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.