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 ones may help. Keep the ones that are comforting. Show your emotions – expression is healthy and positive. Rely on others. Remember children and encourage [...]

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 the loving care her close friends and family received through Avow’s hospice care services, and wanted to help Avow continue its wonderful work.” Avow was [...]

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 a current member of the Avow Women’s Board. Hall is a co-owner of Beachwood Cremation Society and Naples Funeral Home. She is a Licensed Direct [...]

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 Dougherty, Connie Shepherd, Phyllis Hall and Jaysen Roa.

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 form you – even unsettling information. Keep in mind: There is no standard reaction you can or should expect from your child. Some children [...]

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 patients with stage 4 progressive cancer. As Mary’s condition worsened, she was unable to communicate, forcing her son, John*, to make treatment choices for her. [...]

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 fast action on the water accompanied by racing wind conditions.  The thousands of dollars raised will benefit children in the Southwest Florida community who are [...]

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 exhibit, visitors enjoyed children's crafts, face painting, refreshments and shopping for all things butterfly. Over 600 names were read in the public remembrance ceremony which [...]

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 supporter The "Butterfly Award" presented to Judy LeDoux, Avow Women’s Board member The "Heart of Avow" presented to Avow hospice admissions nurse Lorri Jacobs and [...]

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 special guest speakers Diane Meier, MD, FACP and R. Sean Morrison, MD, co-directors of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount [...]

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 [...]

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), [...]