Yearly Archives: 2015


Avow Names Building in Tribute

Avow names building in tribute to Elizabeth & Leonard Smith $1 Million Estate Gift Will Support Hospice Care in Collier County On December 8, Avow held a dedication reception to officially name its administration building the E & L Smith Administration Center. The building was named in memory of Elizabeth and Leonard Smith who provided a significant estate gift to Avow. “Elizabeth Z. Smith was touched and inspired by the loving and compassionate hospice care her husband Leonard, and other [...]

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Honored Veterans

Avow Honors Veterans We Honor Veterans... When Veteran James Wilkes was admitted to Avow's hospice program, chaplain Tony Alonzo presented James with a special blanket donning the insignia of the military branch in which the he served. Mr. Wilkes also received a special pin and certificate which is formally presented. Shown here, Brenda and James Wilkes and Avow chaplain Tony Alonzo.

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Board Appoints New CEO and CFO for Avow

The Board of Directors at Avow recently appointed Jaysen F. Roa as President and CEO and Phyllis Hall as Chief Financial Officer. The new officers assumed their position at Avow on October 19, 2015. Jaysen Roa brings over 10 years of hospice leadership experience, most recently serving as Executive Director at Good Shepherd Hospice, Inc. an affiliate of Chapters Health System, Inc. based in Lakeland, Florida. Roa also served in a variety of leadership roles at Hernando Pasco Hospice (HPH), [...]

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Graduation from Hospice is Bittersweet

You might think hearing news that you no longer qualify for hospice care would make your day. However, once you and your family experience the compassionate care and support of hospice, you might not want to give it up! To qualify for the Medicare hospice benefit, patients must be certified by their physicians as having a life expectancy of six months or less and, while in the program, show progressive decline in their condition. When a patient chooses hospice care, [...]

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Video showcasing Avow’s vision for growth earns Telly Award

Avow was recognized with a 2015 Bronze Telly Award for its Promise 2 Givecampaign video. The award-winning video was produced by the Avow communications department with filming and post-production services provided by local marketing firm Priority Marketing. Avow was among nearly 12,000 entries from 50 states and five countries that entered the 36th Annual Telly Awards program. Avow Chairman of the Board Charles “Chuck” Hoffman said, “Avow genuinely cares about this community. The Promise 2 Give campaign video authentically conveys [...]

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Helping Mom Go “Her Way”

The following note was shared Cheatham-Judy-Frances-John-Moriahby Judy Cheatham (left in photo). We thank her for giving us the privilege to care for her loving mother. “Avow hospice assisted with my mom’s care for approximately 5 months before she passed away. Everyone I came in contact with was kind, patient and professional. You assisted Mom to go through her dying process “her way” and I thank you.”

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Care for You, Care for Us

Sometimes we at Avow must take care of our own. The following note was shared with Avow by the Director of our Inpatient Facility (The Frances Georgeson Hospice House)… “Avow cared for me and my family in so many ways. The care that my Dad received was world class as I expected. However, the care and support given to me and my family was humbling. From the food to the flowers to the hugs, we felt cared for. My favorite memory of [...]

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From the Board Chair, July 13th

Recently, Avow said, “thank you” and “congratulations” to Karen Rollins, Avow’s president and CEO since 2005. Through her tireless leadership and dedication to mission, she guided Avow through many challenges to become what it is today: a financially strong, mission-focused hospice and palliative care provider. I respect her for many things, but chief among them is that she always put our patients’ welfare first. She led Avow with integrity, selflessness and heart. As a testament to her strong desire to [...]

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