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12-1-2009 Samira Beckwith

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12-1-2009 Samira Beckwith
Eighteen years ago, Samira Beckwith became executive director of Hope Hospice, a small health care agency operating out of a storefront serving only a handful of patients in Ft. Myers, Florida; and Whereas: Today, Hope Hospice, under Ms. Beckwith’s direction, has grown to an organization that cares for more than a thousand residents any given day and provides support services to their families; and Whereas: Ms. Beckwith’s encounters with fellow patients while undergoing treatment for cancer herself directly influenced her desire to find a way to offer a better life for everyone and a place where dying people would find comfort and dignity; and Whereas: Former Governor Jeb Bush described Ms. Beckwith as “visionary in her role and passionate about ensuring the highest quality of service;” and Whereas: That vision, together with her extraordinary leadership and innovation, has steered Hope Hospice into an agency which provides services extending beyond the patient and family and into the community – services such as Hope Life Care, which offers an alternative to placement in a nursing home facility – and was the first program of its type in the country; Hope Connections, which provides personal care services to frail elderly residents in rural areas; Hope Healing Hearts which offers bereavement counseling; and Rainbow Trails Bereavement Camp which assists children coping with the death of a loved one; and Whereas: Ms. Beckwith was recently honored with a very special award, The Ohio State University Alumni Medalist Award, which is presented to alumni who have not only gained national or international distinction within their chosen profession, but have also brought significant benefit to humankind. NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, on behalf of the citizens of Lee County, that we do hereby honor Ms. Samira Beckwith for her hard work, dedication, and vision and offer our grateful appreciation for her outstanding commitment to the people of Lee County and Southwest Florida. Duly Executed this 1st Day of December 2009.