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Health News 11-6

By Staff | Nov 8, 2019

Pine Island Dental Care office to open Thursday

Abelardo Heredia DDS will soon be offering dental services to the community of Cape Coral at his new office, Pine Island Dental Care.

The new full-service, state-of-the-art family dental practice is set to open on Nov. 14.

Pine Island Dental Care will be fully equipped with the latest products and equipment available in the dental industry, offering Heredia and his dental team the opportunity to provide the most up-to-date procedures and services to their patients. From routine cleanings and simple fillings to more in-depth restorative and cosmetic services, patients can expect individualized care to help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Heredia received his doctorate of stomatology in 2001 from the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, and became AEGD certified (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) in 2016 from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Pine Island Dental Care is located at 541 S.W. Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. The office is now accepting new patients.

Appointments can be made by calling 239-214-8843 or by visiting PineIslandRoadDentalCare.com.

Lee Health hospitals earn A grades for patient safety

Patient safety is a top priority at Lee Health and, for the second straight report card, all four of its adult acute care hospitals have earned the highest national marks for safe care. Thursday, The Leapfrog Group announced its Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades, awarding Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital each A”grades, the highest possible ranking.

In addition to all four campuses receiving A grades, each hospital also improved its overall score from May’s report card.

Since 2000, The Leapfrog Group has promoted improved health care safety, quality and affordability in the United States through a commitment to transparency. The non-profit organization releases its hospital safety grades twice a year, rating hospitals on 27 measures of safety data. Only 32 percent of the approximately 2,500 acute care hospitals Leapfrog graded received an A. To earn a top grade, hospitals must receive a raw score of at least 3.151.

Lee Health’s full report card is below:

Cape Coral Hospital — Grade: A; Raw Score: 3.4714; Score Increase: +0.1484

Gulf Coast Medical Center — Grade: A; Raw Score: 3.4294; Score Increase: +0.015

HealthPark Medical Center — Grade: A; Raw Score: 3.2366; Score Increase: +0.0725

Lee Memorial Hospital — Grade: A; Raw Score: 3.1982; Score Increase: +0.1275

To learn more about Leapfrog’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org.

SHINE Medicare Open Enrollment presentation Nov. 20

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is under way through Dec. 7. For many Medicare beneficiaries, this period is their only opportunity to change plans for 2020. Future and current Medicare beneficiaries are invited to a free presentation in Cape Coral to prepare for enrollment.

SHINE will offer a Medicare Open Enrollment presentation at Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m.

The Healthy Life Center is located at 609 SE 13th Court, just west of Cape Coral Hospital. The presentation will feature professionally trained counselors of the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, a Medicare counseling program offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida.

The Medicare open enrollment presentation reviews the basics of Medicare parts A, B, C, and D, with an emphasis on preparing for the open enrollment period and the new online Medicare Plan Finder tool. Participants will learn about their Medicare options and discover how to save on prescription (Part D) expenses. A counselor will be available to answer questions after the presentation.

Attendees who seek further assistance are invited to attend a walk-in Medicare counseling session with a SHINE counselor. The Area Agency on Aging will host free counseling on Tuesdays through Dec. 3 at the Agency’s office in the Merchant’s Crossing shopping center in North Fort Myers. The agency’s physical address is 15201 N. Cleveland Ave., Unit 1100, North Fort Myers, FL 33903. Walk-in counseling sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is operated locally through AAASWFL. Specially trained SHINE counselors help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to understand their health care options so they can make the best decisions for their individual needs. The SHINE mission is to provide free and unbiased information about Medicare and Medicaid for beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers.

Additionally, counselors can educate beneficiaries about the benefits of their Medicare programs, like preventive services. SHINE counselors can also assist low-income Medicare beneficiaries in applying for cost saving programs. As part of the national Senior Medicare Patrol program, SHINE counselors also educate beneficiaries to protect, detect, and report potential errors, fraud, and abuse with their Medicare coverage.

To receive help from SHINE, individuals may call to schedule appointments at designated SHINE counseling sites, attend enrollment events in their local communities, or arrange to speak with a trained SHINE counselor by calling the AAASWFL Elder Helpline 1-866-41-ELDER (1-866-413-5337). For a listing of SHINE counseling sites and enrollment events, please visit www.floridashine.org.

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota Counties. AAASWFL is the state’s designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. The organization is committed to connecting older adults and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity. More information is available at www.aaaswfl.org or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER).