Community Budget Issue Requests - Tracking Id #346FY0001













Samira Beckwith


Hope Hospice











Project Title:


Date Submitted:

2/16/01 11:03:34 AM












Burt Saunders














Statewide Interest:

Project is designed to meet the statewide objective of increasing affordable healthcare access.













Hope Hospice


Keith Arnold


9470 Health Park Circle

Contact Phone:

(850) 222-6333



Fort Myers 33908

















Glades, Hendry, Lee














Service Area:

Private Organization
















Project Description:








Hope Hospice is respectfully requesting assistance from the State of Florida in the form of a $300,000 demonstration grant to help develop a new technological approach to care called Telehospice.  This technology has been identified as a powerful strategy to improve care for our minority and rural patients.  It is also an opportunity to bring technology to populatios who may not have access to this technoloty.  Telehospice equipment  resembles technology used in the business environment to facilitate video conferencing, but also inculdes a thermometer, a blood pressure cuff, and a stethoscope.  The ability to have fact-to-face interaction with a patient without being physically present in the home offers countless benefits.  Professional caregivers can quickly assess medical problems and begin treatment, providing needed emotional support without being viewed as intrusive by family members.  Telehospice can also be used to discuss treatment options and chices, assist with teaching and counseling, and facilitate more efficient case assessment, management, and documentation. Home visits will still be necessary, but this technology will assist by reducing the nuber of interruptions in the home, enabling minority and rural families to take a more primary role in the care of their dying loved one.












Measurable Outcome Anticipated:






Ensure the citizens of FLorida have equal and appropriate end-of-life health care and support.











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Was this project previously funded by the State?














Is future-year funding likely to be requested?














Was this project included in an Agency's Budget Request?




Was this project included in the Governor's Recommended Budget?













Is there a documented need for this project?






The under-served minority and rural patients of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.











Was this project request heard before a publicly noticed meeting of a body of elected officials (municipal, county, or state)?




Hearing Body:

Lee County Legisltive Delegation


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