Monday, December 17, 2018

Beckwith named to DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness

Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith has been named to the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness by Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lt. Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez.

Beckwith will serve alongside 50 health care experts from a variety of medical fields on the committee that will be co-chaired by Nunez and Alan Levine, the former secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

“It’s a privilege to work with Governor DeSantis and this group of knowledgeable leaders to help set the course for Florida’s future in health care,” said Beckwith. “The transition team’s focus aligns with Hope’s vision of transforming the experiences of illness, aging and dying for all Floridians,” said Beckwith.

Read More in the Cape Coral Daily News

Friday, December 7, 2018

Newest Hope Chest Resale Store Opens in Fort Myers

Friends of Hope Healthcare and members of the local Fort Myers business community gathered to celebrate the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the newest Hope Chest resale store in Fort Myers.

The new Hope Chest store is located at 14540 S. Tamiami Trail in South Fort Myers, just north of Gladiolus Drive.

Honor a Loved One with Hope Hospice’s Tree of Lights

Hope Hospice’s Tree of Lights tradition offers a way to commemorate loved ones while providing essential funds for those in need of hospice care and bereavement support.

In each Hope Care Center, a Tree of Lights will be adorned with white paper butterflies designated “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one by $30 donors. Along with having a butterfly placed on the tree of their choice, $60 donors will also receive a keepsake metal ornament engraved with the Hope Hospice logo.

In addition, with a gift of $300, a dedication stone will be engraved with the donor’s personal message and placed in one of Hope’s Tribute Gardens.

To learn more or make a donation, visit

Friday, November 30, 2018

Local War Hero Honored by Hope

Hope Honor Guard volunteers Bob Johnson and Leonard Molik were able to provide a recognition ceremony on short notice for a decorated hero of World War II. Roy Leo's career in the military spanned 37 years, and the Cape Coral Military Museum has a wall dedicated to him, along with his flight suit on display (read more here).

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Coping with Grief During the Holidays: A Three-Part Series

Discover the tools and support you need to cope with the holiday season after the loss of a loved one. All adults 18 years and older are welcome to join. There is no charge to attend these professionally-led sessions.

November 15, 29 & December 6
Thursdays, from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
HealthPark Administrative Office: Room A
9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers FL 33908

Pre-registration is required. Send an email or call (239) 985-7716.

Golf Fore Hope raises nearly $7,500 for Hope Parkinson Program

More than 100 golfers raised nearly $7,500 at Golf Fore Hope, a golf tournament to benefit the Hope Parkinson Program at The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing in North Fort Myers.

Led by the tournament committee of Martin Haas, Dino and Ann DeGrande, Alita Parody and Aaron Sustad, the scramble format tournament included a 50/50 auction, mulligan sales and an awards luncheon. Golf Fore Hope was sponsored by Entech Business IT Solutions.

Beth Prather, William Bruce, Pam & Rick Moulton

Dino DeGrande, Alita Parody, Martin Haas
Sam Spanier, Jack Wolf, Mike Knox, Martin Haas

Avow and Hope CEO's Encourage People to Get Help Sooner

Jaysen Roa, president and CEO of Avow Hospice, and Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, wrote an opinion piece regarding the importance of the Medicare Hospice Benefit as part of outreach efforts during National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Read the full piece in Naples Daily News:

Allyn International Donates to Hope's Rainbow Trails Camp

Each quarter at Allyn International, an employee volunteers to raise funds for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. Employee Danielle Brazil-Hudson chose to benefit Hope’s Rainbow Trail Bereavement Camp for the third quarter of 2018.

Rainbow Trail Bereavement Camp is a designed to help children grieve the loss of their loved ones by providing new friendships, fun activities and specialized counseling with Hope professionals.

Brazil-Hudson raised a total of $1,736.50 through various employee events, including Taco Trivia, Allyn Camp Day and a Super Bowl themed dress-down day, from July through September. She also worked with a member of her team, Harmony Lange, a professional harpist, to put together a “Christmas in July” harp concert. While there, attendees were able to place an additional donation for baked goods that Brazil-Hudson and other team members crafted.

Allyn matched the amount Brazil-Hudson raised for a total donation of $3,473.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

RN Open House at Hope Healthcare

Registered Nurses have two opportunities to attend an Open House Hiring Event at Hope Healthcare’s HealthPark office at 9470 HealthPark Circle in Fort Myers for full- and part-time positions.

Open Houses are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Applicants are asked to call 239-322-5320 to reserve an interview time and to visit to complete an online application before their interview.

No resume is required if the online application is submitted. Walk-ins may be scheduled for interviews on a future date.

In addition to competitive salaries, Hope provides a comprehensive benefits package including educational assistance, generous paid time off, and a choice of three medical plans.

Hope Healthcare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability. Should you need assistance or an accommodation in using our on-line application system, please call the Human Resources Department at 239-322-5320.

Lexington Country Club’s Annual Italian Open Raises $53,000 for Hope Hospice

Lexington Country Club members raised $53,000 at their seventh annual Italian Open golf tournament for Hope Hospice – and pushed the total donations over the history of the event past the $150,000 mark.

The event committee of Jerry Curcuru, Greg Salvia, Phil Bommarito and John Sackie coordinated the Oct. 11 event for nearly 300 club members who enjoyed golf foursomes in the morning and afternoon, followed by an Italian-themed dinner with a silent auction, prizes and golf awards.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Ninth Annual Donation Drive at Evelyn & Arthur to Benefit Hope Chest at The Crossings

In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Evelyn & Arthur at The Promenade at Bonita Bay will continue their tradition of offering shoppers a special discount on an in-store purchase from Thursday, November 1 through Saturday, November 17 if they bring in a gently used item of clothing, an accessory, or a pair of shoes for donation.

Shoppers will receive a 20% coupon for any one regular price item of $75 or more. One discount coupon is offered per donation, not item.

Throughout the drive, Evelyn & Arthur is also selling blue pashminas for $28, with all proceeds benefiting Hope.

Evelyn & Arthur, who has partnered with Hope since 2008, collects the donated apparel for Hope Chest at The Crossings, the resale store for Hope Hospice.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Samira K. Beckwith Named Vice Chair of National Partnership for Hospice Innovation

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, has been elected Vice Chair of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, a nationwide partnership of community-based nonprofit, hospice, palliative and advanced illness care providers.

A recognized authority on hospice care, Beckwith was a founding director of NPHI and has been a member of the organization since 2015. Beckwith also represented Hope and NPHI in a September meeting with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to discuss reducing regulatory burdens affecting hospices today.

“Being involved with organizations like NHPI allows us to keep abreast of health care models around the country and share our best practices,” said Beckwith. “It supports Hope’s mission of elevating the quality of life for those who need hope most and ensures we are giving the best comfort and care possible throughout Southwest Florida,” Beckwith said.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Hope Connections Volunteers Honored at State Conference

Hope Connections volunteer Mary Bartoshuk, who also serves on the advisory committee for the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, was honored at the 2018 Florida Conference on Aging in Tampa with two awards recognizing her dedication and service to the senior community.

Bartoshuk received the 2018 FPL Quality Senior Living Award for Public Service, sponsored by Florida Power & Light and Florida Council on Aging. She was also named the AARP Florida Coast to Coast recipient of the 2018 Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus Community Trailblazer Award, given in recognition of AARP’s 60th anniversary. The AARP Trailblazer Award celebrates an individual who has made significant contributions through his or her involvement in community volunteer activities.

Superintendent of Glades County School District Scott Bass and Moore Haven Middle-High School Counselor Shannon Bass also attended with students Stephanie Standard, Javier Cardona, Austin Lee and Jacey Ridgedill, who were recognized with the Service to Seniors by an Organization Award. Matt Hudson of Hope Healthcare nominated the Glades County students for their service to Hope Connections.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Community Event for National Fall Prevention Month

Hope Parkinson Program is hosting a special community education event for National Fall Prevention Month on Friday, Sept. 7 in the Hope Healthcare Cape Community Room at 2430 Diplomat Parkway East in Cape Coral at 1 p.m.

 Guest speaker Leslie Strubbe, a physical therapist from Hope Visiting Nurses, will discuss valuable tips and tricks to help lower the risk of falling. The event will also include a Tai Chi demonstration by Hope’s “Tai Chi for Better Balance” class participants. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; please call 239-985-7727 to RSVP.

 Hope Heathcare recognizes the importance of fall prevention all year long by offering Tai Chi classes to the community through the Hope Parkinson Program. People over 60 years of age who would like to work on their balance are invited to attend Hope Parkinson Program’s weekly Tai Chi open practice classes held Mondays at 3 p.m. in Hope Cape Community Room and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. in the Hope HealthPark Community Room at 9470 HealthPark Circle in Fort Myers. There is no cost to attend, and no RSVP is required.

See video from a previous Tai Chi class.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hope Hospice Expands Doula Services

For nearly 40 years, Hope staff and volunteers have served as doulas to support people throughout their end-of-life journey. Now, as this role becomes more recognized, Hope’s doula program has significantly expanded in size and scope to offer even more support to families during the final days and hours of life.

More than 30 Hope volunteers have completed a specialized hospice doula educational program, where they learned about creating and maintaining a sacred space by using sound, touch, color, and other sensory experiences to alleviate pain and anxiety. Doulas can also offer legacy projects that serve as emotional touchstones and family keepsakes.

“Much in the same way a doula helps a new mother navigate childbirth, end-of-life doulas help enhance Hope’s holistic, personalized approach by facilitating a gentle, tranquil, and meaningful passing whether in a Hope Care Center, the hospital, or home,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith.

Hope Hospice honors each person’s beliefs about life, death or the afterlife. Doulas are non-denominational and work with all faith traditions, as well as with those who are not religious.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization recognizes the value of end-of-life doulas, who enrich the experience for patients, family members and friends and strengthen the relationship between medical and nonmedical end-of-life support.

Upcoming doula education series:
Mondays, October 8, 15, and 22
HealthPark Office, Fort Myers
Each class is held from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Current Hope volunteers are welcome to sign up

Monday, August 13, 2018

Board of Directors Announces Shaffer as New Board Member

Hope Healthcare’s board of directors has announced Lori Shaffer, senior vice president at Chico’s FAS, as a new board member.

Shaffer joined the company in 1998 and has held numerous leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including director of merchandising and vice president controller. In 2008, she assumed responsibility for the Chico’s FAS outlet business and has been instrumental in driving growth of that division.

“Lori’s expertise is a great complement to our board,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “We welcome her insights as we remain dedicated to serving the most vulnerable in our community despite decreasing reimbursement and increasing needs.”

Board members serve three-year terms and contribute their expertise, time, talent and resources to advancing Hope’s mission of providing exceptional care and support to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Training Aims to Make Lee County Businesses Dementia-Caring

In an effort to make Lee County a dementia-caring community, local stakeholders have partnered with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI).

Currently, there are more than 21,000 estimated cases of Alzheimer’s disease in Lee County. While Alzheimer’s and related dementias can have profound effects on those living with the disease and their caregivers, it shouldn't limit them from enjoying many activities within the community.

The DCCI task force is providing a free educational module on dementia sensitivity for local businesses and organizations. Participants will gain a better understanding of dementia, learn how to provide a welcoming, respectful environment, and discover local resources to assist those living with the disease - as well as their caregivers and family members.

Partner organizations of the DCCI task force include Lee Health, the Area Agency on Aging, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Alzheimer’s Association, Hope Healthcare, the Department of Elder Affairs, the City of Fort Myers, Right at Home, and Florida Gulf Coast University.

For more information on the free educational module on dementia sensitivity, please contact Christine Didion at

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

‘An Evening with Kevin Nealon’ comedy benefit raises $50,000 for Hope Hospice

Beloved comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni Kevin Nealon entertained nearly 500 Hope supporters with a standup performance and raised $50,000 for Hope Hospice at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre earlier this month.

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, said that Nealon has been a longtime friend of Hope Hospice.

“We are truly grateful for Kevin’s time and talent and for our generous sponsors,” said Beckwith. “With changes in health care regulations and reimbursement, we rely on community support to continue serving those in our community who need Hope most.”

Event sponsors included Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre; Chippendale Audiology; Studio Plus; Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida; Apothecary Specialists, Luis E. Insignares, Attorneys at Law; WINK 96.9 FM; WXNX FM 93X; WINK TV; Traders; Conric PR & Marketing; Kearns Restaurant Group; Estero Bay Chevrolet; and Northwestern Mutual.

An Evening with Kevin Nealon

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“An Evening with Kevin Nealon” Comedy Benefit

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents “An Evening with Kevin Nealon,” a comedy benefit for Hope Hospice Tuesday, June 5 at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

A beloved comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni, Nealon will entertain Hope supporters with a family-friendly standup performance. With Nealon’s generosity and the support of Broadway Palm and the community, 100 percent of the event proceeds will benefit Hope Hospice.

“My first experience with Hope was about 20 years ago when my grandmother was cared for in Fort Myers. I was beyond grateful for the love, compassion and comfort that was shown to her, and to the rest of my family as well,” said Nealon. “Doctors, nurses, support staff, and volunteers all brought comfort to my family at a crucial time when we really needed it. I’m honored for this opportunity to support Hope in its mission to help others in Southwest Florida in the same caring, kind and loving way they helped my family.”

Nealon stars in CBS’s “Man with a Plan” and recently starred in “Weeds” on Showtime. He has appeared in several movies, including “Happy Gilmore” and “The Wedding Singer.”

“Kevin has been a longtime friend of Hope Hospice, and we are truly grateful that he will share his time and talent to help people during a most critical time of life,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “With changes in healthcare regulations and reimbursement, we need community support now more than ever to continue the promise of Hope and meet our community’s needs.”

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. show. General admission tickets are $65, and Meet and Greet tickets are available for $150 that include preferred seating and the opportunity to meet Kevin at a private, pre-event reception.

To purchase general admission tickets, visit  or call 239-278-4422. To purchase a Meet and Greet ticket, visit

Sponsors include Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre; Chippendale Audiology; Studio Plus; Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida; WINK 96.9 FM; WXNX FM 93X; Traders; and Luis E. Insignares, Attorneys at Law.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Walk 4 Hope Raises $10,000

To kick off National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, nearly 150 walkers and supporters gathered at Lakes Regional Park for Walk 4 Hope to benefit the Hope Parkinson Program.

“National Parkinson’s Awareness Month is a great opportunity to share how people throughout Southwest Florida are living well with Parkinson’s disease, and we are so grateful to everyone who participated in our Walk 4 Hope,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare.

Walk 4 Hope lead sponsors included Medtronic, Acadia and Millennium Physician Group. Other supporters included Lee Health Rehabilitation Services and BB&T Insurance Services/Oswald Trippe & Company.

Walk 4 Hope

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Luncheon raises nearly $150,000 for Hope Hospice

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee recently hosted its 15th annual Spring Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, raising nearly $150,000 to benefit Hope Hospice.

“The continued support of The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee allows us to fulfill our mission to provide comforting care to all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “We are so grateful for the committee’s dedication, for our sponsors, and for all who made this year’s Spring Luncheon a success.”

Event chairs Barbara Caccese, Etta Smith and Signe Wynne, along with event committee members, coordinated the celebration for more than 275 guests. The afternoon’s events included boutique shopping, raffle prizes, silent auction packages to Costa Rica, San Francisco and Italy’s Amalfi Coast, along with a fashion show featuring spring apparel from Kathryn’s Collection.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. served as presenting sponsor. Event sponsors included Northern Trust, Suncoast Print & Promotions, Inc., Dena’s Secretarial Services, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Kathryn’s Collection, and the Spring Luncheon Committee.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Preparing for Mother's Day after Loss

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s important to remember that it can be a difficult holiday for those who have lost a child. It may be a painful reminder of the sons or daughters who are no longer here to share this special time. How can bereaved mothers cope when other mothers are being celebrated? What can they do when the day itself feels like another blow to their spirits?

Coping strategies can take effort at a time when energy is in short supply, but the following ideas may help grieving mothers and ease their suffering.

  • Decide that Mother’s Day is just another Sunday, and choose not to celebrate. 
  • Or, choose to honor the day by staying in the moment. If negative thoughts arise, try focusing on something else. 
  • During an event hosted by friends or family, remember the option to arrive late or leave early. Step away for quiet moments if needed. 
  • Be gentle, treating yourself with kindness and compassion.
  • Rest, drink plenty of water, and eat something nutritious. Avoid overindulging in alcohol or practicing other potentially unhealthy behaviors. 
  • Practice self-care. Go for a walk, listen to music, or watch a favorite movie.
  • Reach out to trusted loved ones for support.

Your grief journey is yours to navigate. The pain of the loss may be brought into focus on Mother’s Day, but you are not alone.

To attend a support group specifically for bereaved moms, contact Lorrie McCann, LMHC, CT at (239) 985-7716. For other help in dealing with feelings of grief and loss, please contact a Hope bereavement counselor at (239) 482-4673.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kelly Greens raises $43,000 for Hope Hospice

Members of the Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club hosted the 17th annual Golf Classic to benefit Hope Hospice. More than 80 golfers and 150 event supporters enjoyed a golf tournament, scavenger hunt and banquet during the event, which raised $43,000 from a 50-50 raffle and silent and live auctions.

Since the inception of the Kelly Greens tournament, members of the country club have raised nearly $500,000 for Hope Hospice.

John and Judy Dolan served as Golf and Tennis Classic event committee chairs. Event sponsors included Bank of America/Merrill Lynch; Club Care/Pine Straw Inc.; Cintron Landscape Services; Tim Smith Brick Pavers; Build, Inc.; and Charles and Jane Johnson.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Groundbreaking at The Preserve

Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith with Kevin Ahmadi of Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America, the non-profit parent organization of Cape Coral’s Gulf Coast Village, has broken ground on The Preserve, a new state-of-the-art skilled nursing and assisted living residence in Fort Myers. The three-story, 118,000-square-foot facility is currently under construction at the northeast corner of Six Mile Cypress Parkway and Michael G. Rippe Parkway in south Fort Myers.

“With more than 30 senior living and care communities throughout the U.S., Volunteers of America is a well-known leader in senior living, and we’re excited to bring that same level of medical care and compassion into Fort Myers,” said Kevin Ahmadi, regional director of operations for Volunteers of America, the non-profit organization that sponsors The Preserve. “Over the years, we have been working in partnership with local care providers including Lee Health and Hope Healthcare on strategies to meet the growing needs of Lee County’s seniors.”

The Preserve is the first building to break ground at Hope Preserve, a healthcare campus planned to include multiple facilities and organizations dedicated to caring for seniors and for people who are chronically ill.

“While envisioning the ideal Hope Preserve campus, we knew it was important to include partnerships that would complement our mission of improving the quality of life for people who are frail, aging or coping with serious illnesses,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “The Preserve’s groundbreaking marks the first step in addressing our region’s growing need for the comforting care. Hope has provided to the community for nearly 40 years. We are delighted to share in this exciting milestone, and we are eagerly looking forward to celebrating additional site developments in the future.”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

VALOR program recognized by Cape Royal Community Foundation

Hope VALOR, a program of Hope Healthcare, was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Cape Royal Community Foundation.

Hope’s volunteer Honor Guard, a group of U.S. veterans and supporters, conduct special presentations for Hope’s veterans as part of the VALOR program. With family and friends in attendance, veterans are honored with a certificate of appreciation, lapel pin, stuffed bear and a formal military salute.

Staff also collaborate with the Veterans Administration to help make arrangements for replacement medals, military funeral honors, burials in a VA national cemetery, and donations of artifacts to historical societies and museums.

VALOR was among seven nonprofit organizations recognized with 2017 grants from the CRCF.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Annual Hope Parkinson Symposium: Education and Inspiration

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, caregivers and those living with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a morning of education and inspiration at the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium Friday, Feb. 16 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers.

The day kicks off with an optional pre-event session with movement disorder specialist Dr. Ramon Rodriguez, who will discuss Duopa, a gel formation of carbidopa/levodopa from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The Symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Chauncey Spears, neurologist and senior movement disorders fellow at the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, presenting “The Mind, Mood and Memory in Parkinson’s Disease.” John Baumann, an internationally renowned motivational speaker who has PD, will offer tips for living your best life in “Care Partnering through Love and with Hope” together with his wife, Bernadette. Registered nurse, certified personal trainer and functional aging specialist Jeri Ann Lundgren will present “How Fitness Can Improve Functional Abilities and Prevent Falls.” 

The day will conclude with a guest speaker Q&A panel. Symposium pre-event check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.; registration and exhibits begin at 9:30 a.m. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. $25 per person includes a deluxe brunch buffet.

The Symposium’s lead sponsor is Abbvie; sponsors include Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Medtronic, Seniors BlueBook; UD WorldMeds; Brookdale Senior Living Solutions; FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers; LeeHealth; and Osterhout McKinney, P.A. Elder Law Attorneys.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Yachts of Hope Benefit for Hope Hospice Raises More Than $500,000

Yachts of Hope – a fundraiser for Hope Hospice at Gulf Harbor Yacht and Country Club – raised more than $500,000 and marked the start of Hope Hospice’s capital campaign to build a new hospice house and senior care facility at the corner of Six Mile Cypress and Metro Parkway in Fort Myers.

Hosted by Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, Sonya Sawyer and Lizbeth Benacquisto, with committee members Pam Cronin, Deanna Hansen, Andie Vogt and Mary Jo Walker, the event featured tours of 15 luxury yachts and tastings from fine local restaurants and caterers including Cru, LYNQ, Keyline Bistro, SABORAM and Purple Spoon.

Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, live band and dancing along with an exciting live auction with VIP trips to The Masters, EMMY Awards, Paris, London and Italy.

Known as Hope Preserve, the property will feature a state-of-the-art hospice house, community bereavement center, a Parkinson Program Center and Hope PACE Care Center for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

“This care campus will focus on ensuring optimal quality of life for people who are frail and aging, living with serious illness or grieving,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Hope Preserve will allow for the expansion of vital programs and services such as bereavement support for children and adults, Parkinson’s resources and senior care.”

Yachts of Hope presenting sponsor The John E. and Aliese Price Foundation was joined by top sponsors Stilwell Enterprises, Youngquist Brothers, Cypress Cove, Home-Tech and Mark Loren Designs.

Yachts of Hope 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Samira K. Beckwith Elected to NHPCO Board of Directors

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Beckwith also currently serves on the board of directors for the NHPCO Hospice Action Network.

Beckwith has previously served as a NHPCO board officer in the positions of Chair and Treasurer, as well as Chair of the board of directors for the National Hospice Foundation.

NHPCO is the largest membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the U.S. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing the quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

“Serving in a leadership position helps ensure that I can elevate hospice and palliative care for Southwest Floridians,” Beckwith said. “Being involved with organizations like NHPCO helps the development of partnerships and opportunities of the evolving model of health care that directly affects people. It’s all about helping to improve quality of life and access to care for those in need.”

In addition to positions with other national and statewide boards, Beckwith 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, and is the founding president of the Florida PACE Association.