Friday, March 26, 2010

Hope HealthCare Center Brings “Hope Close to Home”

Pictured from left: Rey Pezeshkan, PK Studios interior design; Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann; Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO, Hope HealthCare Services; Joe Whalen, President and CEO, Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce; Tom Giles, Member, Hope Board of Directors

Hope HealthCare Services has succeeded in “bringing Hope close to home” for thousands of residents of eastern Lee, Glades and Hendry counties. Construction is now complete on the Hope HealthCare Services Center in Lehigh Acres, the only health care center of its kind in the state of Florida.

“The opening of the Center represents a major landmark for Hope in enhancing the care we offer to so many people in need,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “This is a gift of time for everyone in the area – no more long hours driving to other hospice houses and care facilities for services or to visit loved ones.”

Set to open in mid-April, the Center will serve eastern Lee County, including Buckingham, Alva, Gateway, Lehigh Acres and Pelican Preserve, as well as Hendry and Glades counties.

The 45,000 square-foot Center includes:

  • 24 individual care suites for hospice patients
  • Respite areas for loved ones of the patients
  • An Adult Day Health Center, offering Hope Select Care, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), where approximately 50 frail and elderly clients will receive care and support each day
  • A Community Education Center which will offer, among other programs, education for family caregivers
  • Bereavement counseling offices
  • Offices for home care teams and volunteers, who serve hundreds of people throughout the area

The Center will also serve as a hurricane shelter for hospice patients living at home who cannot be placed in public shelters. As an added benefit to the community, the Center will receive certification for meeting international standards of environmental quality and energy efficiency.

Designed to meet the ongoing needs of Florida’s growing and changing population, Beckwith described the Center as “the future of health care.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to serve the community in this unique way,” Beckwith said. “We are deeply grateful to everyone who has supported us in this important project.”

The Hope HealthCare Services Center is located at 1201 Wings Way in Lehigh Acres, on five acres of land donated by the Community Health Association.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hope HealthCare Services Recognized as Patriotic Employer

The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has recognized Hope HealthCare Services for “contributing to national security and protecting liberty by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”

The Committee is a Department of Defense organization that works to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.

“We have always enthusiastically supported our staff members who have been called to active duty,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “We feel privileged to support our military in this way, along with the health care we provide to veterans and their families.”

Currently a Hope Chaplain, Jonathan Scalone, is deployed as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

According to Florida State ESGR Chair Phillip Speake, “Since September 11, 2001 more than 750,000 men and women from across America have left their families and employers to serve on active duty. At ESGR, we are very appreciative of the genuine patriotism and support that organizations like Hope Healthcare Services continue to provide to those who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.”

Photo caption: Marianna Grimes of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (left) and retired Navy SEAL John Klass present Certificate of Recognition to Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO, Hope HealthCare Services.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hope HealthCare Services, Norman Love Confections Announce New Partnership

Fundraiser helps Hope provide services throughout Southwest Florida

Award-winning chocolatier Norman Love, founder of Norman Love Confections, and Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, announced a new partnership that designates five percent of Hope-related sales at Norman Love Confections to the health care organization for one year.

“Hospice holds a special place in my heart,” said Love, whose mother was cared for by hospice prior to her death in 1989. “This partnership is a great way to support an organization that plays an important role in our community and provides excellent services to our families. I sincerely hope the promotion is wildly successful for our friends at Hope.”

Beckwith said the partnership is a natural fit for both organizations. “Chocolates are a favorite way of expressing care and comfort,” said Beckwith, “and providing care and comfort to our patients and families is at the core of Hope’s mission. We truly appreciate Norman’s generous support of Hope through this partnership.”

For more information or to make a contributing purchase, please visit or, or call (239) 985-7795.

About Norman Love Confections:
Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes ultra-premium, handcrafted artisanal chocolates. Based in Fort Myers, Fla., the corporate headquarters encompasses both the production and retail operations. The Chocolate Salon is a stylish retail shop with an intimate ambiance in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies. For more information about Norman Love Confections, visit the Chocolate Salon located at 11380 Lindbergh Boulevard, off Daniels Parkway, in Fort Myers, call toll free 866-515-2121 or visit