Monday, December 22, 2014

Hope Hospice Tennis Slam at the Forest: January 24

A Fun-Filled Day for a Great Cause
We are excited to announce the Second Annual Hope Hospice Tennis Slam on Saturday, January 24th. Last year the golf and tennis events raised over $22,000 for Hope Hospice! This year, we have an all-day schedule planned with food, clinics, pro-am, exhibition match and a reception with a silent auction.

Participation is limited so make sure to sign up for this event as soon as possible. Event Sign Up will be open to the public on January 9. Sign up by e-mailing Jennifer Owenby, Tennis Activities Director or calling the tennis pro shop at (239) 482-8690.

$75 for all events
$50 Pro am with Lunch or Clinic with Lunch
Choice of Morning or Afternoon Session

Raffle and silent auction winners announced after exhibition.

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-10:15 a.m. Clinic with tennis professionals
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Pro-Am
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Exhibition Match
1:45-3:15 p.m. Clinic with tennis professionals
3:30-5:00 p.m. Pro-Am
5:00 p.m. Reception

Spectators are welcome!

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Issue Wings of Hope Now Available

Don't miss our Wings of Hope magazine! This issue has over 65 pages of stories and hopeful inspiration. We hope you enjoy reading more about how Hope's programs are really impacting patients and families at an individual level.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FDOT Grant for New Hope Mobiles

Two new Hope PACE “Hope Mobiles” will be on the road this season as the result of a $290,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

Hope will use the grant funds from FDOT’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program to add to their fleet vehicles for Hope PACE – a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – for those who want to remain independent in their communities and in their own homes.

The Hope Mobiles transport participants to and from Hope’s PACE Centers in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

“Adding additional capacity to our fleet of Hope Mobiles helps us serve even more people in the community who will benefit from our PACE programs,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “The FDOT grant allows us to help ensure the safety and comfort of those in our care.”

The grant will be used to purchase a 26-foot-long bus with lift and capacity for up to 12 ambulatory seats and four wheelchairs, as well as a low-floor bus with ramp and capacity for eight ambulatory seats and five wheelchairs. The two new buses expand the Hope PACE fleet to 16 vehicles. The FDOT grant also will be used to purchase GPS navigational units for the buses and cell phones for fleet communication.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Special Event: The Paisley Peacock & A Flower Boutique

Enjoy fabulous floral workshops benefiting Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs. Workshops are $40 per person and will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 at 24830 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 2400 Bonita Springs, FL 34134

November 5 & 12: Tuscan Autumn Flowers
December 4 & 11: Holiday Elegance

Make it a fun evening out with friends and take home your beautiful design! A portion of every purchase will benefit Hope. RSVP by calling 239.221.3362 Space is limited. Call soon!

Why Our Donors Give to Hope Kids Care

Our 6 year old grandson is fighting – bravely and beautifully – Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Western North Carolina. May you continue to give hope in similar situations here in southwest Florida.
- Carolyn Bartholet

If Hope Hospice takes care of children as they do for older people, they will always be on my favorite charity list.
- Dale Cotie

I will never forget the wonderful care my husband was offered at home and at Joanne’s House where he died April 14, 2014. This is a small gift, but my heart goes with it. Thank you. - Mary Knauer

Giving to help children brings joy to my heart!
Dr. Kenneth P. Walker

I’m making this gift because I care about the children. I only wish I could give more.
- Demie Moore

Hope is a fantastic organization helping people in need.
- Mr. & Mrs. James Zandlo

Our daughter Robin died of leukemia - as a teenager, several years ago before the new medications now available. - Wilma Bullock

This gift is in appreciation of the wonderful care (and love) you gave to my wife, Geraldine Panuska, when she was at the Cape Coral facility in May of 2009.
- Robert Panuska

We’re giving in memory of Jill A. Shively who passed away in the marvelous care of Hope in October 2008. We appreciate your people.
- Jack and Mary Jo Shively

The one year anniversary of the death of my dear friend Jan Smith is near. She was blessed to be under the care of your wonderful staff at Hospice of Lehigh. My thanks to your entire organization for all done for her and myself, and an added thank you for your letters of support and comfort. They always seem to come at a time when they’re most needed. God Bless everyone connected with Hope.
- Fran Bonar

My mother died 21 months ago and spent the final 16 days of her life at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres. Everyone there was wonderful and I will never forget all they did.
- David Cooley

I believe in Hope Hospice!! They took FANTASTIC care of my wife, Brenda and my mom Anne at their Bonita Springs Joanne’s House!!! Those dedicated people made a believer out of me!
- Richard Hoskins

I thank God for my eight healthy grandchildren and hope in some way my small contribution will help Hope Kids.
- Appie D. Scott

I believe in helping children with serious illnesses as they can’t help themselves.
- Marilyn Williams

Hope Hospice does a great job in, among other services, being “angels” to all in their care.
- Rosalina Nyberg

Just because you are wonderful!
- Donna G. Baker

Several of my friends have used hospice and I have a lot of respect for the work that you do.
- Ron Browne

Being a teacher for 33 years gives me a heart for children - in any situation! Hospice helped my mother and family and will help me with my husband in his time.
- Diane Hanley

When my mother was transferred from the hospital to Hope Hospice, I felt like it was the closest thing to heaven for someone with only a short time left on Earth. My wish would be for any terminal person to be able to die in comfort - especially a child.
- Linda West

I give in memory of my husband who was a loving and caring man with eight children of his own and three step-children.
- Dora Kruger

It is the least I can do for Hope Kids after the wonderful care given to my late husband from everyone at Hope Hospice. God Bless all of you!
- Dolores Tole

I give in memory of Mike Festa who passed away in October 2011 in the loving care of the beautiful and caring providers at Hope Hospice Cape Coral.
- Brian Festa

Hope is the one thing kids need to keep themselves going. A world without hope is a world we don't need.
- William Gorman

We all eventually need help. Let's help take care of those who need it now (especially the kids).
- Gene Wagner

Make your own donation to Hope Kids Care, and tell us why you give!

Tennis Challenge at The Sanctuary Golf Club, Sanibel

Bracketed Men’s & Women’s Doubles
Single elimination with consolation rounds

November 8 & 9 2014

Tournament play begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Entry fee includes continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Bracket winners and finalists, as well as consolation winners will receive awards designed by artist Lucas Century.

For more sponsorship or player information please call Christie Bradley at (239) 472-5276.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Volunteer Flower Program Brings Colorful Joy to Hospice Patients

Our flower program is growing! Each week, volunteers pick up, rearrange and deliver flowers to patients who are celebrating birthdays or significant events.

Shirley and Jim bring in beautiful bundles
Before starting their normal volunteer shifts, Jim and Shirley Wyckoff stop at the Publix on Hancock Bridge Parkway to pick up donated flowers.

Hope volunteers get ready to work in their aprons!
Flo Raley, Doris Stark, Maureen Pollock and Gloria Healey create beautiful arrangements, and Marianne Denman and Barbara Jones make the deliveries, lifting our patients’ spirits with their own smiles and cheerful bouquets.

Marianne and Barbara outside the office for flower delivery
Additionally, leftovers are bundled for Hope staff to take to patients in facilities, where the colorful blooms brighten rooms.

As this program grows, it takes more volunteers to make it happen. Thanks to everyone who has helped  make it a great success!

To learn more about becoming a Hope volunteer, please visit

Monday, October 27, 2014

Evelyn & Arthur Clothing Drive for Hope Hospice

Bring  your gently used clothing or handbags anytime during the week of November 1st through November 15th, and you’ll receive a coupon for 20% off any item $75 or more! Some restrictions apply.

Evelyn & Arthur Clothing Drive for Hope Hospice
November 1-15, 2014
The Promenade at Bonita Bay
26811 S. Bay Drive, Suite 124 
(239) 949-4110

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fillet & Release Tournament Raises over $15,000 for Hope

Congratulations to the tournament winners:
  • Southern Boys BBQ won first place for $14,273
  • Team Outdoor Republic won second place for $4,078
  • Remote Encounters won third place for $2,309

Monday, September 22, 2014

Linda Ehrlich: A Life Transformation

Hope Parkinson participants Linda and Stan Ehrlich
Linda Ehrlich isn't about to slow down. Not now. Not after she’s transformed her body and life and helped slow the effects of Parkinson’s disease through diet, a positive attitude and staying on the move.

Linda’s day is filled with two-mile walks, long swims and other forms of exercise. And since her husband, Stan, balked at tango lessons, Linda, who is 72, now talks about adding Zumba classes to keep her body in motion.

“My husband had always been faster than me on our walks, but now I’m fast, fast, fast,” Linda said.

“She does wear me out,” Stan said. “I’m going to have to get a bike to keep up with her.”

Through the help of Weight Watchers, she eats better, and coupled with staying on the move, Linda has lost 50 pounds. Dr. Ramon Gil, a neurologist who specializes in Parkinson’s disease, directs Linda’s medical treatment. She receives encouragement from her husband along with Michelle Martin and the Hope Parkinson Program.

“She looks like a million bucks,” said Martin, Hope’s community outreach coordinator. “No one would ever guess she has Parkinson’s disease. Linda feels that through positive thinking, education, diet and exercise, she has become a new person.”

Struggling at the start
Linda wasn’t sure what was happening to her body more than six years ago. Her hands had begun to tremble, so she and Stan made an appointment to see her doctor. He was giving her a prescription when her hand went out of control.

“He looked up at me and told me I didn’t have tremors,” she said. “He tore up the prescription. He said, ‘You have Parkinson’s disease.’”

The disease started taking control of her body. She was out of shape and quickly began struggling to push herself out of chairs and the bathtub. Stan often had to pull her up. Linda also walked slowly, had little endurance and was afraid of falling. “I was ready to throw in the towel,” she said. “I was very frustrated.”

This wasn’t what they pictured happening when they retired and moved from Maryland to Fort Myers about 12 years ago. The Ehrlichs saw themselves being happy and healthy in the warmth of Southwest Florida. “We thought we’d never have any health problems,” Linda said.

A new beginning
Most of the improvements in Linda’s health and outlook have occurred in the past 15 months.
She and Stan attended “A Matter of Balance” class and then took a 12-week workshop called “Tai Chi for Better Balance” – both offered through Hope’s Parkinson Program. The Ehrlichs, who have been married for 55 years, also have attended several educational and social events.

“Linda is a completely different person than the lovely lady we met a little more than a year ago,” Martin said.

She also began seeing Dr. Gil. Her physical improvement led him to adjust her medication, which has eliminated her cravings of chocolate and other sweets and drastically helped her memory. “When it comes to Hope and Dr. Gil, if you listen and push yourself, you can do wonders,” she said. “People can’t believe I have Parkinson’s.”

Stan has been with her through the process, encouraging her mentally and physically. “I don’t think I could have done it by myself,” Linda said. Now, there’s no stopping her. Non-stop exercise and a healthy diet have become her lifestyle. “If you push yourself, you can fight the disease,” Linda said. “You can’t stop it, but you can sure slow it down a lot and have a better quality of life.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Healing the Littlest Hearts with Hope

“When I cried, no one laughed at me, like they did at school.” - a Rainbow Trails Camper

What does a six foot ice cream sundae have in common with tearful hugs and forever friendships? They’re all part of Hope’s Rainbow Trails Camp. This special event helps kids from 6-16 cope with grief and loss during a one-of-a-kind weekend experience.

From water sports to therapeutic art projects, children and teens will have the opportunity to partake in traditional camp activities while learning about grief. One of the unique benefits of this weekend is the opportunity to meet other children who are facing similar circumstances. Children soon realize their feelings are normal and that they aren't alone. 

Apply for Camp
Call Kay Kelly at (239) 482-4673 for more information
October 17 - 19 at Riverside Retreat
7305 County Rd 78, LaBelle
Camp is free of charge
Camper Application

Make a Donation
If you have room in your heart to help these grieving children, make a donation so that we can keep camp free of charge for all campers.

Give online at

Monday, August 25, 2014

Reaching Dementia Patients through Art and Music

Outreach Chaplain Jonathan Scalone has pioneered the use of an iPad in his interactions with dementia patients. An app called Aeolian Harp allows the user to create relaxing animations and sounds without musical knowledge.

The iPad screen can be held in close proximity to the patient, and earphones help carry the sound. The patient can hear the music they make by moving their fingers and see the changes unfold on the screen.

Jonathan recently used the app with Irene, a hospice patient in her 80’s. She used one finger, then multiple fingers to experiment with the mesmerizing images and sounds. Irene’s face lit up once she recognized the connection between her movement and the art being created onscreen. She kept smiling as she continued her drawing and listened to the music. A screenshot of her art is captured here.

Jonathan went on to explore other music on the iPad through YouTube and Pandora, and Irene’s responses helped guide him through their interactions. He discovered that she had a special enjoyment of Elvis and gospel hymns.

No matter what abilities may remain when a patient approaches the end of life, we will continue to value their dignity and personhood - and to communicate in ways that may reach them.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Honoring Hutch, An American Hero

The Hope Honor Guard recently performed a recognition ceremony for Hutch, who served in the United States Air Force during World War II. As a young pilot, he earned his wings on May 1, 1944, and he flew his first mission on June 6, 1944 – flying from England to Normandy to pick up wounded soldiers who had stormed the beach. During his career, Hutch had the privilege of transporting General Patton and flying General Eisenhower over sections of France. After 22 years of service, Hutch retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel.

Learn more about Hope's VALOR program and how we honor veterans in our care.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Samira K. Beckwith participates in U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging panel

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, participated in a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging panel in Washington, D.C., May 21 that focused on end-of-life issues and how the private sector and government can be more responsive to patients and their families.

“Our health care system is excellent at managing acute episodic illness or injury, but there is great need to establish appropriate care systems for the number of aging boomers with advanced progressing illness,” Beckwith shared with the committee. “Hospice benefits need to be more accessible for individuals as they experience significant physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial burdens and become eligible for hospice care.”

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging is chaired by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Fla.) with ranking member Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-Maine).

Beckwith urged the committee to examine the nine significant regulatory changes in 2014 that occurred without coordinating policy changes or their implementation, and without considering the impact on patients and families. Administrative and regulatory burdens that present obstacles include the new Medicare Part D requirements, face-to-face requirement and a “one size fits all” approach across providers and patient populations that does not work for end-of-life care.

“The Medicare Hospice Benefit was designed to be flexible enough to meet the wide variety of needs and experiences that can be present in our vulnerable patient population,” said Beckwith. “These are the very aspects of the benefit that seem threatened now through the scrutiny on variations in length of stay, levels of care, setting of care and utilization of various staff on the hospice interdisciplinary team.”

Beckwith advocated for a national effort to increase hospice use during the last two years of life – instead of “misguided” efforts to reduce the length of stay - to reduce costs and improve patients’ quality of life.

Joining Beckwith in the “Continuing the Conversation: The Role of Health Care Providers in Advance Care Planning” roundtable discussion were: Carmella A. Bocchino, RN, America’s Health Insurance Plans; William Novelli, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care and McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; Randall Krakauer, MD, Aetna; Daniel O’Brien, Ph.D., Ascension Health; and Paul Malley, Aging With Dignity. Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, of the American Geriatrics Society, moderated the panel.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Samira on Lee Pitts Live: Sunday, May 25

Be sure to tune in for Samira's interview with Lee Pitts on Sunday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m. on FOX 4. This will be Samira's first appearance on the talk show since being named Person of the Year. Learn more about how Samira found her career path, her involvement with the national hospice movement and details about some of Hope’s lesser-known programs and services.

Friday, May 2, 2014

When is it time for hospice care?

A common question asked by those considering hospice care for a loved one is, “When is the right time?”

Many families who chose hospice care for the loved one have later said, “We wish we had come to hospice earlier.” It would have been better for the loved one - having more compassionate and comprehensive care during their illness, and it would have given the family greater peace of mind.

Of course, it can be a very difficult decision to make. No one wants to feel as if they are “giving up” on someone they love. Even for physicians, trained to heal, it is not easy to say, “There is nothing more I can do.” Fortunately, it's not a decision you have to make alone.

A referral for hospice means that something can be done: the patient who cannot be cured can be comforted - physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Last year, more than a million Americans received hospice care. But we know that for every person who received care, another person could have also benefited from this exceptional type of care - but did not.

A person is eligible for hospice after being certified by a physician as having a serious illness with a life expectancy that may be six months or less, depending on the course of the disease.

Anyone - family member, friend, physician, can refer someone to hospice. Many patients are referred by a health care professional, but others were first referred by a friend or loved one.

If you are wondering if it's the right time for hospice care, ask for a free consultation. Our staff can provide guidance after learning more about your unique circumstances, needs and goals. We are always available to answer your questions. Please call Hope at (239) 482-4673 or (800) 835-1673.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Over 300 Hope Volunteers Attend Appreciation Luncheon

Hope's volunteers enjoyed an appreciation lunch during National Volunteer Month this April at the Hyatt in Bonita Springs. After a special pledge of allegiance, led by the Hope Honor Guard, Mayor Randy Henderson spoke about the exceptional care and volunteer support his father-in-law received at Hope Hospice. The events concluded with a special salute to retiring Volunteer Educator Joe Pardi.

Learn more about Hope Volunteers.

Friends of Hope Spring Luncheon Raises Nearly $85,000

The Friends of Hope: Women’s Committee hosted their Spring Luncheon on Monday, April 7 at the Hyatt Coconut Point. Attendees of this annual fundraiser enjoyed boutique shopping, vendor raffle items and a fashion show featuring pets! A special giving opportunity was designed to benefit our Rainbow Trails Camp, Hopeful Wishes for Kids and Pet Peace of Mind programs.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Hospice: Something More

Audiences are afforded a rare glimpse into the lives of hospice patients in the one-hour special program, "Hospice: Something More."

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Michael J. Fox Foundation representative to present “Research Updates” at the Hope Parkinson Program Community Education event April 11

The Hope Parkinson Program will feature Patricia Radford, associate director of advancement for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, at Hope’s Community Education event on Friday, April 11.

The free event, open to the public, will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Edison State College U-Building, located at 8099 College Parkway in Fort Myers.

Radford will present the latest research updates on behalf of the foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure and ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s disease. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, caregivers and those living with Parkinson’s disease encouraged to attend.

This event coincides with Parkinson Awareness Month and seeks to share new information regarding the chronic, progressive neurological disease that affects movement, speaking and cognitive function.

 To register for the Hope Parkinson Program Community Education event, call 877-856-2449.

The Hope Parkinson Program is a complimentary service created to help individuals and their care partners live well while coping with the effects of the disease. The program is designed to add quality of life through educational events, exercise and movement classes, emotional support and creative and social opportunities.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bouquet of Hope cookbook raises funds for Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice

Members and friends of the Bonita Bay Bible Study Group have created a 250-page cookbook, Bouquet of Hope, to raise funds to support Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs.

Dedicated to long-time Hope volunteer and visionary of Joanne’s House, Donna Roberts, the cookbook combines family recipes with inspirational scriptures.

 “We chose scriptures with the word hope, as well as plants or flowers mentioned in the Bible that are often edible, such as the mustard seed or grapes,” said Dee McClay, one of the 100 women who were part of the cookbook effort.

This second-edition cookbook features 30 additional pages of ideas and hundreds of kitchen-tested recipes ranging from appetizers, salads, all types of meat, desserts, breads and breakfasts.

“We even tried to incorporate gluten-free recipes,” McClay said. “The first edition, ‘Let the Butter Fly,’ was published several years ago and was quite successful,” said McClay. “When it came time to produce the second edition, it was a natural choice for us to select Joanne’s House as the beneficiary. Many of the women in our bible study have experienced hospice through close friends and have seen first-hand the care and support it provides to families and their loved ones.”

Hope Hospice Houses, located throughout Lee County, provide quality care while offering patients a homelike environment to make their hospice experience comforting.

Bouquet of Hope cookbooks are $25 and can be purchased online at

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hope recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly company

Hope HealthCare Services has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a gold-level Fit-Friendly company, becoming one of the few hospice organizations in the country to receive the distinction.

To be considered for the designation, worksites must fulfill criteria such as offering employees physical activity support, providing options for healthy eating at work, and promoting a wellness culture.

“We help to build awareness among our family caregivers and our staff that it’s important to take care of yourself in order to provide the best care for others,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope. “By living well, our team can continue to perform exceptionally and better serve those in our care. We focus on ways to foster an overall sense of wellness in the workplace.”

Hope’s efforts to promote employee health and fitness include a program with walking routes at each office location; visible reminders to use stairs rather than elevators; weekly e-mail messages about nutrition and exercise; discounts at local gyms, and healthy snacks in vending machines.

According to Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, worksite wellness programs are a proven strategy to prevent major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Wellness programs also help to increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover rates and reduce health care costs.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Samira K. Beckwith contributes to World Health Organization Global Atlas

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, contributed to the “Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life,” published in January by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA).

The Global Atlas also features the community-based palliative care programs of Hope HealthCare Services under the title, “Sharing Hope with the Community.”

Beckwith assisted in developing the extensive report, which for the first time maps the unmet psychosocial and emotional needs of patients with serious advanced illnesses, as well as the family members who provide care to loved ones.

“It’s so important for those of us with extensive experience in palliative care to share our insights as well as our best practices,” said Beckwith. “Palliative care helps improve the quality of life of those who are impacted by serious illness, yet too often, the services aren't made available to patients and their families.”

In fact, the “Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life” reports that only one in 10 people who need palliative care – defined as medical care designed to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness - are receiving it.

“Through education, I believe we can transform the way palliative care is incorporated into the health care delivery model,” Beckwith said. “Relieving chronic pain for individuals is nothing short of life-changing.”

The Atlas can be downloaded at

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hope HealthCare Services offers enhanced family communication through CareFlash

Hope announces its partnership with CareFlash, a website providing easy and accessible communication aides for patients and families through “CareCommunities.” This private, invitation-only service allows friends and families to stay connected and receive ongoing updates about a loved one.

“Each CareCommunity enables friends and family members to share their hospice experience, privately and at their own pace,” said Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “These online tools allow families to focus more time and energy on their loved one by simplifying the process of group communication.”

CareCommunity features include an iHelp interactive calendar, social storytelling, private blogs and photo sharing, which are all available directly from the CareFlash site. After a simple sign-up process, families can create their own personalized community and invite others to join.

“I came up with the idea of CareCommunities in 2006 after a personal loss,” said CareFlash CEO Jay Drayer. “I believe that a family-driven approach to sharing health information provides comfort and peace of mind for everyone involved.”

“We’re proud to partner with Hope on this unique endeavor. They distinguish themselves by providing exceptional care, going above and beyond to provide the best possible experience for their patients and families,” added Drayer.

Start Your Own Hope Care Community Now
or download additional instructions for further help

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kelly Greens Golf & Tennis Classic to Benefit Hope Hospice

Kelly Greens Golf & Tennis Classic
Saturday, March 1, 2014  starting at 1:15 p.m.
All proceeds benefit Hope Hospice

Play in the Golf Tournament
$135 per player includes golf, cart, 2 mulligans, gourmet awards dinner, and eligibility for prizes.
Registration forms are available in the Kelly Greens Pro Shop and Administration Office.

Contribute a Chinese Auction Item
E-mail Rose Kelly to donate.

Buy tickets for the Chinese Auction or Cash Drawing
Tickets will be on sale, and auction items will be displayed in the Kelly Greens Lobby starting February 26.

Be a Tournament Sponsor
Title Sponsor $500: logo sign at selected hole
Course Event Sponsor $250: logo sign at the course event site
Tee or Green Sponsor $150: logo sign at a tee or green
Supporting Sponsor $50
Potential sponsors should call Sue Bonn at (239) 454-7367.

Tournament Chairs
Red Crandall - Ram Crandall - Paul Kelly - Rose Kelly
Please call Red at (239) 565-1031 with any questions.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Local Book Signing to Benefit Hope Hospice

Award-winning journalist and essayist, Artis Henderson, will appear at the Barnes & Noble for a reading and book signing of her powerful memoir “Unremarried Widow.”

Henderson participated in Hope’s grief counseling and support groups after the death of her young military husband. She credits Hope for helping her through the grieving process.

From the New York Times Sunday Book Review: 
The narrative unfurls into a powerful look at mourning as a military wife. Henderson documents her loss in unsparing detail, from the investigation into the fatal helicopter crash to the funeral to the distinctive, sometimes contentious, bonds that form between bereaved spouses. In a heartbreaking bit of symmetry, Henderson lost her own father at 5 years old when a flight they took together crashed. Her husband’s death provides her with a new lens through which to view her mother, with whom she now shares the fate of young widowhood. 

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Reader’s Digest and local Southwest Florida publication, Florida Weekly.

Event Details
Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. 
Barnes & Noble in South Fort Myers (Corner of Daniels Parkway and U.S. 41) 
Proceeds from the event will benefit Hope.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Samira K. Beckwith named first Person of the Year by ‘Lee Pitts Live’

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, was named the first Person of the Year by Lee Pitts, host and executive producer of the award-winning “Lee Pitts Live,” the longest-running local television talk show in Southwest Florida.

 Beckwith’s recognition is the first Person of the Year designation awarded in the show’s 20-year history. Viewers can watch Pitts present the award to Beckwith during the show’s broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 8:30 a.m. on Fox 4.

 “In selecting our first Lee Pitts Live Person of the Year for 2013, we wanted to make sure that the person we selected set the standard for years to come,” said Pitts. “Samira was an easy and clear choice for the award because of her many accomplishments in leading Hope HealthCare Services, as well as her national leadership in the hospice field. I am honored to have Samira carry this new torch.”

Beckwith didn't know about the award when she appeared in the studio to tape the program with Pitts in mid-December.

“I couldn't have been more surprised, or feel more honored, to be recognized as Lee’s first Person of the Year,” said Beckwith. “It is truly a privilege to serve this community and to participate in the national conversation about health care and hospice. I am fortunate to lead the team of exceptional, dedicated caregivers at Hope who make a meaningful difference every day for individuals in our care and their families.”

Beckwith took the helm at Hope more than 20 years ago, expanding the organization’s base from serving fewer than 100 individuals a day in Fort Myers to a comprehensive health care organization caring for nearly 2,000 individuals daily. Hope now spans six counties with four state-of-the-art hospice houses, 1,100 employees, 1,200 volunteers, a dozen offices, and three Hope Care Centers where seniors can go during the day for activities, meals, care and companionship.

Beckwith serves on the boards of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, National PACE Association, National Hospice Foundation, and Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association. She is vice chair of the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship and is the founding president of the Florida PACE Association. Beckwith served as a state delegate to the White House Conference on Aging and was a governor’s appointee to the Long-Term Care Policy Advisory Council for Florida.

Previously, Beckwith has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America, and The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s Alumni Medalist Award, the organization’s highest honor.

PEACE AT LAST: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and their Families

Presented by Deborah Grassman
An author, educator and retired nurse practitioner with nearly three decades experience caring for dying veterans at the Bay Pines VA in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch & Lecture

The Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord
8121 Cypress Lake Road Fort Myers, FL 33919 

Certificate of Attendance* $10
Contact Hours* $15

* For certificates of attendance or completion, you may pay at the door or send a check to 21st Century C.A.R.E. at 2234 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33907

You will learn:
  • How stoicism, combat and guilt affect peace at end-of-life 
  • How to identify forgiveness issues that surface with combat veterans 
  • How to help veterans articulate and recover from wartime experiences 
  • How to validate the contributions made by women veterans

Seating is limited. RSVP before January 8 by calling (239) 938-9301.