Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Beckwith elected vice chair of National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, has been elected vice chair of the board of directors for the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, which advocates for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer and provides tools that empower people to advocate for themselves.

Founded by and for cancer survivors, NCCS works to effect policy change at the national level, including regulation, funding and delivery of quality cancer care.

Beckwith has twice survived cancer; she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 24 and later, breast cancer. Her experiences helped shape Beckwith’s career mission to ensure access to quality, compassionate health care services for all.

“Quality of life is the core focus of everything we offer at Hope HealthCare Services, and the work of NCCS supports our mission,” said Beckwith. “NCCS advocates at the national level to ensure quality care, and access to care, for everyone affected by cancer. They also provide resources that offer hope to those living with this disease and practical information to help people live each day as fully as possible. I’m pleased to serve as vice chair and help share our experiences from Hope on the national stage.”

Now in her second year on the NCCS board, Beckwith has an extensive background of service in shaping public policy. She 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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dr. Luis R. Cortes joins Hope HealthCare Services as medical director

Luis R. Cortes, D.O., has joined Hope HealthCare Services as medical director.

Dr. Cortes is responsible for overseeing the hospice medical department and conducts home visits with patients in the Cape Coral area.

Prior to joining Hope, Dr. Cortes had a medical practice and served as a physician with a hospice provider in Fort Lauderdale. He holds numerous certifications and licenses, including board certification by the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of the College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Cortes earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hope HealthCare hosts 12th annual Conference on Aging

Healthcare professionals, older adults and family caregivers are invited to Hope HealthCare Services’ 12th annual Conference on Aging, which offers education on health care, mental health, case management and an update on current issues.

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5 at Broadway Palm, located at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is $80 for licensed professionals - with continuing education credits available - and $40 for caregivers and students. To register for the event, visit donate.hopehcs.org/COA13.

Presenters for the conference include:

  • Robert Pollack M.D. of Psychiatric Associates of Southwest Florida
  • Andy Oakes-Lottridge M.D. of Personalized Health Care Inc.
  • Natalie Childress of NCIM Inc.
  • Marilyn Gregory of Senior Choices of Southwest Florida
  • Britton Swank, Esq. and Beth Prather, Esq. of Prather & Swank, P.A.
  • Bob Sheehan and Jonathan Scalone of Hope HealthCare Services
  • Kandy Love of the Healthy & Harmony Center

Topics include mental health and mental illness; polypharmacy; practical resources for the elderly; elder neglect and self neglect; final arrangements; benefits and placement options; veterans care; and stress management.

The Conference on Aging is sponsored by Prather & Swank, P.A., in partnership with Dottie Hummel Consulting, Lee Memorial Health System, Arden Courts, Florida Gulf Coast University and United Way of Lee County.

Call Heather Chester at (239) 489-9164 for further details.