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Avow Palliative Care Center Now Open for Consultations, Education

Southwest Florida residents suffering from a serious illness and in need of symptom relief and emotional support can now find help at a new outpatient palliative care center on the Avow campus, 1223 Whippoorwill Lane in central Naples (Pine Ridge Road west of I-75). The facility, located in the new Lyon Center for palliative care, [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Avow Palliative Care Center Now Open for Consultations, Education

We’re Hiring! Join us at the Avow Job Fair on February 4, 2017

Join Avow on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Homewood Suites on 5255 Big Pine Way in Fort Myers for Job Fair specializing in Healthcare Clinical Positions (RNs, LPNs and CNAs). You will meet Avow representatives and learn about open clinical positions. Bring your resume to the Fair and ASK about [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on We’re Hiring! Join us at the Avow Job Fair on February 4, 2017

Palliative Care Changed My Quality of Life

When four-time cancer survivor Janice Feenstra was diagnosed with an incurable, but treatable cancer, she was hopeful and ready to endure chemotherapy and radiation to keep the cancer under control. Over time Janice became "sick and tired of being sick and tired" so she turned to Avow's palliative care team for help. A year later, [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Testimonials|Comments Off on Palliative Care Changed My Quality of Life

At Group We Listen, Acknowledge and Learn From Each Other

Connie Hill was apprehensive to attend her first grief support group, but she's very thankful she did. Avow's bereavement counselor instantly put her at ease. Connie describes her experience as "uplifting, positive and healing, and a very productive way to deal with grief." After losing the love of her life to cancer, Connie found added [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Testimonials|Comments Off on At Group We Listen, Acknowledge and Learn From Each Other

They Cared for Dad and Showed Concern for Me Too.

While sitting vigil at his father's bedside at Avow's Frances Georgeson Hospice House, Chris Farrugia observed nurses speaking warmly and compassionately to his father as they adjusted pillows and offered a gentle touch to his forehead. "Each nurse treated my dad as if he was his/her own spouse or father," Chris shared in a letter [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Testimonials|Comments Off on They Cared for Dad and Showed Concern for Me Too.

Grief at the Holidays – Tips for Coping

Grieving the loss of someone is always challenging, but it can be increasingly so during holiday time. If you are dealing with loss or know someone who is, the following tips may be helpful… Tips for those dealing with grief: Don’t be afraid to change traditions. Old ones won’t be the same – so new [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Announcements|Comments Off on Grief at the Holidays – Tips for Coping

Avow has successfully earned the 4th Star

4 Stars! Avow has successfully earned our 4th star from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) for our completion of requirements of the We Honor Veterans Program. But our work is far from finished. We will continue to strive to meet the needs of our Veterans. As a We Honor Veterans Founding Community Partner (Dignity [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Events|Comments Off on Avow has successfully earned the 4th Star

Weinig Estate Gift Will Help Seriously Ill in Southwest Florida

Avow Foundation, Inc. announces it has received a gift of $795,000 from the Nancy L. Weinig estate. The gift will be used to help seriously ill community residents who can benefit from hospice care. According to Mrs. Weinig’s estate planning lawyer, Bradley G. Rigor of Quarles and Brady, LLP, “Ms. Weinig was deeply touched by [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Weinig Estate Gift Will Help Seriously Ill in Southwest Florida

Hall, Neale Appointed to Avow Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Avow, Inc. announces the appointment of directors Dana Hall and Patrick Neale. Hall and Neale will also concurrently serve as directors of the Avow Hospice, Inc. and Avow Care Services, Inc. boards. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Naples resident Dana Hall served on Avow advisory committees and is [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Hall, Neale Appointed to Avow Board of Directors

2015 Avow Annual Report Now Available

Avow's Annual Report to the Community for the year 2015 is now available to view online. The publication provides service provision and financial statistics and program highlights. Follow this link to view the document.  

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on 2015 Avow Annual Report Now Available

Avow Recognized as Customer of the Week by Image First

On July 5th, John Ledley and Tim Marrone from Image First Healthcare Laundry Specialists made a visit to Avow's Frances Georgeson Hospice House to recognize Avow as their customer of the week and to present a $500 donation. In the photo (left to right): John Ledley, Tim Marrone from Image First and from Avow: Kathy Davis, Greg [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Avow Recognized as Customer of the Week by Image First

How to Talk to Children about Death, Tragic Events

Tips for Talking with Children Following Tragic Events Reassure them of their own safety. Don’t project your fears onto the child. Limit access to recurring news and repeated exposure to the tragedy. Realize you can’t completely shield them from what happened. Build upon your trust relationship by letting the child hear things directly [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Announcements|Comments Off on How to Talk to Children about Death, Tragic Events

When Loss Occurs, Avow Offers Free Grief Support

Grief Support Programs Open to Anyone in Southwest Florida Following the devastating attack in Orlando over the weekend, Avow reminds the local community that grief support services are available to anyone experiencing loss. Avow’s bereavement counseling, workshops and support groups are offered at no cost and conducted in a safe, compassionate environment for people who [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on When Loss Occurs, Avow Offers Free Grief Support

Don’t Wait, Have The Conversation Now.

A National Healthcare Decisions Day Message from Dr. Cynthia Nehrkorn When eighty-eight year old Mary*, an Avow palliative care patient living with lung cancer, was suddenly overcome by an excruciating head ache, she went straight to the hospital. Physicians there confirmed she was experiencing a brain hemorrhage. Bleeding (hemorrhage) incidents can be a complication for [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Don’t Wait, Have The Conversation Now.

Regatta Winners Announced – Avow is Beneficiary

Gulf Coast Sailing Club’s 40th Annual Charity Regatta Winners Announced America’s Cup Thompson Key Crewmember on Winning Boat  There were 85 sailors crewing on 17 sailboats of all classes competing to win the Gulf Coast Sailing Club (GCSC) 2016 Charity Regatta off Naples Pier on Saturday, April 2.   Hundreds of viewers were awed by the [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Regatta Winners Announced – Avow is Beneficiary

Butterfly Release Honors Memories; Lifts Spirits

On March 26, 2016 hundreds joined Avow in Cambier Park to experience an exhibit of live butterflies and to honor loved ones. Visitors walked through a large tent filled with flowering plants and nearly 600 butterflies representing 8 species. Children and adults delighted in watching the colorful butterflies alight upon a finger or shoulder. Outside the [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Butterfly Release Honors Memories; Lifts Spirits

Regatta Sets Sail for Avow

Naples Pier Offers Prime View of Gulf Coast Sailing Club’s Premier Charity Regatta Spinnakers and mainsails will be lifted by the wind at the 40th annual Southwest Florida charity regatta of the Gulf Coast Sailing Club (GCSC) on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday April 3 with much of the race viewable between 11 am and [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Regatta Sets Sail for Avow

Avow Butterfly Ball Breaks Fundraising Record

Avow Butterfly Ball Raises $600,000 in Cash, Sponsorships and In-kind Donations Proceeds to support Children’s Bereavement Camps, New Family Bereavement Center and Hospice Care Nearly 400  guests gathered at Naples Grande Beach Resort on February 20 to dine, dance and raise funds for Avow at the 2016 Butterfly Ball. Over $600,000 in cash, sponsorships and [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Avow Butterfly Ball Breaks Fundraising Record

Avow Honors Five at Annual Awards Reception

Individuals recognized for heart, philanthropy, hospice spirit and ambassadorship On February 9, Avow recognized four community volunteers and one employee at its annual awards reception held at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. The five local residents were recognized in four awards categories as follows: "The Phil Cole Philanthropy Award" presented to Thelma Lyon, Avow [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 February 11th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Avow Honors Five at Annual Awards Reception

Groundbreaking of Lyon Palliative Care and Hospice Center

Nearly 200 people gather on Avow Campus to kick off construction of new facility On January 12, 2016, Avow held a celebratory groundbreaking event for its newest building, The Lyon Palliative Care and Hospice Center, on the Avow campus in Naples. During the public ceremony held on the site of the new building, Avow leadership and [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Groundbreaking of Lyon Palliative Care and Hospice Center

Gulf Coast Sailing Club Regatta to Benefit Avow

Avow will be a beneficiary of Gulf Coast Sailing Club's (GCSC) 40th Southwest Florida Charity Regatta to be held in the waters of Naples on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2016. The Regatta is open to all classes of sailboats and to those interested in raising charity funds through participation or sponsorship. Event proceeds [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Gulf Coast Sailing Club Regatta to Benefit Avow

Avow to Break Ground on New Facility

Naples First Palliative Care Center Coming Soon Avow to Break Ground on Newest Facility; Community Invited to Celebrate On Tuesday, January 12, the community is invited to join Avow for the celebratory groundbreaking of its newest building, The Lyon Palliative Care and Hospice Center. The ceremony will take place at 11:00 AM on the Avow [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Avow to Break Ground on New Facility

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Avow Names Building in Tribute

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:11+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Testimonials|Comments Off on Honored Veterans

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. [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:12+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Board Appoints New CEO and CFO for Avow