 15 at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers.

The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with an optional pre-event lecture presented by ACADIA Pharmaceuticals. Neurologist and movement disorder specialist Dr. Arif Dalvi from the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute will discuss “Common Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.”

The Symposium begins at 11 am. and will feature James Lubanovich from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, presenting “What’s New in Parkinson’s Research.”

Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist Dr. Amanda Avila will discuss “Parkinson’s Below the Belt.”

The event concludes with an inspirational message to make “Every Victory Count” from Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassador Edie Anderson.

Symposium registration and exhibits from presenting sponsor ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, supporting sponsors Medtronic and US WorldMeds, along with the Davis Phinney Foundation, Lee Health Rehabilitation Services, Osterhout & McKinney, P.A., Seniors Blue Book, GE Healthcare, and Voice Aerobics begin at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is required and includes a deluxe lunch buffet, beverages and dessert.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Yachts of Hope benefit for Hope Hospice raises more than $300,000

Guests at Yachts of Hope, a fundraiser for Hope Hospice at Gulf Harbor Yacht & Country Club, raised more than $300,000 for the not-for-profit.

Hosted by Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, Sonya Sawyer, Lizbeth Benacquisto and Andie Vogt, joined by committee members Pam Cronin, Deanna Hansen, Cathy Snyder and Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, the event featured tours of 11 luxury yachts up to 101 feet long.

More than 150 guests enjoyed dockside cocktails and tastings from LYNQ, Keylime Bistro, SABORAM WOW and Timbers Restaurant, along with a gourmet dinner, live band and dancing. The evening featured bidding on once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences and VIP trips to Sonoma wine country, Madrid, Tuscany and private cruises, along with a one-of-a-kind jewelry creation from Mark Loren Designs.

Yachts of Hope sponsors include Stilwell Enterprises and Restaurant Group; Youngquist Brothers; Chico’s FAS, Inc.; Mark Loren Designs; Marine Max; Cheney Brothers; Creighton Commercial Development; Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida; Edison National Bank; Home-Tech; Kitson & Partners; William E. Cross Foundation, Inc.; Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A.;  DeAngelis Diamond; Florida Community Bank; Private Client Insurance Services; Owen-Ames-Kimball Company; Chris-Tel Construction; and Comcast.

Yachts of Hope 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Light Up Gulf Harbour Tour of Homes raises more than $20,000 for Hope Hospice

Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club residents and friends of Hope raised more than $20,000 at the Light Up Gulf Harbour Tour of Homes, a festive fundraiser to benefit Hope Hospice.

Eleven Gulf Harbour residences – each with a unique holiday décor theme and refreshments – were open to more than 500 guests for touring throughout the evening.

Light Up Gulf Harbour

Monday, December 17, 2018

Beckwith named to DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness

Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith has been named to the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness by Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lt. Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez.

Beckwith will serve alongside 50 health care experts from a variety of medical fields on the committee that will be co-chaired by Nunez and Alan Levine, the former secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

“It’s a privilege to work with Governor DeSantis and this group of knowledgeable leaders to help set the course for Florida’s future in health care,” said Beckwith. “The transition team’s focus aligns with Hope’s vision of transforming the experiences of illness, aging and dying for all Floridians,” said Beckwith.

Read More in the Cape Coral Daily News

Friday, December 7, 2018

Newest Hope Chest Resale Store Opens in Fort Myers

Friends of Hope Healthcare and members of the local Fort Myers business community gathered to celebrate the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the newest Hope Chest resale store in Fort Myers.

The new Hope Chest store is located at 14540 S. Tamiami Trail in South Fort Myers, just north of Gladiolus Drive.






Honor a Loved One with Hope Hospice’s Tree of Lights

Hope Hospice’s Tree of Lights tradition offers a way to commemorate loved ones while providing essential funds for those in need of hospice care and bereavement support.

In each Hope Care Center, a Tree of Lights will be adorned with white paper butterflies designated “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one by $30 donors. Along with having a butterfly placed on the tree of their choice, $60 donors will also receive a keepsake metal ornament engraved with the Hope Hospice logo.

In addition, with a gift of $300, a dedication stone will be engraved with the donor’s personal message and placed in one of Hope’s Tribute Gardens.

To learn more or make a donation, visit https://donate.hopehcs.org/treeoflights.