Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Certification for Bonita Springs Hospice Received, Building Campaign Set to Begin

Hope Hospice and Palliative Care will soon begin a building fund campaign for a new facility in Bonita Springs.

On February 28, 2003, the state of Florida granted a Certificate of Need to the organization. The Certificate of Need, a regulatory approval for new or expanded healthcare services, allows Hope Hospice to open the inpatient facility.

“Receiving the Certificate of Need is the first step in providing a state-of-the-art, end of life care facility for people in south Lee County,” said Samira Beckwith, President and CEO. Formal planning for the new facility is nearing completion; a site for the house has yet to be determined. The building will encompass approximately 52,000 square feet - accommodating 24 beds, 16 for critical care and 8 for residential services.

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Governor Bush Appoints Hope Hospice CEO to Advisory Council

Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Hospice, to an advisory council for the new Office of Long-Term Care Policy. The Office, created in September 2002, will coordinate all state agencies' policies on long-term care issues, with an emphasis on providing more elders with services that enhance their quality of life.

“The Office will focus on providing the most cost-effective, community-based services for Florida's elderly. These services will range from caregiver support to placement in assisted living facilities,” Governor Bush said.

 A leader and visionary in the field of end-of-life care, Ms. Beckwith continues to provide leadership for the hospice movement at both local and national levels. She has held a number of leadership positions with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) since 1983, and most recently was elected to serve another term on the Board of Directors.

Monday, March 3, 2003

State of Florida Approves Certification for Bonita Springs Hospice

On Friday, February 28, 2003, the state of Florida granted a Certificate of Need to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care. This Certificate of Need, a regulatory approval for new or expanded healthcare services, will allow Hope Hospice to open an inpatient facility in the Bonita Springs area.

“Receiving the Certificate of Need is the first step in providing a state-of-the-art, end of life care facility for people in south Lee County,” said Samira Beckwith, President and CEO. Formal planning for a Hospice House in Bonita Springs is nearing completion; a site for the house has yet to be determined.

The building will encompass approximately 52,000 square feet- accommodating 24 beds, 16 for critical care and 8 for residential services. A capital campaign is planned to defray construction expenses.

Hope Hospice currently has offices in Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, Buckhead Ridge, Clewiston, and Bonita Springs, and two inpatient facilities in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.