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Samira K. Beckwith

Samira Beckwith

Florida

President and CEO
Hope Hospice and Community Services

Biography

Dr. Samira K. Beckwith has been a pioneer in the hospice field for the past 40 years and has served as President and CEO of Hope Healthcare for more than 30 years. Through her leadership, the organization grew from a hospice caring for fewer than 100 patients a day to a comprehensive community based health care system caring for more than 4,000 individuals a day through a variety of innovative programs.

Her expertise and life time commitment to quality care is acknowledged throughout the state, nationally, and internationally.  She was appointed to The White House Conference on Aging and an invited presenter on a panel for the Senate Special Committee on Aging.  She has testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee on the need for legislation to enable better care and comfort for those at the end of life.  Within the state of Florida, she was given special recognition by Governors DeSantis, Scott, and Bush, having been appointed to their respective committees including the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness, the Board of Directors for the Florida Center for Nursing, and the Long-Term Care Advisory Committee.   Governor Jeb Bush described Dr. Beckwith as “a visionary who provides leadership on a local and national level – passionate about ensuring the highest quality of service,” after she served on his Long-Term Care Advisory Committee.

As a dedicated champion for palliative care, quality of life, and end of life issues, Samira has served as Chairperson for both the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation. In addition, she is the Founding President of the Florida PACE Providers Association and a Founding Director of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, as well as past president of the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

Dr. Beckwith’s leadership, career accomplishments, and commitment to diversity have also been honored.  She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, bestowed upon distinguished Americans who exemplify outstanding qualities in their personal and professional lives.  She was also awarded The Ohio State Alumni Association’s highest recognition, The Medalist Award, presented to alumni who have gained national or international distinction in a chosen field.

She was granted a Doctor of Humane Letters by Piedmont College and a second one from Southwest Florida College, as well as Bachelor of Sociology Degree and a Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University, where she recently served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.