Monday, October 22, 2018

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

In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care 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 Thursday, November 1 through Saturday, November 17 if they bring in a gently used item of clothing, an accessory, or a pair of shoes for donation.

Shoppers will receive a 20% coupon for any one regular price item of $75 or more. One discount coupon is offered per donation, not item.

Throughout the drive, Evelyn & Arthur is also selling blue pashminas for $28, with all proceeds benefiting Hope.

Evelyn & Arthur, who has partnered with Hope since 2008, collects the donated apparel for Hope Chest at The Crossings, the resale store for Hope Hospice.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Samira K. Beckwith Named Vice Chair of National Partnership for Hospice Innovation

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, has been elected Vice Chair of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, a nationwide partnership of community-based nonprofit, hospice, palliative and advanced illness care providers.

A recognized authority on hospice care, Beckwith was a founding director of NPHI and has been a member of the organization since 2015. Beckwith also represented Hope and NPHI in a September meeting with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to discuss reducing regulatory burdens affecting hospices today.

“Being involved with organizations like NHPI allows us to keep abreast of health care models around the country and share our best practices,” said Beckwith. “It supports Hope’s mission of elevating the quality of life for those who need hope most and ensures we are giving the best comfort and care possible throughout Southwest Florida,” Beckwith said.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Hope Connections Volunteers Honored at State Conference

Hope Connections volunteer Mary Bartoshuk, who also serves on the advisory committee for the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, was honored at the 2018 Florida Conference on Aging in Tampa with two awards recognizing her dedication and service to the senior community.

Bartoshuk received the 2018 FPL Quality Senior Living Award for Public Service, sponsored by Florida Power & Light and Florida Council on Aging. She was also named the AARP Florida Coast to Coast recipient of the 2018 Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus Community Trailblazer Award, given in recognition of AARP’s 60th anniversary. The AARP Trailblazer Award celebrates an individual who has made significant contributions through his or her involvement in community volunteer activities.

Superintendent of Glades County School District Scott Bass and Moore Haven Middle-High School Counselor Shannon Bass also attended with students Stephanie Standard, Javier Cardona, Austin Lee and Jacey Ridgedill, who were recognized with the Service to Seniors by an Organization Award. Matt Hudson of Hope Healthcare nominated the Glades County students for their service to Hope Connections.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Community Event for National Fall Prevention Month

Hope Parkinson Program is hosting a special community education event for National Fall Prevention Month on Friday, Sept. 7 in the Hope Healthcare Cape Community Room at 2430 Diplomat Parkway East in Cape Coral at 1 p.m.

 Guest speaker Leslie Strubbe, a physical therapist from Hope Visiting Nurses, will discuss valuable tips and tricks to help lower the risk of falling. The event will also include a Tai Chi demonstration by Hope’s “Tai Chi for Better Balance” class participants. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; please call 239-985-7727 to RSVP.

 Hope Heathcare recognizes the importance of fall prevention all year long by offering Tai Chi classes to the community through the Hope Parkinson Program. People over 60 years of age who would like to work on their balance are invited to attend Hope Parkinson Program’s weekly Tai Chi open practice classes held Mondays at 3 p.m. in Hope Cape Community Room and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. in the Hope HealthPark Community Room at 9470 HealthPark Circle in Fort Myers. There is no cost to attend, and no RSVP is required.

See video from a previous Tai Chi class.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hope Hospice Expands Doula Services

For nearly 40 years, Hope staff and volunteers have served as doulas to support people throughout their end-of-life journey. Now, as this role becomes more recognized, Hope’s doula program has significantly expanded in size and scope to offer even more support to families during the final days and hours of life.

More than 30 Hope volunteers have completed a specialized hospice doula educational program, where they learned about creating and maintaining a sacred space by using sound, touch, color, and other sensory experiences to alleviate pain and anxiety. Doulas can also offer legacy projects that serve as emotional touchstones and family keepsakes.

“Much in the same way a doula helps a new mother navigate childbirth, end-of-life doulas help enhance Hope’s holistic, personalized approach by facilitating a gentle, tranquil, and meaningful passing whether in a Hope Care Center, the hospital, or home,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith.

Hope Hospice honors each person’s beliefs about life, death or the afterlife. Doulas are non-denominational and work with all faith traditions, as well as with those who are not religious.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization recognizes the value of end-of-life doulas, who enrich the experience for patients, family members and friends and strengthen the relationship between medical and nonmedical end-of-life support.

Upcoming doula education series:
Mondays, October 8, 15, and 22
HealthPark Office, Fort Myers
Each class is held from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Current Hope volunteers are welcome to sign up

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.