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.