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.

Introducing Hope Choices: Complementary Care for Serious Illness

Hope Healthcare has introduced a new program designed for those who would benefit from hospice care, but are not ready to forgo treatment for their terminal condition.

Hope Choices, a Medicare Care Choices Model, offers select hospice support services at no cost while allowing people to continue receiving curative treatments from their existing physician for cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or human immunodeficiency virus.

“Hope Choices combines the comforting care of hospice with curative care,” said Samira K. Beckwith, Hope Healthcare president and CEO. “We’re grateful to be part of this model program that allows us to expand our services by supporting patients and families living with the challenges of serious illness.”

Hope Choices offers a personalized, comprehensive assessment and plan of care and care coordination; nursing care; in-home respite care; aide and homemaker assistance; and counseling and family support, in addition to other services. The program provides symptom management and support through a combination of in-person visits and 24/7 telephone access.

To learn more about Hope Choices, call (239) 482-4673.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hope Recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

Hope Healthcare has been recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s initiative designed to help serve the public by strengthening our national resilience against extreme weather events.

“Hurricane Irma tested Hope’s preparedness plan, and I’m proud to say we passed with flying colors,” said Samira K. Beckwith, Hope Healthcare president and CEO. “Our dedicated staff and volunteers rose to the challenge and worked tirelessly to care for so many of our community’s most vulnerable who needed special help during an already difficult time.”

“Hope’s association with the Weather-Ready Nation program allows us to utilize our vital connection to the community and encourage people to heed warnings and take appropriate action during severe weather,” Beckwith added.

As a WRN Ambassador, Hope Healthcare is committed to working with NOAA and other ambassadors from government, non-profits, academia and private industry to help make the nation more ready, responsive and resilient against extreme environmental hazards.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Message from Our CEO for National Hospice Month

A Catholic priest I know used to ask the congregation, “How many of you want to go to heaven?” Once all the hands were in the air, he would pause for a moment before delivering the follow-up question: “Do you know you have to die to get there?”

Talking about life’s final chapter is still one of the most difficult topics that we all face. We are one of the only cultures that believe that death is optional and avoids talking about it. At Hope Hospice, we don’t want to talk about death either. We want to talk with people about living every day as fully as possible, without suffering or worrying about being a burden on the family. We want people think about what they can do, how to leave a legacy and what story people will share about them.

As part of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November, Hope Hospice is committed to providing community education about care so that people have the information they need to make the best choices for themselves and their families.

Hospice enhances a patients’ quality of life and eases the transition for their loved ones. But sadly, many people delay seeking help from hospice because of fear and misconceptions.

In a recent article published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the authors of “Study Finds Hospice Patients are Admitted Too Late” reported that while older adults experience unhealthy symptoms and disabilities for months, half of these patients are admitted to hospice only in the last two weeks of their lives. Another study showed that people who were under hospice care actually lived longer than those who were not offered hospice care. They also reported living better.

Hospice does not mean giving up. It means preparing for the final chapter of life, living each day to the fullest, looking at what you can do and having control over your care.

Hospice is a comprehensive program of care and services that brings the patient and family expert medical, emotional and spiritual support along with coverage for medications, supplies and other items not usually covered in the health care system. People can receive care in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or in one of our four Hope Hospice Houses. Hope also offers grief and bereavement services to family members – including programs specifically for children.

Hope’s palliative care program is also available to ensure comfort and dignity while preventing needless suffering from pain, shortness of breath, nausea, depression and other symptoms before hospice care is needed. Palliative care is available for adults, teens, children and infants with serious illnesses who can benefit from comprehensive holistic services.

Eligibility for hospice benefits and palliative care often begins sooner than you would expect. Please remember to speak with your doctor about options as soon as a life-limiting diagnosis is made or call us directly. Hope’s comforting care is a call away for people of all ages, backgrounds, traditions, religions, diseases -- at the time when it is needed most.

Samira K. Beckwith is President and CEO of Hope Healthcare, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3)-status community-based agency offering programs and services in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Eighth Annual Donation Drive at Evelyn & Arthur to Benefit Hope Chest at The Crossings

In honor of National Hospice Month, Evelyn & Arthur at The Promenade at Bonita Bay will continue their tradition of offering shoppers a special discount on an in-store purchase from Nov. 1-18 if they bring in a gently used item of clothing, an accessory or a pair of shoes for donation.

Evelyn & Arthur, who has partnered with Hope Healthcare for National Hospice Month since 2008, collects the donated apparel for Hope Chest at The Crossings, the upscale resale store benefiting Hope Healthcare programs that provide exceptional care and support to individuals and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.



Friday, September 1, 2017

Celebrating Inaugural National PACE Month in September


Hope Healthcare’s PACE Program is celebrating the inaugural National PACE month this September with the theme “Delivering Independence,” which celebrates the role of PACE providers in promoting independence for aging adults.

Designed to meet the needs of seniors while also helping their families and caregivers, PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides comprehensive, coordinated health care and dental services, therapies, transportation and meals for those who would prefer not to live in a nursing home.

Hope Healthcare’s main goal when implementing the PACE Program in 2008 was to help seniors continue to live independently in the place they call home, according to Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare and the founding president of the Florida PACE Association.

“The challenges of aging or living with chronic illness can make it difficult to remain at home, especially when the individual has increased needs,” said Beckwith. “PACE brings essential health care services together to ensure participants find the help they need to live well and independently at home with physical, emotional and social support.”

Hope’s PACE program currently serves more than 400 participants in Florida’s Collier, Charlotte and Lee counties. Support for those who are 55 and older is provided in Hope Care Centers located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Naples and Port Charlotte, as well as in participant’s homes. In addition to meeting health care needs, PACE offers help with personal care and light housekeeping.

The program can coordinate with the participant’s doctor and provide all health care services, including primary and specialized medical care; medications; medical supplies and equipment; lab and diagnostic services; occupational, speech and physical therapy; all necessary prescription drugs; home care and personal care aides; and hospitalization and skilled nursing facility care.

Learn more by calling Hope PACE directly at (239) 985-6400.

Monday, August 28, 2017

After Addiction Takes a Life: Grief Support for Special Circumstances


A unique support group is available for those who have lost a friend or loved one to substance abuse. Find support through your grief journey from your fellow participants as well as a licensed counselor from Hope Healthcare. These ongoing sessions are open to everyone in the community and are provided at no charge.

2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Hope Healthcare Community Room
Hope Care Center in Lehigh Acres
1201 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

To join this group, please contact Edita H. Kulichova at 239.333.4245. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Congressman Francis Rooney visits Hope PACE and Hope Hospice



Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith hosted Congressman Francis Rooney at Hope’s PACE Center and Hospice House in Fort Myers.

Rooney visited with several participants in Hope PACE, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. While at the Care Center, he learned how the program’s multifaceted services allow aging adults in southwest Florida to stay healthy, active and socially connected. With this unique support, PACE participants are able to remain safely in their own homes, rather than being placed in a nursing facility.

“I am looking forward to working with Samira Beckwith and her amazing team, to make caring for seniors in our community less burdensome,” said Congressman Rooney. “I have written a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, requesting relief from excessive labor regulations on home health care workers. We should be supporting programs like PACE, and making it easier on caregivers, not making it more difficult for them to function.”

Rooney also thanked the staff and volunteers at the Hope Hospice House in Fort Myers and spent time with those in Hope’s care.

“It was inspiring to see how invested Congressman Rooney is in both Hope’s mission and its innovative programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community,” said Beckwith. “He truly cares about the issues that affect their lives.”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hope Hospice Kids’ Room Gets Makeover with BB&T’s Help


Thanks to help from BB&T–Oswald Trippe and Company, visitors to the Kids’ Room at Hope Hospice House in Fort Myers will be greeted by new toys and DVDs, a TV, artwork and fresh furnishings in a completely updated space that serves as a cheerful respite for children with family members in Hope’s care.

After selecting Hope Hospice as the recipient of their Safeco Lighthouse Project grant, BB&T team members worked together with Hope to coordinate renovations throughout the summer.

“We had a great time remodeling the Kids’ Playroom. We helped to create a warm and inviting place for children and parents to unwind while visiting their loved ones,” said Stacey Mercado, marketing and sales development specialist at BB&T–Oswald Trippe and Company.

 Updates to walls, flooring, furniture and decor completed the new playroom.

“We are so grateful to BB&T for volunteering their time and making the Kids’ Room renovation a reality,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Caring community partners like BB&T help us make a difference to the families we serve.”