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Samira K. Beckwith Receives International Recognition

with Lifetime Achievement Award


6th Annual Stevie Awards® for Women in Business


(Fort Myers, FL) – Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.  More than 1,100 entries were submitted internationally for consideration in 54 award categories.


The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.


Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” winners were announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City


Beckwith was honored for her lifetime achievements and accomplishments in health care.


As President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, Beckwith is a leader in improving health care on the local, state and national levels. She has served in this position since 1991 and has more than 30 years of health care and hospice experience. Under her leadership, Hope’s services, programs, staff and volunteers have grown and now provide care for more than 2,300 people each day, through Hope Hospice and other comprehensive care programs for people with serious illness in Lee, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte and Collier counties. She has led Hope to receive numerous national awards for quality service and innovation.


Winners were chosen by a panel of business professionals worldwide.


“This is a unique honor for me and for all Hope staff members and volunteers,” Beckwith said. “It recognizes our many years of commitment and dedication as we have worked diligently to meet the healthcare needs of our community. It is a true honor to be recognized for our ongoing efforts.” 


Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and are available at www.stevieawards.com/women


By Elissa Foster.  In 2007, she published a book called "Communicating at the End of Life: Finding Magic in the Mundane." The research was funded by one of the Center's Pilot Grants, and was conducted at LifePath Hospice and Palliative Care. See attached article.


Congratulations to Susan McMillan, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Dr. McMillan's was awarded approximately $2 million over four years NIH grant to study medication-induced constipation in persons with cancer.  Co-investigators are  Dr. Sloan Karver and David Craig from Moffitt.  Start date is Dec 1, 2008.

Kudos to Dr. Virginia Dodd

Dr. Virginia Jones Dodd of the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida and I just received a $90,000 grant entitled "Early Detection of Oral Cancer in a Rural Hispanic Population." This is a Joint Cancer Center Funding Opportunity, Advancing the Partnership, Award designed to get UF and Moffitt working together. The study will be done with migrant farm workers in eastern Hillsborough County and will be conducted during calendar year 2009.


Lakeland Ledger


Hospice Gets National Award

The local Hope group is honored for its quality in palliative care.

By Robin Williams Adams


Published: Friday, November 21, 2008 at 8:20 p.m.

LAKELAND | Hope Hospice and Community Services, a Southwest Florida hospice that expanded into Lakeland two years ago, is one of nine organizations receiving the first national Quality in Palliative Care Leadership awards.

These come from the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, which plans to give them annually to organizations that enhance palliative care by implementing principles supported by the consensus project and by the National Quality Forum.

The consensus project is a task force of the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, a consortium of four national palliative care organizations.

Hope Hospice is one of three Florida groups receiving those awards. The others are Center for Comprehensive Palliative Care in Ocala and Community PedsCare in Jacksonville.

Hope President Samira K. Beckwith said her hospice has a variety of therapies, counseling and support to address each person's needs.

"Our staff is committed to providing care and comfort in a way that is unique to each person we serve," she said in a news release. "This award recognizes that deep commitment and we are honored to be among the first recipients."

Hope Hospice is the newest of three hospices that cover Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. It has about 120 patients in those counties, out of about 1,400 overall in its multi-county area.

In Polk County, Hope Hospice offers a grief support group at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday at its office, 1525 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

The group is open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

Bereavement counselor Fran Gabaldon also does individual grief counseling at the office and home. That's a free community outreach, she said.

For more information, call Hope Hospice at 863-688-4715. Ask for the Lakeland office.

To learn more about the National Consensus Project, go to Web site www.nationalconsensusproject.org.


Hope Cares for Veterans in Special Ways


Hope Hospice is working to raise awareness among veterans and their families about the care available to them.


According to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, more than 50 thousand veterans die each month in the United States, many of them in Florida. “Unfortunately many of them are not getting the care they deserve.  They may be eligible for hospice care and other services without even knowing it,” she said.


The organization has added an information page for veterans to their Web site, to describe the services available and how to access them. It includes a conversation with Pete Drake, who served his country as an AB-3, Third Class Aviation Boatswain Mate in the Navy, stationed on the USS Midway. He is now a Hope Hospice patient.


The site is located at www.hopehospice.org


“America’s veterans have earned our gratitude for their service and dedication. It is our honor and privilege to serve them, ensuring that they receive the care and respect that they deserve,” Beckwith added.


Hope serves patients throughout southwest and central Florida, including Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties, with offices in Lakeland and Sebring. Hope is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3)-status Community-Based agency, nationally recognized as a leader in providing high-quality, innovative care.  Licensed by the State of Florida since 1984.


Support Hope as a donor or volunteer by calling 800-835-1673. For more information: www.hopehospice.org


 Congratulations to Elizabeth Bergman

in receiving the Student Paper Award, established in memory of Richard Kalish, at the 28th Annual Association for Death Education & Counseling (ADEC) Conference on March 29th – April 2, 2006 Ms. Bergman received this award for her paper entitled: Breaking down barriers to the hospice care option: Opportunities for education and advocacy."


Hope Is On the Way

She Tells Why SW Fla.'s Nonprofit Hospice Is Important
Fort Myers News-Press
By Tim Engstrom
February 19,2006

Samira Beck with found her life's passion lurking under the mortal threat of cancer. See more...

Congratulatioins to Kathy Egan

for receiving the "Josefina Magno Excellence in Education & Leadership Award".
Capital Hospice, Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA

Ask the Expert

Hospice adapts as needs change

Published February 28, 2006

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Volume 106, Issue 1, Pages 214 - 222
Publ Published Online:
2 Dec 2005
Copyright © 2006 American Cancer Society

Impact of coping skills intervention with family caregivers of hospice patients with cancer A randomized clinical trial

Susan C. McMillian, Ph.D., A.R.N.P. 1 2 * , Brent J. Small, Ph.D. 2 3, Michael Weitzner, M.D. 2 4, Ronald Schonwetter, 2 5, Mary Tittle, Ph.D., A.R.N.P. 2 6, Linda Moddy, Ph.D., A.R.N.P. 1 2, William E. Haley, Ph.D. 2 3

Funded by:
National Cancer Institue
National Institute for Nursing Research; Grant Number: 1 RO1 CA77307

Abstract link: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/abstract/112316984/ABSTRACT

Pdf link to full article: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/112167728/PDFSTART

Coping skills improve caregivers' well being
Reuters, Cancerpage.com, TVNZ - New Zealand

"A short-term intervention provided to caregivers of hospice patients with advanced cancer can improve their quality of life and decrease their sense of burden," study author Dr. Susan C. McMillan, of the University of South Florida in Tampa, told Reuters Health. http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-01-23T200608Z_01_COL372353_RTRUKOC_0_US-COPING-SKILLS.xml&archived=False


A USF study aimed at improving the coping skills of hospice patient caregivers through hospice care nursing interventions finds caregiver quality of life better with interventions. Read more about it...