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RSWLiving - - Department­s - Jim Nathan, Pres­i­dent, Lee Me­mo­rial Health Sys­tem

Serv­ing South­west Florida since 1916, Lee Me­mo­rial Health Sys­tem has a long his­tory of pro­vid­ing safe, high- qual­ity, lead­ing- edge, award- win­ning care. As your com­mu­nity health sys­tem, we are your fam­ily mem­bers, friends, and neigh­bors. In fact, to­day we are com­prised of more than 10,500 em­ploy­ees, 1,200 com­mu­nity physi­cians, and 4,500 vol­un­teers and aux­il­ians.

Ev­ery day and night, thou­sands of car­ing peo­ple work hard to meet the health- care needs and im­prove the health sta­tus of the peo­ple of South­west Florida. This is done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with staff from Lee Me­mo­rial Health Sys­tem, physi­cians through­out the com­mu­nity, al­lied health- care pro­fes­sion­als, and a net­work of med­i­cal and so­cial- ser­vice part­ners.

Work­ing to­gether, we con­tin­u­ally strive to de­velop pro­grams, ser­vices, and part­ner­ships to keep peo­ple close to home for the med­i­cal care they need. A great ex­am­ple of this is the Re­gional Can­cer Center, which is a part­ner­ship be­tween Lee Me­mo­rial Health Sys­tem, 21st Cen­tury On­col­ogy, and Florida Can­cer Spe­cial­ists. From the lat­est treat­ments and tech­nol­ogy to holis­tic medicine, can­cer pa­tients can re­ceive nearly ev­ery as­pect of their care un­der one roof.

A net­work of lo­cal part­ners works to­gether to pro­vide ba­sic health ser­vices to those with lim­ited or no health insurance and to con­nect pa­tients to ad­di­tional af­ford­able med­i­cal ser­vices. An ex­am­ple of this col­lab­o­ra­tion is the part­ner­ship be­tween Lee Me­mo­rial Health Sys­tem and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades.

Lo­cated in Dun­bar, North Fort My­ers, and Cape Coral, the Lee Physi­cian Group United Way Houses are slid­ing fee– scale clin­ics that pro­vide the unin­sured and un­der­in­sured ac­cess to care and help pa­tients proac­tively man­age chronic con­di­tions and avoid trips to the emer­gency depart­ment. Com­mu­nity res­i­dents can also count on the re­gion’s only Level II Trauma Center, which pro­vides life­sav­ing care twenty- four hours a day year- round to more than two thou­sand pa­tients each year from Lee, Col­lier, Char­lotte, Glades, and Hendry Coun­ties.

The Golisano Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of South­west Florida de­liv­ers life­sav­ing and rou­tine care for chil­dren, ado­les­cents, and their fam­i­lies through­out our five- county area. Fac­ing a chal­leng­ing di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment, surgery, or re­cov­ery is made a bit eas­ier with­out the con­cern of trav­el­ing great dis­tances and leav­ing fam­ily and friends.

Through the gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­nity, a suc­cess­ful cap­i­tal cam­paign is un­der way with the planned ex­pan­sion and con­struc­tion of “Amer­ica’s New­est Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal” mov­ing for­ward. With com­mu­nity sup­port, we will con­tinue to in­tro­duce more pro­grams and ser­vices to keep our chil­dren healthy and close to home.

This is­sue of RSW Liv­ing shines a spot­light on the im­por­tance of health and well­ness in our com­mu­nity. Sto­ries fo­cus on ev­ery­thing from the way med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties are de­signed to the dan­gers of an­tibi­otic overuse. Read­ers can learn about new takes on the tra­di­tional road race, how to pedal their way around Lee County, and other ways to im­prove and main­tain their health.

It is an honor for Lee Me­mo­rial Health Sys­tem, one of the largest pub­lic- health sys­tems in Florida, to serve the needs of our com­mu­nity, and we are proud to be here to care for our neigh­bors. We are car­ing peo­ple car­ing for peo­ple.

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