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.