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/

Allyn International Donates to Hope's Rainbow Trails Camp

Each quarter at Allyn International, an employee volunteers to raise funds for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. Employee Danielle Brazil-Hudson chose to benefit Hope’s Rainbow Trail Bereavement Camp for the third quarter of 2018.

Rainbow Trail Bereavement Camp is a designed to help children grieve the loss of their loved ones by providing new friendships, fun activities and specialized counseling with Hope professionals.

Brazil-Hudson raised a total of $1,736.50 through various employee events, including Taco Trivia, Allyn Camp Day and a Super Bowl themed dress-down day, from July through September. She also worked with a member of her team, Harmony Lange, a professional harpist, to put together a “Christmas in July” harp concert. While there, attendees were able to place an additional donation for baked goods that Brazil-Hudson and other team members crafted.

Allyn matched the amount Brazil-Hudson raised for a total donation of $3,473.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

RN Open House at Hope Healthcare

Registered Nurses have two opportunities to attend an Open House Hiring Event at Hope Healthcare’s HealthPark office at 9470 HealthPark Circle in Fort Myers for full- and part-time positions.

Open Houses are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Applicants are asked to call 239-322-5320 to reserve an interview time and to visit https://www.hopehcs.org/careers to complete an online application before their interview.

No resume is required if the online application is submitted. Walk-ins may be scheduled for interviews on a future date.

In addition to competitive salaries, Hope provides a comprehensive benefits package including educational assistance, generous paid time off, and a choice of three medical plans.

Hope Healthcare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability. Should you need assistance or an accommodation in using our on-line application system, please call the Human Resources Department at 239-322-5320.

Lexington Country Club’s Annual Italian Open Raises $53,000 for Hope Hospice


Lexington Country Club members raised $53,000 at their seventh annual Italian Open golf tournament for Hope Hospice – and pushed the total donations over the history of the event past the $150,000 mark.

The event committee of Jerry Curcuru, Greg Salvia, Phil Bommarito and John Sackie coordinated the Oct. 11 event for nearly 300 club members who enjoyed golf foursomes in the morning and afternoon, followed by an Italian-themed dinner with a silent auction, prizes and golf awards.

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.