Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Futile Treatment in the ICU

According to a recent JAMA Internal Medicine report, nearly 20% of intensive care unit patients are receiving treatment that is futile or probably futile. Among those who received futile care, 68% died while hospitalized.

Futile treatment may be defined as interventions that prolong life without achieving an effect that the patient can appreciate as a benefit.

Why are futile treatments given to patients?
Possible reasons may include lack of agreement from the family, lack of agreement within the clinical team or the failure of doctors to talk about end-of-life issues.

What can you do to avoid futile treatments for yourself or a loved one?
Speak early and often about issues that concern you, as well as your values and preferences. Ask for the help of expert consultants, such as palliative care doctors or an ethics committee. Discuss which treatment options fit your goals. Don’t be afraid to ask for extra time to speak with a physician.

Before a healthcare crisis, put your wishes in writing. Ask us for a copy of Five Wishes, to establish advance directives in the event that you are no longer able to speak for yourself.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Well Read gift shop benefits Hope Hospice

The idea of a one-night benefit for Hope Hospice turned into something bigger with Robin Currier involved. Well Read, a seasonal clothier and gift shop featuring unique items dedicated to the love of literature, is her new vision of a way to help.

The boutique will be open throughout November at Bell Tower Shops, with a portion of each sale - from both the store and online - being donated to benefit the Pet Peace of Mind program at Hope Hospice.

Pet Peace of Mind helps individuals who are facing a life-limiting illness to remain close to their beloved pets. Often considered members of the family, these pets are lovingly cared for by Hope volunteers, who feed and walk the pets and ensure they remain clean and healthy - and by their owner’s side.

“I was truly inspired by what Hope Hospice does with the pets of their patients,” Currier said. “These animals provide unconditional love and companionship when a seriously ill person needs it most. I loved the program and felt I simply had to find a way to help. Well Read gives me that opportunity.”

Currier has blended her passions for literature and fashion by creating a line of men’s neckties and T-shirts based on classic works such as Moby Dick, Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre, Humpty Dumpty and many more. Some of the designs are literal while others are more abstract, Currier said. Well Read will also carry leggings, dresses and accessories for women and children.

 In addition to Currier's original artwork, the innovative packaging is created to provide a playful answer to holiday shopping needs. Currier said she loves packaging, and her first venture into the fashion industry was men’s neckties packaged in hardbound book boxes. Well Read items are geared toward children and adults – a romper for the boy and a matching T-shirt for dad, for example.

Well Read will be staffed by volunteers and carry Currier’s business model, which is grounded in service and giving back to the Fort Myers community where she was born and raised. Currier said Bell Tower is incredibly supportive by offering an empty store to lease for the month.

 “We think what Robin is doing for our Pet Peace of Mind program is marvelous,” Hope HealthCare Services CEO Samira K. Beckwith said. “For many in our care, pets are considered part of the family and bring so much joy, which is why we created the program. We also help ensure that these treasured pets find a loving, adoptive home.”

 “I am impressed with Hope Hospice,” Currier said. “They always think outside the box."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer




Senator Lizbeth Benaquisto with Hope President & CEO Samira K. Beckwith and NBC-2 news anchor Krista Fogelsong at American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk at Tanger Outlets on October 19, 2013.

Samira Beckwith was the honorary survivor chair of this special event.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hope PACE Medical Director: Sheeja Ann Kanacheril

Hope HealthCare Services has appointed Sheeja Ann Kanacheril, D.O., as the new medical director for Hope PACE, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. The program provides a long-term, community-based alternative to nursing home care.

A college graduate of Tulane University, Kanacheril holds a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Nova Southeastern, achieving academic honors as a National Health Service Corps Scholar. She completed her residency at the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, an affiliate of the Duke University Medical Center. Kanacheril previously worked in multi-specialty primary care practices in Orlando and Southwest Florida.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dr. Michelle Rougeux joins Hope HealthCare Services as assistant medical director


A member of the Hope Hospice team since 2010, Dr. Rougeux will oversee the care of Hope patients throughout Cape Coral.

A graduate of Niagara University with a doctorate from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Rougeux has nearly 35 years of experience in the medical field. Board certified in family medicine, Rougeux also has certifications in hospice and palliative medicine. She previously served as medical director for the Steuben County Jail and Steuben County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in New York, where she is also licensed to practice.