Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hope HealthCare Services names new board leaders

Sandy Robinson, president of Northern Trust’s Fort Myers office, has been elected chairman of the board of directors for Hope HealthCare Services.

Robinson, a graduate of Princeton University, has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, previously serving as vice president and team leader in the commercial real estate division for Fifth Third Bank in Naples.

Additional officers include Vice-Chair Bo Turbeville, vice president of Accent Business Products; Secretary Richard C. Ackert, former president and CEO of SouthTrust Bank, Southwest Florida; Treasurer Charles Idelson, principal founder of Investors’ Security Trust Company; and past Chair Rev. Tim Halverson, pastor and head of staff at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral.

The officers join current board members Tom Giles, founder, president and CEO of Avalon Engineering; Larry Hart, Lee County tax collector; Steve Personette, former manager of public affairs for Embarq; Fred Pezeshkan, chairman of Manhattan Construction Florida; Ron Smalley, former managing partner for Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt; and Linda Uhler, 35-year resident of Sanibel Island, former elementary school teacher and district deputy for Congressman Porter Goss.

Board members serve three-year terms and contribute their expertise, time, talent and resources to advancing Hope’s mission of providing exceptional care and support to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hearts of Hope Garden Party scheduled for Feb. 16 at Hyatt Regency

The Women’s Committee for Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs announced that its 11th annual fundraising event will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa.

This year’s Hearts of Hope Garden Party will feature a silent auction with unique items available for bidding, a raw bar, cocktails and live entertainment including, jugglers, mimes and a caricature artist. The party takes place on the Hyatt’s Belvedere Terrace for a festive, open-air atmosphere.

Hearts of Hope co-chairs Donna Roberts and Jerry Risk said the auction will include tickets to coveted events such as the ESPY and Emmy Awards, exclusive luxury travel to exotic destinations including Croatia, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences including a visit with an astronaut.

“Our entire committee is hard at work locating the most intriguing auction items we can find,” said Roberts. “We’re all passionate about our support for Hope Hospice, and we know this year’s Garden Party must live up to our 11-year reputation for providing a terrific experience for our sponsors and guests. It will be another memorable evening on behalf of a great cause.”

Proceeds from the event benefit Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs’ inpatient hospice-care facility.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to the Women’s Committee and its steadfast support of our efforts to provide services to the Bonita Springs community,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “Each year’s annual event exceeds our expectations because of the committee’s dedication.”

Event invitations for the Hearts of Hope Garden Party will be sent by mid-December with RSVP information and further details about the available auction items.

For more information, visit www.HopeHCS.org/Hearts, or call Heather Chester at Hope HealthCare Services at 239-489-9164.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dr. Amanda Avila joins Hope Parkinson Program as medical director

Hope HealthCare Services announces Dr. Amanda Jane Avila as medical director for the Hope Parkinson Program. Specializing in the medical management of movement disorders, Dr. Avila is the first movement disorder specialist to practice locally in Southwest Florida and will assist patients in the medical management of Parkinson’s disease, including tremors, stiffness and balance control.

Dr. Avila will discuss medication management in Parkinson’s disease at the Nov. 16 “Lunch & Learn for Hope Parkinson Program,” taking place in Hope HealthCare Services’ community room at 9470 HealthPark Circle in Fort Myers. There is no cost to attend, and reservations are made by calling 239-985-7727.

An undergraduate of Boston College, Dr. Avila earned her M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed a fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Dr. Avila completed her neurology residency at Brown University and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has been a junior member of the American Academy of Neurology since 2007 and the Movement Disorders Society since 2011.

The Hope Parkinson Program provides support, counseling and other services needed for quality of life through knowledge, movement, creativity and fellowship – all important components of treatment for individuals and their care partners. Services include education, support group meetings, referrals for medical care, exercise and movement classes, creative arts classes and socialization.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Prichard of Hope HealthCare Services receives SPHR recertification

Debbie Prichard, Hope HealthCare Services director of staff engagement and a Senior Professional in Human Resources since 2000, recently received her recertification, a career-long commitment dedicated to mastering the core HR principles and staying current in the HR profession.

SPHR is the senior-most human resources certification for those who have demonstrated a strategic mastery and real-world application of forward-thinking HR practices. To earn the distinction, Prichard completed a rigorous exam focused on business management and strategy, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and risk management.

Prichard previously served on the board of directors for HRMA of Southwest Florida.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Martha Bryson appointed treasurer for HR Florida State Council

Martha Bryson, SPHR, Hope HealthCare Services director of staff relations, has been appointed registrar for the HR Florida State Council, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Currently serving as treasurer, Bryson serves as part of the executive committee that governs the activities of the council, including the 2013 HR Florida State Conference & Expo.

A member of the Hope HealthCare Services team since 2003, Bryson is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a career-long commitment dedicated to mastering the core HR principles and staying current in the HR profession. She has held the position of secretary and was a two-term district director on the HR Florida State Council. Bryson previously served as president of HRMA of Southwest Florida and is a graduate of Siena Heights University in Michigan.

Representing more than 14,000 individual members, the HR Florida State Council is the state affiliate for the SHRM. Founded in 1948, SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. HR Florida State Council is a 100 percent volunteer entity whose primary objective is to support the mission and initiatives of SHRM through education, coordinating professional development efforts, and serving as the conduit for communication among SHRM and chapters as well as at-large members.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dr. Candy Quigley joins Hope HealthCare Services as associate medical director

Palliative care specialist Candy Quigley, M.D., has joined Hope HealthCare Services as associate medical director for the Cape Coral area.

With more than 30 years of experience in the medical field, Dr. Quigley will be responsible for providing care and support to patients and their families during end stages of life.

Prior to joining Hope, Dr. Quigley served as associate medical director with Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care in Sarasota. She holds numerous certifications and licenses, including board certification by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Care and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She is certified to practice medicine in the states of Florida, New York, Vermont and Indiana.

Dr. Quigley earned her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan and completed her residency at the University of Louisville General Hospital in Kentucky. Dr. Quigley is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Florida College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Emergency Medicine and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Evelyn & Arthur Donation Drive for Hospice Resale Store

From October 28 – November 17, 2012, Evelyn & Arthur’s new Estero location in the Coconut Point Mall will collect gently used clothing and accessories as part of a donation drive for Hope Hospice. Merchandise collected at this Evelyn & Arthur location will be resold at Hope Chest, supporting programs and services that Hope provides to patients and families throughout Southwest Florida, regardless of their ability to pay.

This will be the second year that Evelyn & Arthur has partnered with Hope Hospice. Their first donation drive proved to be a huge success with shoppers donating carloads of clothing and accessories.

“We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support the community showed for our first donation drive,” said Adrianne Weissman, president of Evelyn & Arthur. “We ended up extending the donation drive as shoppers continued to bring in donations day after day. We are incredibly grateful to our shoppers for their compassion and caring to support families at a time of great need.”

Those interested in supporting this donation drive are encouraged to bring gently used clothing and accessories to Evelyn & Arthur in Estero. Those who bring in donations will be treated to 10% off Evelyn & Arthur brand merchandise --  the offer is good until December 15, 2012.

For more information on this event, or to learn about Evelyn & Arthur boutiques, please call 239-949-4110 or visit http://www.evelynandarthur.com/

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Boy Scouts to honor Samira K. Beckwith as 2012 Distinguished Citizen

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, has been named the 2012 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Southwest Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America. The award will be presented at a gala community event, which will include a silent auction, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs.

The Distinguished Citizen “Good Scout” Award, presented each year in Southwest Florida since 1991, recognizes individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the community, state or nation. Former honorees include George Sanders, Jim Newton, Jody Hendry, Miles Schofield, Leo Wotitzky, T. Wayne Miller, Dr. Abbott Kagan, Chet Perry, Congressman Connie Mack, Congressman Porter Goss, Dr. David Brown III, David Lucas, Gary Trippe, Steve Shimp, Dr. W. Bernard Lester, Lou and Steve Pontius, Rusty Whitley, Dr. Kenneth Walker, Dudley Goodlette, Jeff Kottkamp, Joe Catti, Sam Galloway Jr. and Jim Nathan.

“Throughout her career, Samira Beckwith has epitomized the extraordinary integrity, service to community, and impeccable character that this award is intended to recognize,” said Gary Trippe, co-chairman of the Distinguished Citizen Committee for the Southwest Florida Council. “Samira and her organization have a profound impact on individuals and families every day. She is a terrific role model for today’s youth.”

Beckwith joined Hope HealthCare Services in 1991, when the local hospice provider served fewer than 100 patients a day. Today, Hope cares for nearly 2,000 individuals in six counties every day, with a diverse range of programs and services, four state-of-the art inpatient facilities, numerous satellite offices, four PACE Centers, a staff of more than 1,000 and an active base of more than 1,200 volunteers.

Beckwith earned her bachelor and master’s degrees at The Ohio State University, where she received the Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Medalist Award, in 2009. While in graduate school, Beckwith – who immigrated with her parents to the U. S. from Lebanon when she was five years old – was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. It was during her medical treatment that Beckwith dedicated her life to helping others live a better life, even during serious illness.

Throughout her career, Beckwith has served in leadership positions on the local, state and national levels, participating in public policy development and lending expertise on legislative issues. Beckwith has served both Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. Rick Scott in health care leadership roles and currently serves as a national director for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, chair of the board for the National Hospice Foundation and founding president of the Florida PACE Association.

The Distinguished Citizen “Good Scout” Award ceremony brings together civic-minded individuals and business leaders from throughout the Southwest Florida community in an event that recognizes and celebrates the importance of scouting in guiding and developing today’s youth.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ride 4 Hope - Bicycling Fundraiser coming up October 21

Ride 4 Hope, a bicycling event that supports Hope HealthCare Services, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 in Bonita Springs. The ride begins at Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice, located at 27200 Imperial Parkway, with registration at 7 a.m. The 50-mile ride departs at 8 a.m. while the 25-mile ride departs at 8:30 a.m.

The annual event was established to honor the memory of loved ones, raise awareness and support those with complex needs related to life-changing illness.

Every dollar raised at Ride 4 Hope benefits Hope’s mission of providing exceptional care and support to individuals and their families as they fulfill life’s journey.

Bill Curtis, a longtime Hope volunteer, rides his age in miles each year. Several years ago, he asked friends and family to support him by riding along or donating to his favorite charity – and the idea for Ride 4 Hope was born.

“Bill is an inspiration to the Southwest Florida community,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “The ride takes place just before November’s National Hospice Month and provides a great way to remember a loved one. Ride 4 Hope reminds us that the care we provide helps people live life as fully as possible, offers dignity to every individual, and surrounds families with love.”

The $40 rider entry donation includes a Ride 4 Hope T-shirt, gift bag and free safety check courtesy of EA Bicycles during the week of Oct. 11.

Ride 4 Hope event sponsors include EA Bicycles, Walgreens and Spiro & Associates, as well as shirt sponsors Service Painting of Florida and CLA Landscaping.

For more information about Ride 4 Hope, registration or sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.hopehcs.org/Ride or contact Heather Chester at 239-489-9164.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Grieving Children find hope at Rainbow Trails Camp - October 12-14, 2012

Hope HealthCare Services, dedicated to comfort and support for individuals and families facing life-limiting illness, offers assistance to youngsters coping with the loss of a loved one through its upcoming Rainbow Trails Camp program.

Scheduled Friday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 14 at Riverside Retreat, 7305 County Rd. 78 in LaBelle, the free program for children ages 6-16 provides an understanding of the grief process, skills to cope with grief and loss, and an opportunity to memorialize and say goodbye to a loved one.

Campers will depart Hopes’ administrative office at 9470 HealthPark Circle in Fort Myers Friday afternoon and return Sunday afternoon. Upon arrival, kids are introduced to the counselors who are Hope professionals, school counselors, teachers and volunteers who have completed a special Rainbow Trails education series. Camp festivities include creative, stress-reducing activities including crafts, swimming and singing.

“The camp provides a special place for children to interact with others who understand,” said Cape Coral resident Kristi Buck. Kristi’s daughter Molly attended the camp at the age of 10 following the passing of her father, Duane (Butch), who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2007.

Molly explained that the camp was very helpful because she was surrounded by other young people close to her age and in similar situations.

“It was easy to make new friends on the bus trip, at dinner and at the last-day-bash because we all had a loss in common,” said Molly. “The counselors made sure we were comfortable and had a good time. From the bus ride to the closing prayer service, the entire experience is one that I will never forget.”

Children at Rainbow Trails Camp enjoy a variety of activities including musical therapy, arts and crafts. The free program for children ages 6-16 provides an understanding of the grief process, skills to cope with grief and loss and an opportunity to memorialize and say goodbye to a loved one. 

For more information about Rainbow Trails Camp, contact Kay Kelly at 855-454-3104 or visit www.hopehospice.org/rainbowtrailscamp.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament

"Every year I organize the tournament to raise money for Hope Hospice in order give back what they did for my family,"
said Amy Andrew, tournament coordinator. "Hope Hospice is a wonderful organization and I am truly honored to raise the donations that will benefit so many families."

The eighth annual Fillet and Release Tournament that benefits Hope Hospice will have a special appearance by the Jagerette's on Sept. 15. The event will have a cash pay out of $7,050 based on a 30 boat entry. Tournament team members as well as everyone that gives a donation to Hope Hospice at the event will have an opportunity to meet and have photos with the Jagerettes. A Captain's meeting will be held at Bahama Breeze at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and the weigh in will be at Matanzas Inn on Fort Myers Beach on the 15th.

The Fillet and Release Tournament has been consistent with entry growth as well as donations since its first year in 2005. What began with 10 boats in 2005, turned public in 2007, and that year had 24 team entries with $1000 going to Hope Hospice. This past year the event had grown to 48 team entries and $10,360 in donations to Hope Hospice. Angler's cash prizes have also grown from $5,000 in 2009 to $7,200 in 2011 for 1st place.

Prize donations are still being collected and detailed tournament location, rules and entry forms can be found at their website, www.filletandrelease4hospice.com.

For more information and to donate prizes contact: Amy Andrew, 239-940-4473, Email amyandrew7 at gmail.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rasmussen College conducts nurse pinning ceremony at Hope Hospice House

Rasmussen College’s inaugural graduating class of registered nurses was honored in a Pinning Ceremony at the Hope Hospice House in Cape Coral.

This hospice house is one of four operated by Hope HealthCare Services in Lee County and the venue where the nurses participated in their first clinical experience. The 11 nurses-in-training were able to gain practical experience with patients, according to Jackie Houle, dean of nursing at the college’s Fort Myers campus.

“We thought it would be nice for the students to finish where they started,” Houle said. “I think the venue was very befitting for our nurses.”

As part of the two-year-old nursing program at Rasmussen, students complete 570 hours of clinical experience to earn an associate degree. At the hospice house, students learn fundamental skills, including bathing, mealtime assistance, transporting patients and administering medications, Houle said.

“This is the first clinical experience they have as students, and Hope has done a great job ensuring that it’s a meaningful one,” she said. “The staff is always welcoming and willing to provide them with real-world experience as a clinical partner.”

Rasmussen’s nursing program, launched in the summer of 2010, currently has 191 nursing candidates who will complete their fundamental clinical experience at a Hope Hospice House.

The college has been approved to offer degrees in licensed practical nursing beginning in October. In addition to the associate RN degree, the school also provides an LPN-to-RN mobility program that allows LPNs to transfer credits toward an RN.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to share our special kind of care with the students of Rasmussen College. At Hope, they have experiences that will shape their careers, touch their hearts and make a difference,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “The clinical and intrinsic benefits of Hope Hospice will help them throughout their journey.”

Monday, June 18, 2012

Beckwith appointed by Florida House of Representatives to Alzheimer’s Task Force

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, has been appointed by the Florida House of Representatives to serve on the state’s Purple Ribbon Task Force to address Alzheimer’s disease.

The Purple Ribbon Task Force – named for the purple ribbon that denotes support for an Alzheimer’s cure – will assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the state’s healthcare system and develop a strategy to address the future needs of Florida residents.

Approximately 520,000 Floridians have Alzheimer’s, a slow, progressive disorder of the brain that results in the loss of memory and cognitive functions; that number in Florida alone is expected to triple by 2050.

“Caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease at all stages, and their family members, is an important part of our work at Hope,” Beckwith said. “The disease takes an extraordinary toll on loved ones, particularly family caregivers. Through programs like PACE and caregiver support groups, we’re reaching those who are affected by this debilitating disease.

“Participating in the Purple Ribbon Task Force will help us share and learn about best practices at all levels, and to focus on programs for the future,” Beckwith said.

PACE is the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, a total healthcare solution for people who are 55 and older in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. The program helps meet the needs of seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s, while helping to provide relief for families and caregivers.

Beckwith served as a state delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, was a Governor’s appointee to the Long-Term Care Policy Advisory Council, serves on the boards of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association, and is the founding president of the Florida PACE Association.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hope HealthCare earns top honor from Uncommon Friends Foundation

Caregiver to frail, seriously ill people and their families wins business ethics award.

Lee County-based Hope HealthCare Services is the winner of the 2012 Uncommon Friends Business Ethics Award.

The award was announced Thursday night at “An Uncommon Evening,” a dinner held at Harborside Event Center, downtown Fort Myers.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation introduced the ethics award in 2006 to recognize a business with high standards of behavior at all levels of the organization.

Hope HealthCare Services cares for people who are frail, seriously ill, at the end of their lives or grieving a loss.The organization’s award application notes an ethical responsibility “to refrain from making ethical decisions on behalf of the patients, clients and families in our care.”

Samira Beckwith, president and CEO, elaborated on this at an ethics roundtable discussion held earlier Thursday. “If family members are arguing, we ask ourselves, ‘How can we support all of them?’ We don’t take sides.”

Age, ability to pay or sexual orientation also don’t influence whether care is given. Said Beckwith: “We’re the region’s safety net.”

Besides Hope HealthCare Services, the finalists for the award were Colliers International Southwest Florida, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm with an office in Fort Myers, and Bonita Springs-based Ted Todd Insurance Agency, which represents Allstate Insurance Co. The finalists were selected from a pool of 23 nominees from across Southwest Florida.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a nonprofit established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among youth and business leaders. It promotes character education in schools, ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.

It draws much of its inspiration from James “Jim” Newton, a longtime real estate developer in Lee County. Newton in the early 1920s began remarkable friendships with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh and their wives. Before his death in 1999, Newton wrote the book “Uncommon Friends,” detailing these relationships and the character and abilities of these notables.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Alison A. Lauber, MD, Joins Hope Hospice

 Palliative care expert Dr. Alison Lauber has joined Hope Hospice as Associate Medical Director.

Dr. Lauber’s primary area for providing care and support to patients and families will be in the Lehigh Acres and Clewiston areas. “Dr. Lauber is highly experienced in family health care as well as hospice,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “She is an expert in providing person-centered care, giving people dignity and comfort when they need it most.”

Most recently Dr. Lauber served as Associate Medical Director at Haven Hospice, headquartered in Gainesville. Previously she served as the Director of the Palliative Consult Service at the Medical College of Georgia, the state’s largest academic medical facility, where she had also received her medical degree. Dr. Lauber holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Hope is the only hospice authorized by the State of Florida to serve Lee, Glades and Hendry counties. For more than 30 years, Hope has provided end-of-life care, comfort and support for patients and their families.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Collier County Seniors Now Have Access to Affordable, Comprehensive Healthcare

Like many people throughout the country, Collier County’s frail elderly residents are concerned about the future of quality healthcare and the support they will need.

In response to these concerns, Hope HealthCare Services has introduced Hope PACE®, the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE enables Collier County seniors to have all of their required preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services brought to their door.

According to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, “People often have a need for special healthcare services in order to maintain their independence. Hope PACE meets their needs and at the same time makes life much easier for their family caregivers.”

Hope PACE is a Medicare/Medicaid or private pay program. Enrollees must be able to live at home safely with additional services as needed. Upon enrollment, participants may receive:
  • Primary medical and nursing care
  • Occupational, physical and speech therapy
  • Medications and medical equipment
  • Laboratory and diagnostic services
  • All necessary prescription drugs
  • Skilled home care and personal care aides
  • Hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care and end of life care
  • Care from medical specialists in cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology, dermatology, orthopedics, surgery and podiatry
  • Transportation to and from medical appointments and outings
The broad range of services also includes transportation to the Hope Care Center of Naples, a state-of-the-art adult day health facility. Here, clients can socialize and participate in stimulating activities including light exercise, games, and arts. Healthcare services are also available on site. The Center is located at 13020 Livingston Road.

This comprehensive, coordinated approach eliminates the need to access individual services from multiple care providers.

“A critically important benefit of Hope PACE is the support it gives to family members,” Beckwith said. “Caring for an aging loved one is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Family members have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their loved one is receiving all the care they need.”

Beckwith added that Hope PACE is now among other Hope Life Care programs also available in Collier County. The organization has served the residents of Collier County for more than seven years through Hope Choices, a long-term, at-home program of care provided by Medicaid and the Department of Elder Affairs for people 65 and older.

Also available to Collier County residents:
Hope Adult Day Health Services – Therapeutic social and health activities for adults with functional impairments, provided in the protective environment of the Hope Care Center
Hope Healing Hearts – Counseling and support for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one

Enrollment is now open for Hope PACE in Collier County. For more information, call toll-free (855) 454-3100, or visit hopepace.org

Friday, April 6, 2012

Samira K. Beckwith Named Chair of National Hospice Foundation Board

Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith has been named Chair of the National Hospice Foundation (NHF) Board of Trustees.

In partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the NHF works to improve care at the end of life for people throughout the United States, in support of more than 3,400 hospice and palliative care providers.

Beckwith is a Founding Member of the NHF’ s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, serving in numerous leadership roles since 1994.

NHF Executive Director John Mastrojohn said, “We are delighted to have Samira serving as our Board Chair. She is an experienced and nationally respected leader who is strongly committed to our vision of a world where individuals and families facing serious illness and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.”

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tickets Now Available for Celebration of Women

For the past five years, nearly 1,000 women have gathered each spring in downtown Ft. Myers to honor the female spirit and the important role women have in our society as caregivers. The Celebration of Women to benefit Hope Hospice has been a sellout every year. Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 event, and organizers are projecting another sellout.

What makes the Celebration so popular? The fun! This year, guests will enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, raffle, boutique shopping, lunch, and a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue, Jennifer’s and Brodeur Carvelle. Nationally-acclaimed musical artists Mark Sanders and Lee Van Asten will perform Broadway show tunes.

Winners in the auction and raffle will have even more reasons to celebrate. Among the available items:
A pink Piaggio Vespa LX50 scooter valued at $6,000
Unprecedented personal pampering with a $1,500 gift certificate to Azul Spa
A 46-inch flat screen TV from Bill Smith Appliances and Electronics, valued at $1,399
A Whirlpool Cabrio Energy Star, High-Efficiency Washer and Dryer, valued at $1,800, courtesy of Home-Tech

“’See you at the Celebration!’” has become something I hear throughout the year from so many people in the community,” said Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “We really look forward to this fun afternoon with long-time friends and new ones, in support of a very important cause.”

L-R: Event Committee member Heather Fitzenhagen; Committee Co-Chair Sandy Stilwell;
Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hope President Samira K. Beckwith to be Featured on VoiceAmerica

Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith will be a guest on “The Dr. Melanie Show,” a web-based talk radio program with 2.5 million listeners worldwide. Beckwith will address the roles of social workers in caring for people with serious and advanced illness.

Beckwith received an undergraduate and Masters Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and an inductee in The Ohio State University College of Social Work Hall of Fame. She has also been honored by the National Association of Social Workers.

The Dr. Melanie Show, hosted by Dr. Melanie Barton, focuses on education and resources related to health and wellness. In observance of National Social Work Month in March, Beckwith and Dr. Melanie will discuss social work issues including care management, managing the activities of daily living; in-home safety; encouraging socialization; and caregiver support.

The program will originally be aired on March 22 at 1 pm on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel. It will be archived on the site for future access.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Junior League Sponsors Family Fun Day

The Junior League of Fort Myers created a special day for the children in Hope HealthCare Services’ Partners in Care program.

Family Fun Day featured cookie decorating, face painting, family photos and crafts.

About 50 children and their families attended the third annual event for the Junior League and Hope.

Katia Robinson-Lucero, Gloria Catano and Sebastian Catano check out their faux tattoos

Rachael Bender learns new crafts

Luke Bender enjoys the arts and crafts

Cahner Flynn with Lucky, a Hope volunteer pet

Thursday, February 23, 2012

50,000 Wishes for Hope: Planning for Future Healthcare Needs

When a loved one becomes seriously ill or critically injured, unable to communicate, will you know their preferences for medical care and treatment? Although much of life is about planning – grocery lists, household budgets, weekend activities, many studies have found that most American adults have devoted no time at all to prepare for what should be among our highest priorities: future healthcare needs.

Hope HealthCare Services has launched a community-wide campaign to encourage this decision-making process before the need arises.

Hope is offering a free advance directives document, Five Wishes, to address the decisions that must be made when a serious illness or incident occurs. The booklet explains possible medical and legal choices that may need to be made and assists people with exploring personal, spiritual and family preferences. Five Wishes provides information for the family and physicians such as:
  • Who you want to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them
  • The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want
  • How comfortable you want to be
  • How you want people to treat you
  • What you want your loved ones to know
Discussing these wishes with loved ones and sharing them with the family physician will help to ensure that the choices are understood and followed. The completed booklet should be kept in a location known to the family.

Hope has set a goal of placing Five Wishes in the hands of 10,000 people in the community this year. Everyone is invited to participate in 50,000 Wishes for Hope.

"We encourage all adults including those in good health as well as those coping with illness to make these important decisions now,” said Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Completion of Five Wishes can bring peace of mind when the family needs it most. In the event you are unable to speak for yourself, you voice will still be heard. This is an important gift to your loved ones.”

Five Wishes is considered a legal document in Florida and 41 other states, and in most cases, does not require the participation of a lawyer or notary. To request a complimentary copy, call (855) 454-3100, or email@hopehcs.org. The document can also be downloaded at www.hopehcs.org/fivewishes.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Broadway Meets Fifth Avenue at Celebration of Women

Tickets now on sale for Hope Hospice fundraiser at Harborside Event Center in April

Hope HealthCare Services hosts its fifth annual Celebration of Women on Thursday, April 26, at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers with the 2012 theme, “Broadway Meets Fifth Avenue.”

The event – which draws a sold-out crowd for one of the most celebrated social luncheons of the year – showcases fashion trends from Saks Fifth Avenue and Southwest Florida’s finest boutiques,. This year’s show is accompanied by Broadway performances infused with show tunes performed by national touring artist Mark Sanders and pianist Lee Van Asten.

Individual tickets for Celebration of Women are again priced at only $55 this year. Doors open at 11 a.m. with a champagne reception, silent auction and boutique-style shopping, followed by lunch and the highly anticipated fashion show.

Nearly 1,000 guests are expected. A variety of vendors will donate a portion of their proceeds to Hope Hospice, and event guests can participate in a silent auction and raffle for high-end prizes.

Proceeds from the event benefit Hope Hospice, with a special focus on Hope Kids Care for children with serious illnesses, grieving a loss or at end-of-life. Through its Kids Care programs, Hope provides developmentally appropriate services to infants, children and adolescents with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Tables for eight guests are available for $550; event sponsorships are available from $1,000 to $10,000. Valet parking is available at Harborside Event Center throughout the event.

For sponsorship information or to purchase individual tickets, contact Sherri Holly at 855-454-3104.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Emiliya S. Hill, MD, Joins Hope Hospice

Pain expert Dr. Emiliya Hill has joined Hope Hospice as Associate Medical Director.

Hill’s primary area for providing care and support to patients and their families will be at the 24-bed Hope HealthCare Services Center in Lehigh Acres. “Dr. Hill is highly experienced in providing palliative care to adults and children,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “She is well-prepared to give high-quality, person-centered care to those who are served by Hope.”

Most recently Hill practiced at Lee County Medical Solutions. She is a graduate of the Alma-Atinskij State Medical Institute in Almaty City, Kazakhstan, where she received her degree in Pediatrics. She was a Fellow in the Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of South Florida School of Medicine. She is board-certified in Family Medicine by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Hope is the only hospice authorized by the State of Florida to serve Lee, Glades and Hendry counties. For more than 30 years, Hope has provided end-of-life care, comfort and support for patients and their families.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hope Announces Adult Day Health Services: Includes services and amenities unique in Collier County

Photo: Representatives of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and other guests join Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Hope Care Center of Naples.

Hope HealthCare Services has announced the opening of a special new facility to add to the quality of life of adults in Collier County. According to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, the agency saw an increasing need for the care of people who may need assistance during the day but prefer to live at home. Adult Day Health services can be especially helpful for adults with functional impairments requiring a protective environment. Therapeutic social and health activities are integral parts of the program.

“The facility and the program have been carefully and thoughtfully designed to enrich the lives of those in our care,” Beckwith said. “Their days will be meaningful and rewarding, and each person can be as active and involved as they are able to be.”

Hope’s Adult Day Health services will be provided at the new Hope Care Center of Naples, a spacious, comfortable state-of-the-art facility located at 13020 Livingston Road.

Individual care programs are determined at enrollment, based on each person’s interests, hobbies and career history so that daily activities can be customized.

Each client’s day will begin with conversations with Hope staff members and volunteers about the news of the day and other topics of interest, along with a discussion of plans and goals for the day. Light exercise sessions will help the individual to maintain body strength, primarily for balance and fall prevention. The day will also include rest periods, games, gardening, art, music and pet therapy, and even dancing if desired. A nutritious lunch and snacks will be available.

Among the unique features of the Hope Care Center of Naples are specially designed therapy areas. For example, an individual who is new to a wheelchair will be able to learn how to easily get in and out of bed, and how to maneuver indoors. A nurse will always be on duty.

Family members will have peace of mind knowing their loved one is being well cared for in their absence, in a safe environment.

The facility is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and participants may attend all day or for only a few hours. Transportation is available.

Hope has served the residents of Collier County for more than seven years through Hope Choices, a long-term, at-home program of care provided by Medicaid and the Department of Elder Affairs for people 65 and older, whose goal is to remain in their own home.

Also available to Collier County residents:

● Hope Healing Hearts – Counseling and support for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one

● Hope Comfort Care – Symptom management and counseling in the home for people of all ages with a serious illness

Adult Day Health is the first phase of services to be provided at the facility. Later in 2012, the Hope Care Center of Naples will also offer Hope PACE, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. This Medicare/Medicaid or private pay program will enable people 55 and older to maintain independent living as they enjoy the amenities of the Center in addition to care and supportive services at home.

“With our Adult Day Health services, we can now offer even more people the opportunity to have a comfortable, satisfying and dignified life,” Beckwith said.

For more information about Hope’s Adult Day Health services, call (toll free) 1-855-454-3100.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hope Parkinson Program Presents the 2012 Parkinson Symposium

The public is invited to the 2012 Parkinson Symposium, hosted by the Hope Parkinson Program.

The symposium is an educational seminar for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. Participants will learn more about the disease and how to improve their quality of life. A representative from the Michael J. Fox Foundation will provide the latest information about their Parkinson Research Projects.

Featured speakers

J. Eric Ahlskog, MD, Mayo Clinic Parkinson Specialist
Nima Mowzoon, MD, Neurologist, Director of the Hope Parkinson Program

Event details and online registration available at www.hopeparkinson.org/events

Registration fee: $10 per person
Seating is limited

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Seniors get novel health care: Hope PACE in Port Charlotte

Originally published in the Charlotte Sun

The Hope PACE Center in Port Charlotte is a fresh concept in health care for aging adults in the area.

Hope PACE, which stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, is a program of Hope HealthCare Services, a community-based agency and Medicare provider that meets the total healthcare needs of its participants while providing other services and allowing them to be independent and continue to live at home, according to the website www.hopepace.org  . Hope PACE also has facilities in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres, with an additional one planned for Naples.

Not only does the multi-purpose center offer healthcare services, it offers activities, nutritious meals and the opportunity to socialize and make new friends, its website states.

“This program is the first in the area and way ahead of other forms of providing care for the elderly, said John Strickling, community relations director for the Port Charlotte Hope PACE. “The baby boomer population is growing and they are living longer. We will and can meet their needs.”

Those who enroll at Hope PACE get all their medical care through the center.

“Instead of the person having to go to various offices throughout the area we can provide these services all in one place at the Hope 4 4 Center. Home health care is also part of the supplied service,” said Port Charlotte Hope PACE Manager Mary “Maggie” Magagnos, a registered nurse who is certified in hospice and palliative care. “Many seniors choose to live at home rather than in a nursing home. We help them to do this by providing special health care.”

The center is set up for total health care, with fully equipped exam rooms. It receives laboratory and diagnostic services, as well as care from specialists in cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology, dermatology, orthopedics, podiatry and more.

Services offered include transportation to and from the center; medical appointments and outings, primary medical and nursing care; occupational, physical and speech therapy; prescription drugs and medical equipment, according to its website. Services are provided for diabetics and heart disease patients. The center provides daycare for those whose assessment warrants the need, as well. Participants at Hope PACE come to the center on an individually planned basis, which can range from a few days a month to a full week at time. Normally, a client who qualifies can come to the center three days a week from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Other social activities, meals and services are available as well. Transportation is provided. Musicians often provide entertainment during the day.

Dorothy Barklay, who has come to the center for four months said, “I really enjoy the companionship here. I live by myself and enjoy doing crafts and the entertainment. “This place is fabulous,” said another client, Linda Dukes, who has been enrolled at Hope PACE since January. “We get medical attention and the nurses are aware of wound care. This is an excellent place and it allows me live in my own home and meet people. There is no other place like this in the area.”

Hope PACE also aids individuals who can no longer live at home with help finding nursing home services, hospitalization or hospice care.

To be eligible for the Port Charlotte Hope PACE, individuals must be 55 years or older, reside in Charlotte County and have health problems that qualify them for nursing home care but are able to live safely in the community.

Hope PACE is covered for those who have both Medicare and are Medicaid eligible at no cost. For those who are Medicare eligible only, there is a fee. There is no cost to those who are Medicaid eligible only. Private pay is also accepted.

For more information or to sign up, call 866-659-7223 and ask for information about the Hope PACE Center in Port Charlotte. The Port Charlotte office is at 3280 Tamiami Trail, suites 45 to 47.

The Senator’s Award – 2012

Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith Receives "The Senator's Award - 2012"

Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare Services, has received “The Senator’s award – 2012,” presented annually by State Senator Michael “Mike” Bennett, Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee.

According to Senator Bennett, the award is presented to “citizens in southwest Florida who have responded to the new century and to these times in unique ways.”

As the Senator explained to Beckwith, “Your working relationship with so many people in the community and your ability to provide ‘out of the box’ approaches for the benefit of the patients and their care is an example for all of us.”

The Senator continued, “Your work in hospice and end-of-life care has made you a pioneer not only in our community but our state. Florida is all the more enriched with your work and the work of your organization. You prove the observation that Florida’s greatest resource is her people.”

Beckwith said, “I am grateful for this honor, and would like for it to be a reminder to the community that Hope is here to help everyone in need. For more than 20 years, my staff and I have worked to provide the best healthcare possible, and we deeply appreciate this special recognition.”

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hope Chest Announces Special Sales Event for Brides-to-Be

Hope Chest, the Hope Hospice resale store, will host a special sale of wedding gowns on Sunday, January 15.

More than 100 new and gently used gowns, from the simple to the extravagant, ranging in size from 4 to 26, will be available for purchase.

The gowns were originally donated to the “Love That Dress” event held by the Lee County PACE Center for Girls. Through a joint partnership between the PACE Center for Girls and Hope PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), the gowns are available at a fraction of their original prices.

What: Hope Chest wedding gown sales event
When: Sunday, January 15, 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: 13821 North Cleveland Avenue, North Fort Myers

Note: Hope Chest is normally closed on Sundays and will be open on this date exclusively for this event.