Friday, July 12, 2019
Babcock Ranch is the title “Starlight” sponsor for Shine, the inaugural signature benefit for Hope Kids Care. Hosted by event chairs State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto and attorney Jenna Persons, Shine will be held on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. at the historic Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. The elegant evening includes cocktails, dinner, music, entertainment and a “Fund-A-Need” Live Auction to support the essential services of Hope Kids Care.
Additional Shine sponsors include Millennium Physician Group, Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, Priority Marketing, DeAngelis Diamond and OFDC Commercial Interiors. Sponsorships are still available, and commitments secured through July 25 will receive the greatest opportunity for promotion. To learn more about securing a sponsorship to give hope and help kids, call 239-482-4672 or visit donate.hopehcs.org/shinesponsors.
To reserve your tickets to attend Shine, visit donate.hopehcs.org/shine.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Beckwith named among Top 100 Graduates of the Century by the Ohio State University's College of Social Work
Beckwith, who earned a master’s degree from OSU in 1977, has led Hope Healthcare for 28 years. She said the opportunity to serve in the hospice field is her greatest accomplishment.
“Being at the bedside shows you that every moment is special and important,” said Beckwith. “I've had the wonderful opportunity to make a difference for people.”
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
|SHINE Committee 2019|
Hope Healthcare invites Southwest Floridians with a passion for supporting children and families to attend Shine, its inaugural signature benefit for Hope Kids Care on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. at the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Shine will feature an elegant evening to include cocktails, dinner, music, entertainment, and a “Fund-A-Need” Live Auction to support the essential services of Hope Kids Care. State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto and attorney Jenna Persons have been named the event co-chairs, and committee members include Stacey Adams, Rebekah MacFarlane Barney, Noelle Branning, BJ Brundage, Rachel Busch, Lillian Canfield, Laurie Moore, Vanessa Pena and Amy Thibaut. Reservations are limited and tickets may be purchased at Donate.HopeHCS.org/SHINE.
A service of Hope Healthcare, Hope Kids Care provides no-cost care to families in need, offering one-on-one children’s counseling including art and music therapy, and Rainbow Trails bereavement camp; medical care including palliative and respite care; and support including caregiver education, social services, volunteer support and Hopeful Wishes to meet other family needs.
“For most families, childhood is a time of growth, development and good health. But for children living with chronic illness or serious medical conditions, there is Hope Kids Care,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “While the program has served children for more than 30 years, there is a vital need to fundraise right now. Decreased care reimbursements and increased regulations have impacted funding and the organization needs community support to ensure that Hope Kids Care continues to serve families in need.”
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Samira K. Beckwith with Board of Trustees Chair Thomas A. “Gus” Arendale III and President James F. Mellichamp of Piedmont College
Monday, May 13, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
As Erica began spending more time in bed, her senses became increasingly important to her. She worried that she wouldn’t be able to learn to play the piano, which had been something she’d looked forward to for a long time. Fortunately, Hope’s music therapist was able to bring her a piano that could go across her lap and marked all the keys with different colors. In her excitement to learn, Erica quickly mastered multiple songs!
Erica blurted out, “Purple is my favorite!” as soon as she saw her new glasses and was overjoyed to put them on. She started joking about how clearly she could see everybody in the room. Her family decided to celebrate by going to the movies to see Mary Poppins Returns.
Although she certainly has a tough road ahead, Erica’s happy spirit, huge smile, and constant laughter inspire us every day.
If you want to help others like Erica, please consider making a gift to Hope Kids Care. With your support, we can provide comforting care for children with complex medical conditions and their families.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Registration is $125 per player. Players will have the chance to sink a hole-on-one on the designated Par 3 to win a 6 day trip for two to the 2020 Masters!
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Hole Sponsor Signs are $250 each; Birdie Sponsors are $1,500, with 14 spots available. Birdie Sponsorships include:
- Large Hole Sponsor sign with two additional tee box signs
- Golf for 4 players, includes food
- 4 raffle tickets
- 4 Par 3 Masters Tickets
- 1 Yard Stick
- Logo on swag items
Proceeds from this golf tournament will benefit Hope Healthcare and the Rotary Trust Fund. To register, contact Anthony Idaspe at 239-220-8477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 22, 2019
Several Walk 4 Hope Trailblazers undertook additional fundraising efforts for Hope’s annual event that was sponsored by Millennium Physician Group and Personal Training by Jeri Ann and supported by Florida Neurology Group and Neurology Specialists.
Friday, April 19, 2019
With his mission in mind, 10 year old Jayden began in earnest. He collected his toys, beanie babies, and bottles of water, making himself a special section along the driveway. He carefully wrote out a sign explaining that proceeds of the sale would benefit Hope Hospice because they cared for his Poppy. Two large photos of his beloved grandfather sat nearby.
Jayden’s story is a reminder that each day is a gift. As Jayden and his Poppy’s time together grew short, the comforting care they received from Hope Hospice allowed them to enjoy very special moments together near the end. Poppy passed away, but the love he shared with his grandson sparked a gift that can help other families who are also in need of compassionate end of life care.
It is humbling to witness a generous spirit in someone as young as Jayden. We hope that his enthusiasm for giving will now inspire others to support the mission of Hope Hospice.
Please make a gift of $65 today in honor of Jayden. Just as his love for his grandfather will have no end, Hope Hospice will continue helping families in need, so that they too will celebrate each day as a gift.
Give online at Donate.HopeHCS.org/Jayden
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Event chairs Barbara Caccese, Etta Smith and Signe Wynne, along with event committee members, coordinated the event for more than 250 guests. ABC7 morning anchor Jen Stacy emceed the afternoon, which featured boutique shopping, raffle prizes, silent auction and a fashion show presented by Chico’s and Soma.
Monday, April 15, 2019
As her cancer progressed, Chelsea enrolled in Hope Palliative Care to help manage her pain and symptoms. When the focus of her care shifted to comfort, she entered hospice care and was admitted to the Hope Care Center at HealthPark, where she passed away. She was only 26 years old.
Chelsea’s mother, Patti, was by her side throughout the ordeal. To this day, she remembers the nurses, doctors, social workers, and others who helped the entire family through the end of life journey, including Chelsea’s young sisters Taylor and Delaney.
After witnessing the loving, supportive care that Hope Hospice provided, Patti was inspired to pursue her Master’s degree in social work, so that she could someday join the team herself, to give back to the organization that provided comfort and compassion during the most difficult weeks of her life.
In December 2018, Patti got engaged to Iain, her partner of eight years, who had been a second dad to Chelsea. As they planned their wedding, they knew that Chelsea would be at the heart of their celebration. Every detail was infused with her spirit. The wedding date was set for March 2, 2019, which would have been her 31st birthday. Patti visited her dedication stone in Hope’s Tribute Garden, and Chelsea’s best friend Hillary recited her favorite poem during the ceremony.
Patti and Iain also asked their guests to make a donation to Hope in Chelsea’s memory, in lieu of wedding gifts. Hope’s development department designed a custom webpage, which included Chelsea’s photo and a special donation form. Patti was alerted as soon as anyone made a gift, and she and Iain sent personal messages of gratitude.
Chelsea’s life was filled with love, friendship, laughter, and a spirit of generosity that knew no bounds. By celebrating her life, Patti and Iain’s friends, family, and loved ones were able to give back in a way that Chelsea herself would have loved. The circle of giving was made complete, and the life of a beautiful young woman would never be forgotten by the hundreds of people who loved her most.
Chelsea’s family and loved ones gave back to Hope after a loss that was more difficult than most of us could imagine. By sharing this intimate portrait of their love and loss, they hope to inspire others to give back in a similar way. Whether the milestone celebration is a birthday, anniversary, family reunion, or cherished holiday, it can also be a time to honor the memories of those who are closest to our hearts. A gift to Hope offers unparalleled comfort and support - when it’s needed most. To set up a custom donation page for your own event or occasion, contact Hope Hospice at 239-985-7730 or email@HopeHCS.org.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
The conference features expert presentations on topics including medical cannabis; donating your body for medical research; diversity and culturally sensitive care; alcohol-related dementia; obesity and its impact on aging; and intergenerational community engagement.
Program materials, buffet lunch and beverages are included in registration fee: $85 for licensed professionals and $70 for United Way Partner Agencies, including six continuing education credits; $50 for caregivers, students and the public.
The Southwest Florida Conference on Aging is sponsored by Elder Care Attorney Beth A. Prather and hosted by Hope Healthcare, in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University, Senior Care Choices at Lee Health, Lighthouse of Southwest Florida, and United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties.
Space is limited. To register online or to print the registration form, visit donate.hopehcs.org/COA19
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
We recently had the pleasure of arranging a weekend visit at the Hope Care Center in Lehigh Acres for two sweet little boys, Timothy and Logan. They both love music, so the Dixieland Band came by to give them a special performance. The brothers were delighted with the show, and Logan even danced to the music in his wheelchair.
This weekend of respite was arranged to allow the boys’ mother to attend her college graduation in Tampa. Despite the challenges of caring for her special needs children, she was able to earn a degree in medical billing and coding.
From Friday to Sunday afternoon, a devoted group of volunteers worked around the clock in shifts to make sure the boys were never unattended during their 50 hour stay:
- Linda Chancellor and Annette Polletta – 2 hours each
- Zory Vazquez and Sue Beard – 3 hours each
- Alyce Joyce – 5 hours
- Faith Powell – 6 hours
- Shelly Goldenberg – 11 hours, with an overnight stay
- Darlean Johnson – 25 hours, including time early Friday morning to decorate their room!
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
According to the Foundation, 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the United States. By 2040, Medicare is expected to include 80 million enrollees. “Aging America” examines ways that mental health professionals, healthcare providers, and the wider community can support the growing number of aging Americans as they experience loss and grief.
In the chapter, “The Hospice Connection: Helping Elders Access Hospice Care,” Beckwith dispels hospice myths, shares facts, and addresses the importance of open communication between patients, their loved ones, and their doctors.
“Families and physicians must understand that hospice is for the last phase, not the last days, of life,” said Beckwith. “Seeking hospice does not mean giving up. Hospice care was intended for a longer period of time in order to provide the utmost relief from pain and suffering and to deliver longer-term clinical and practical benefits, such as counseling and spiritual care.”
Monday, March 18, 2019
ENS is the largest network of its kind in Florida, connecting over 225 hospitals, 25 ACOs, 15 health insurance companies, and thousands of physicians and health care professionals statewide. Connecting to ENS allows hospice and palliative care providers to know in real-time when one of their patients is receiving emergency or inpatient care at a participating hospital. ENS allows hospice and palliative care providers to work with an admitting hospital on a patient’s care plan, help patients avoid unnecessary or unwanted care, and assist with the transition home or to post-acute care upon discharge. ENS also enables hospice providers to notify other network participants when shared patients have begun hospice care.
Dr. Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare, said “We are proud to work with the Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE) to ensure timely, coordinated, compassionate care for people living with serious illness. The Encounter Notification Service helps Hope deliver the right care at the right time. The Florida HIE and Acclivity Health have made it easier to receive and respond to vital health data for the benefit of our patients.”
The vendor for the Florida Health Information Exchange, Audacious Inquiry (Ai), also supports the coordination of patient hospice and palliative care through their strategic partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). This partnership aims to improve care quality by increasing connectivity, expanding access to care, and promoting advocacy efforts across the hospice and palliative care communities.
Acclivity Health, which offers connected care solutions to physician practices, ACOs, and hospice providers, has been instrumental in connecting hospice and palliative care providers to ENS in Florida.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
On Wednesday, Florida TaxWatch released a report showing that increased access to palliative care is a boost to patients while cutting healthcare costs.
Samira Beckwith, the president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, is the chairwoman of the Florida TaxWatch Center for Health and Aging.
“Expanding community-based palliative care could improve quality of life for patients and reduce healthcare spending for Floridians,” said Beckwith. “Palliative care cannot and should not replace hospice care and should not delay the provision of hospice care for eligible and appropriate terminally ill patients, but palliative care can serve both to provide services for those patients with chronic but not terminal conditions and serve a patient’s needs until hospice care is appropriate. The ideal interaction between palliative care and hospice is a seamless transition from palliative to hospice services.”
“Based on our research, it is clear that palliative care warrants special attention as a distinct and promising healthcare service,” said Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic Calabro. “With nearly one-half of American adults living with at least one serious condition or chronic illness, state policymakers should have a full understanding of how this could benefit all Floridians and take the expansion of palliative care under strong consideration.”
“The Legislature must develop a regulatory framework for palliative care,” Florida TaxWatch insisted. “For the state to realize the cost-savings benefits of palliative care, the payment/reimbursement system must be addressed. To ensure the financial stability of palliative care providers, a system of care reimbursement that can be used by public and private payors must be developed, along with a definition of the services that constitute palliative care.
“Additionally, the Legislature should invest in programs that increase training opportunities to address workforce shortages. Like with many areas in healthcare and long-term care, workforce shortages are a major barrier to expansion of palliative care. To address this issue, the Legislature should fund increased palliative medicine fellowships, provide incentives for palliative care fellows to remain in Florida, invest in expanding training programs for nurses, and fund internship opportunities.”
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Friends of Hope hosted a “Denim and Diamonds” benefit at Bonita Bay Club, raising $150,000 for Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs.
Committee members Barbara Caccese, Joyce Kozlowski, Claire McMahon, Patt Suwyn, Adele Waddell and Carol Wood coordinated the evening, which included dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions featuring wine, dining, jewelry and unique travel opportunities to Italy and Costa Rica.
The evening was sponsored by Brown and Brown/Florida Blue, Crowther Roofing and Sheet Metal of Florida, Louis and Najla Lafaif Foundation, Berneda Meeks, McGriff Insurance Services, Northern Trust, Medline, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wynne, and TWC Services.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Over the weekend, Rainbow Trails campers will participate in recreation, crafts, swimming and singing, along with activities to support the grieving process, teach skills to cope with loss, and memorialize their loved one.
“People of all ages experience loss and express grief in different ways,” said Samira K. Beckwith, Hope Healthcare president and CEO. “We created the Rainbow Trails Camp 30 years ago because we wanted to have a special place for children to interact with others who understand their loss.”
Rainbow Trails Camp is led by experienced Hope counselors, art and music therapists and is supported by community volunteers.
There is no charge for the camp, and Hope will host an orientation for parents and guardians. Children will be picked up by bus from Hope’s Fort Myers campus on Friday and will return Sunday afternoon.
To learn more about Rainbow Trails Camp or to register a camper, visit https://www.hopehcs.org/rainbowtrailscamp
Thursday, January 31, 2019
After earning his PhD in Applied Physics, Frank began a 30-year career at Eastman Kodak Company where he directed highly classified government projects. His own family didn’t know the exact nature of his work; he was only able to tell them it related to the defense of our country. Frank retired from Kodak in June 1981.
It wasn’t until 2011 that the U.S. government declassified the assignment – code named Gambit – that had been at the heart of Frank’s career.
A few months after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Frank was asked to lead the design, manufacture, and deployment of America's first high resolution cameras in space. Photographs generated by these spy satellites provided unprecedented intelligence on the Soviet Bloc, which was essential to the United States’ arms monitoring initiatives and international policy decisions.
Regarding Gambit, Lyndon Johnson said, “We've spent $35 or $40 billion on the space program. And if nothing else had come out of it except the knowledge that we gained from space photography, it would be worth ten times what the whole program has cost.”
In a private message about the individuals responsible for Gambit, Ronald Reagan noted, “National security interests prohibit me from rewarding you with public recognition which you so richly deserve. However, rest assured that your accomplishments and contributions are well known and appreciated at the highest levels of our nation's government.”
The capabilities of the last generation of cameras developed under Frank’s direction remain classified even today.
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|Hope Honor Guard ceremony on January 29, 2019 with Patch Wihnyk, Marcia Jones, Jean and Yale Kanter, and Ken Navarre|
Friday, January 25, 2019
The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with an optional pre-event lecture presented by ACADIA Pharmaceuticals. Neurologist and movement disorder specialist Dr. Arif Dalvi from the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute will discuss “Common Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.”
The Symposium begins at 11 am. and will feature James Lubanovich from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, presenting “What’s New in Parkinson’s Research.”
Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist Dr. Amanda Avila will discuss “Parkinson’s Below the Belt.”
The event concludes with an inspirational message to make “Every Victory Count” from Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassador Edie Anderson.
Symposium registration and exhibits from presenting sponsor ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, supporting sponsors Medtronic and US WorldMeds, along with the Davis Phinney Foundation, Lee Health Rehabilitation Services, Osterhout & McKinney, P.A., Seniors Blue Book, GE Healthcare, and Voice Aerobics begin at 9:30 a.m.
Registration is required and includes a deluxe lunch buffet, beverages and dessert.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Hosted by Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, Sonya Sawyer, Lizbeth Benacquisto and Andie Vogt, joined by committee members Pam Cronin, Deanna Hansen, Cathy Snyder and Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, the event featured tours of 11 luxury yachts up to 101 feet long.
More than 150 guests enjoyed dockside cocktails and tastings from LYNQ, Keylime Bistro, SABORAM WOW and Timbers Restaurant, along with a gourmet dinner, live band and dancing. The evening featured bidding on once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences and VIP trips to Sonoma wine country, Madrid, Tuscany and private cruises, along with a one-of-a-kind jewelry creation from Mark Loren Designs.
Yachts of Hope sponsors include Stilwell Enterprises and Restaurant Group; Youngquist Brothers; Chico’s FAS, Inc.; Mark Loren Designs; Marine Max; Cheney Brothers; Creighton Commercial Development; Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida; Edison National Bank; Home-Tech; Kitson & Partners; William E. Cross Foundation, Inc.; Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A.; DeAngelis Diamond; Florida Community Bank; Private Client Insurance Services; Owen-Ames-Kimball Company; Chris-Tel Construction; and Comcast.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Eleven Gulf Harbour residences – each with a unique holiday décor theme and refreshments – were open to more than 500 guests for touring throughout the evening.