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.