In recognition of her career-long efforts to “make healthcare safe, quality-driven and cost-effective for all,” Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith has been presented with the first annual Dorland Health People Award.

Dorland, a leading healthcare media publisher, recognizes professionals who are “shining examples of the dedication and commitment to enhanced patient care.”

Beckwith was cited for her career in social work and her leadership of Hope HealthCare Services, where she has enhanced the care of hospice patients and introduced new, innovative programs to meet the needs of the frail elderly as well as people of all ages who are chronically ill.

“This award is a tribute to the tireless work of our caring staff and volunteers,” Beckwith said. “It is a privilege to lead this great group of people as we make a difference in the lives of so many in our community.”

The award ceremony was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC.