Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Hospice, to an advisory council for the new Office of Long-Term Care Policy. The Office, created in September 2002, will coordinate all state agencies’ policies on long-term care issues, with an emphasis on providing more elders with services that enhance their quality of life.

“The Office will focus on providing the most cost-effective, community-based services for Florida’s elderly. These services will range from caregiver support to placement in assisted living facilities,” Governor Bush said.

A leader and visionary in the field of end-of-life care, Ms. Beckwith continues to provide leadership for the hospice movement at both local and national levels. She has held a number of leadership positions with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) since 1983, and most recently was elected to serve another term on the Board of Directors.