Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Hospice, based in Fort Myers, Fla., as been elected to the position of National Director of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), based in Alexandria, Virginia. NHPCO is the oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs in the United States.

“NHPCO is committed to improving care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for everyone facing end-of-life issues,” Beckwith said. “Hope Hospice in southwest Florida has shared that same commitment for more than 20 years, so I am excited about contributing on a national level.”

During her three-year term as an NHPCO National Director, Beckwith will focus on public policy, education, diversity, cultural issues and better access to care. “Our greatest challenge for the future is making the ‘right’ decisions in the midst of a rapidly changing healthcare environment,” she said.