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.