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Health News 11-15

By Staff | Nov 15, 2019

Brain Bus to make stop in Cape

The Brain Bus is coming to Cape Coral. This statewide mobile outreach initiative raises awareness of Alzheimer’s and related dementia and addresses the benefits of early detection, early diagnosis, brain health and risk reduction.

With two mobile units, the Brain Bus is able to travel throughout Florida allowing visitors to learn about the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, Steps to an Accurate Diagnosis and Advancements in Research.

The Brain Bus will be in Cape Coral Thursday, Nov. 21, from 2-4 p.m., at Keystone Place at Four Mile Cove, 1701 Four Mile Cove Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33990.

The Brain Bus is sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of Elder Affairs and Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc.

Soto named supply chain vice president for Lee?Health

A. Luis Soto, MHA, CMRP, has joined Lee Health as its first vice president of supply chain management.

In this new role, Soto will provide strategic oversight to how Lee Health manages inventory and delivers medical goods throughout the health system. Soto brings nearly 20 years of supply chain and logistics experience to his role at Lee Health.

Most recently, and for the past five years, Soto served as the vice president, supply chain management for MaineHealth in Portland, Maine. MaineHealth is the largest health care provider in the state, with more than 19,000 employees and 11 hospitals. Before that, Soto served as the vice president for supply chain services for ARIA Healthcare System in Philadelphia.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Baruch College/School of Business and Public Administration in New York, N.Y., and his master’s degree in Health Administration at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, N.C.

RMHC Southwest Florida announces plans for house expansion

Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Florida has announced plans for a house expansion that is scheduled to break ground in mid-November. Through silent fundraising, the organization has raised 80 percent – in cash and pledges toward the capital campaign target of three million dollars. A $500,000 Challenge Grant from the Clark Family Foundation will be used to encourage new donations from first-time donors and increased donations from previous donors. Campaign Co-Chairs Jim Nathan and Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist kicked-off the capital campaign at a House Expansion Launch Party at the Ronald McDonald House on Monday, October 21st.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for families with children who require medical attention.

The house expansion will consist of six additional bedrooms, two additional offices, one additional public restroom, one storage closet, an entry hallway, additional parking and structural improvements to the existing 23-year-old house, including, but not limited to HVAC, hurricane impact windows and soffit/fascia repair & replacements

To donate or for information, go to rmhcswfl.org/ house-expansion or call Amy at 239-437-0202.

Hope Hospice to offer ‘Coping with Grief During the Holidays’ series

If you’ve lost a loved one, Hope Healthcare can help you discover the tools and support you need to cope with feelings of grief over the holiday season.

Hope’s three-part “Coping with Grief During Holidays” educational series will be held Tuesdays, Nov. 19 and 26, and Dec. 3 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Room B at Hope’s Administrative Office at 9470 HealthPark Circle in Fort Myers.

Participants will learn how to identify grief triggers, discuss coping strategies, and explore ways to memorialize lost loved ones.

Adults 18 years and older are welcome, and there is no charge to attend the professionally-led sessions. Pre-registration is required; call 239-985-7716.

With generous community support, Hope is able to offer additional counseling programs including grief support for adults, teens and children, bereaved parents and those who have experienced the suicide of a loved one. Hope also offers an LGBT group, crisis support for community schools and businesses, and a Spanish language group. Call 239-482-4673 or visit www.HopeHCS.org/counseling.

Frink earns certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor

Angela Frink, APRN, of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has earned certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor.

The certification is awarded by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice to professionals who have demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide clinical breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are considering breastfeeding or have questions about lactation.

Frink completed 52 hours of training and passed an examination based upon her workplace competencies.

She assists pediatricians in the Cape Coral office of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida at 1261 Viscaya Parkway.

Frink is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, where she received her bachelor of science degree in nursing and her master of science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has more than 12 years of nursing experience, including two years in management positions prior to earning her degree as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, which is the new title for what was formerly known as ARNP.

Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida, a physician-owned and operated medical practice, was formed in 1996 by many long practicing local physicians. Offices are located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres. For more information, visit www.ppcswfl.com.