Monday, June 15, 2009

Hope HealthCare Services Offers Lee County’s Only Parkinson Program

Edward Steinmetz, MD Named Program’s Medical Director

Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith has announced the introduction of the Hope Parkinson Program, the only Parkinson support program in Lee County.

Beckwith named Edward F. Steinmetz, MD, as the program’s Medical Director. Steinmetz has been affiliated with Neurology Associates of Lee County since 1973, where he will continue to practice.

More than one million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, a chronic illness that affects the nervous system. The symptoms come on gradually and are often assumed to be a normal part of aging. The symptoms will continue to worsen over time unless they are treated.

The mission of the Hope Parkinson Program is to provide those suffering from the illness with support, counseling and other services they need for quality of life.

“The Hope Parkinson Program is an important addition to our other care programs for those living with chronic illness,” said Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. All of the services that Hope provides are focused on the individual rather than the disease. We are able to take this same approach with our Parkinson program, addressing the needs and expectations that each person has for their own health care and well-being.”

Beckwith pointed out that there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. The Hope Parkinson Program’s services and activities enable people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers to experience the fullness of life through knowledge, movement, creativity and fellowship – all important components of treatment. They include:
  • Regular educational and support group meetings
  • Referrals for medical care
  • Exercise and movement classes
  • Walking programs
  • Socialization
“Parkinson patients can live well with this disease,” according to Dr. Steinmetz. “I am pleased to work with Hope in providing the specialized care and support that the patients and their families need.”

For more information about the Hope Parkinson Program, call (239) 482-4673.

Hope Hospice, Highlands Regional Medical Center Introduce First Hospice In-Patient Program in Highlands County

Hope Hospice and Highlands Regional Medical Center have announced plans to introduce the first hospice in-patient care program in Highlands County. “Hope at Highlands Regional” will be located on the second floor of the Sebring hospital in an area specially designed for hospice care. It will include seven patient care suites and a family room and will be attended by hospice staff 24 hours a day.

While Hope currently provides hospice care to many Highlands County residents in their own homes, the in-patient program will enable Hope to better meet special needs while offering the community much greater access to services.

All of the hospital’s amenities will be available to hospice patients’ families, including food services, convenient parking and after-hours security.

The program is scheduled to begin in July.

“Hope Hospice has served the residents of southwest Florida for 30 years and we were privileged to begin providing service in Highlands County in 2006. We immediately saw the need for an in-patient hospice program here,” said Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Among the many fine hospitals in the area, we were fortunate that Highlands Regional was able to make this accommodation, which uses our combined resources very efficiently and at no cost to the community. We are grateful to Robert Mahaffey, the CEO and Administrator, for collaborating with us in this major step forward in local health care.” Beckwith added that a local contractor and other local businesses are involved in the renovation being undertaken for Hope at Highlands Regional.

“We are delighted to welcome Hope Hospice to Highlands Regional,” Mahaffey said. “This partnership will greatly benefit the community, as Highlands Regional Medical Center and Hope Hospice are both dedicated to providing quality, compassionate care, focused on exceptional customer service. This takes health care to a new level in Highlands County and the surrounding area.”

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Canterbury School Raises Money for Hope

Over the past four years, the Canterbury class of 09 held several fundraisers, amounting to $2,300.

A few weeks ago, the student council had to decide where the money should go. They saw the story on TV about ground being broken for a new Hope Hospice House in Lehigh Acres, to better serve the community. They decided that’s where their money should go.

From left: Dave Knific, Nathaniel Liu, Head of School Tony Paulus, John Strickling of Hope Hospice, Barkha Shah, Sara-Marie Hopf, Kelly Mercer.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

NHPCO Conference in Washington, DC

Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Hospice and Community Services, was a featured speaker at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Management and Leadership Conference April 23-25 in Washington, DC, where more than 1,600 health care leaders and experts joined to address health care reform and other issues.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was the Master of Ceremonies at the National Hospice Foundation gala, held in conjunction with the conference.

The annual gala is a philanthropic event supporting efforts to expand and improve care at the end of life.