Monday, December 7, 2009

A Celebration of Community Spirit, Character and Leadership: Community Inspired by “A Soldier’s Story”

Country music artist Keni Thomas, who received glowing reviews for his rendition of the National Anthem at this year’s opening game of the World Series, gave an encore presentation at the Legacy Speaker Series fundraising event on Veterans Day in Fort Myers. The event was hosted by Hope HealthCare Services and the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

Thomas was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor for his Army company’s mission in Mogadishu, Somalia. The Mogadishu mission of Thomas and his Army colleagues was detailed in the best-selling book and movie, “Black Hawk Down.” Thomas’s experiences led him to become a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker who stressed the importance of values, teamwork and leadership in his presentation, “Salute to Valor: A Soldier’s Story.”

“Keni’s inspiring motivational message was relevant to all of us and was well received by the attendees, many of whom were veterans,” said Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith.

The Veterans Day event highlighted Hope’s VALOR Program: Veterans’ Access to Life Opportunities and Resources. “VALOR ensures that the veterans in our care receive all of the support they deserve, including assistance in accessing and receiving their VA benefits,” Beckwith said. In addition, Hope holds a ceremony for each veteran and their families, at which they are presented with a certificate of appreciation, a lapel pin and a patriotic-themed stuffed bear. Veterans are also given the opportunity to participate in the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project.

“The event was a way to say thank you to our veterans for serving our country,” Beckwith added.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Construction continues on the new Hope Hospice House in Lehigh Acres

“We are very excited about the progress we are making in “Bringing Hope Close to Home,’ to better serve people throughout the area,” said Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “We look forward to opening our doors by the first of April.” The Hope Hospice House will serve the residents of Lehigh Acres, Alva, the Gateway community, Pelican Preserve, Buckingham, LaBelle and all other communities in Hendry and Glades counties. The House is located at 1201 Wings Way, off of Beth Stacey Blvd. in Lehigh Acres.

For more information on supporting Hope’s campaign to “Bring Hope Close to Home” with its new hospice house, call (239) 489-9177 or visit

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Samira K. Beckwith Receives International Recognition with Lifetime Achievement Award 6th Annual Stevie Awards® for Women in Business

Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. More than 1,100 entries were submitted internationally for consideration in 54 award categories.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” winners were announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.

Beckwith was honored for her lifetime achievements and accomplishments in health care.

As President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, Beckwith is a leader in improving health care on the local, state and national levels. She has served in this position since 1991 and has more than 30 years of health care and hospice experience. Under her leadership, Hope’s services, programs, staff and volunteers have grown and now provide care for more than 2,300 people each day, through Hope Hospice and other comprehensive care programs for people with serious illness in Lee, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte and Collier counties. She has led Hope to receive numerous national awards for quality service and innovation.

Winners were chosen by a panel of business professionals worldwide.

“This is a unique honor for me and for all Hope staff members and volunteers,” Beckwith said. “It recognizes our many years of commitment and dedication as we have worked diligently to meet the healthcare needs of our community. It is a true honor to be recognized for our ongoing efforts.”

Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and are available at

Samira K. Beckwith Honored by Lee County Board of Commissioners

The Lee County Board of Commissioners has honored Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO for her achievements in improving the quality of healthcare. In a Proclamation issued by the Board on December 1, Beckwith was recognized for receiving The Ohio State University Alumni Medalist Award, presented to alumni who have gained national distinction for bringing significant benefit to mankind.

The Commissioners honored Beckwith for “her hard work, dedication, and vision,” and expressed their appreciation for her commitment to the people of Lee County and southwest Florida.

“I am humbled and grateful,” Beckwith said, adding, “The honor brings light to the tireless work of Hope in caring for the people of the community. It is our privilege to serve everyone in need.”

Photo: Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith receives Proclamation from Lee County Commissioners Brian Bigelow, Ray Judah and Frank Mann.