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.