Hope Leadership

Samira K. Beckwith

Dr. Samira K. Beckwith has served as President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services for more than 25 years. With her leadership, the organization grew from a hospice caring for fewer than 100 patients a day, to a comprehensive home health care system. Today, Hope cares for more than 4,000 individuals a day through a variety of innovative programs.

Dr. Beckwith’s expertise and commitment to quality care is acknowledged throughout the state of Florida and nationally. She was appointed to The White House Conference on Aging and recently took part in a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Governor Scott appointed Dr. Beckwith to the Board of Directors for the Florida Center for Nursing and his transition team. Governor Jeb Bush describes 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 and end of life issues, Dr. Beckwith has served as Chair 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 Association and a Founding Director of the National Hospice Work Group.

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. Dr. Beckwith 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.

Dr. Beckwith was granted a Doctor of Humane Letters by Southwest Florida College and holds a Bachelor of Sociology Degree and a Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University, where she currently serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

See Samira's interview with WGCU for "Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida."

Samira was also featured in  "Hospice: Something More" - an hour-long show, hosted by CNN correspondent Frank Sesno that shares stories of real hospice patients and their families. 

Luis Cortes, DO, MS

Dr. Luis Cortes is the Chief of Medical Services at Hope HealthCare Services, where he is responsible for the Medical Services Department, supervising all physicians and ARNP's and providing palliative care consultations.

Dr. Cortes holds a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master’s from Barry University and a bachelor’s from the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Cortes has extensive experience in hospice care as a physician with several top-notch facilities in Fort Lauderdale, where he was responsible for inpatient palliative care and the medical management for home care patients. He previously served as Vice-Chairperson for the Department of Family Medicine at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, as well as a diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practitioners.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Cortes is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Bob Griffin, MA, JD

Chief Legal Counsel for Hope HealthCare Services, Bob Griffin’s professional career has centered on health care regulation. He served as the Director for Legislative Planning, Health Policy and was the Assistant Secretary for Regulation for Florida’s Health Care System. He served as principal of J. Robert Griffin, P.A., where he represented health care providers before the Florida Department of Health and other state agencies.

A graduate of Florida State University, Griffin obtained his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and attended Florida State University, College of Law.

Charlotte King, SPHR

Charlotte King is Chief Human Resources Officer for Hope HealthCare Services. As the founder of Resource Innovations, Inc. her extensive human resource background covers more than 35 years of broad-employer and consultative expertise. Throughout her career, King has provided an array of human resources services to numerous private, non-profit, and public industries with a heavy emphasis in health care. She oversees a team of professionals supporting over 1,000 staff members with responsibilities for human resource planning and operations, benefit programs, occupational health, talent acquisition and recognition, compensation, staff relations, and leadership development.

King has served in leadership roles and on numerous community boards and associations, including the National Society for Human Resource Management for more than three decades, and is a long-time nationally certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a frequent presenter at professional forums and has published numerous articles in The News Press, Gulfshore Business and Southwest Florida Business Magazine.

King was the recipient of the prestigious HR Florida Proskaur Rose Award for Professional Excellence in Human Resources and was the first human resource professional to receive the Human Resource Award of Professional Excellence from the Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida.

Jill Lampley, MBA, SPHR

Jill Lampley has been an employee of Hope HealthCare Services since 1992, serving as its Chief Financial Officer for the past 20 years. She previously served as controller for Advanced General Contractors. Lampley earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida Southern College and University of South Florida.

Lampley has served as a section leader and steering committee member for the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals; member of the National Hospice Work Group; president of the local chapter of Institute of Management Accountants; president, vice president of programs, and treasurer for the Human Resources Management Association; and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Lampley has published articles in Hospice Palliative Care Insights and The Hospice Professional, and has presented at numerous conferences.