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.

Support Hope's mission to honor our nation's veterans by making a donation to our program!

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.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Local War Hero Honored by Hope

Hope Honor Guard volunteers Bob Johnson and Leonard Molik were able to provide a recognition ceremony on short notice for a decorated hero of World War II. Roy Leo's career in the military spanned 37 years, and the Cape Coral Military Museum has a wall dedicated to him, along with his flight suit on display (read more here).


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Coping with Grief During the Holidays: A Three-Part Series


Discover the tools and support you need to cope with the holiday season after the loss of a loved one. All adults 18 years and older are welcome to join. There is no charge to attend these professionally-led sessions.

November 15, 29 & December 6
Thursdays, from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
HealthPark Administrative Office: Room A
9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers FL 33908

Pre-registration is required. Send an email or call (239) 985-7716.


Golf Fore Hope raises nearly $7,500 for Hope Parkinson Program

More than 100 golfers raised nearly $7,500 at Golf Fore Hope, a golf tournament to benefit the Hope Parkinson Program at The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing in North Fort Myers.

Led by the tournament committee of Martin Haas, Dino and Ann DeGrande, Alita Parody and Aaron Sustad, the scramble format tournament included a 50/50 auction, mulligan sales and an awards luncheon. Golf Fore Hope was sponsored by Entech Business IT Solutions.

Beth Prather, William Bruce, Pam & Rick Moulton

Dino DeGrande, Alita Parody, Martin Haas
Sam Spanier, Jack Wolf, Mike Knox, Martin Haas

Avow and Hope CEO's Encourage People to Get Help Sooner

Jaysen Roa, president and CEO of Avow Hospice, and Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, wrote an opinion piece regarding the importance of the Medicare Hospice Benefit as part of outreach efforts during National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Read the full piece in Naples Daily News:
https://www.naplesnews.com/story/opinion/2018/11/05/hope-healthcare-avow-medicare-hospice-benefit-lee-collier-county-care/1863664002/