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By Staff | Oct 29, 2019

ART – SCIAR CLASSES PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel and Captiva Islands Association of Realtors offers continuing education classes, including an Environmental Considerations of Coastal Living taught by Kristie Anders, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's former education director.

Continuing education classes available

Sanibel and Captiva Islands Association of Realtors members are required to complete continuing education classes to keep their licenses current.

The association offers many classes, but a favorite among the members is the Environmental Considerations of Coastal Living taught each year by Kristie Anders, former education director for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

Though she retired last year, Anders has continued to teach island Realtors about the history and importance of the barrier islands that make up the community.

The class consists of a tour of the Bailey Homestead, SCCF Gardens, and boat trip around Cayo Costa and the Pine Island Sound.

SCIAR holds Membership Breakfast

The Sanibel and Captiva Islands Association of Realtors held its monthly Membership Breakfast on Sept. 19 and welcomed Valerie’s House SWFL President Angela Melvin as the speaker.

The mission of the organization is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives. Its vision is “that no child will grieve alone.”

An active volunteer and member of the board for Valerie’s House, SCIAR member Mike McMurray spoke about his personal connection to the group.

Johns Hopkins, Golisano enter agreement

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida recently entered into an agreement to expand care for kids across Florida’s west coast.

The new agreement officially took effect immediately and will give providers at both locations access to medical privileges to admit and treat patients. Golisano Children’s Hospital also will be able to take part in pediatric research studies and protocols through Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

The innovative relationship provides a process for collaboration between the two hospitals, with a focus on increasing access to specialized pediatric care. Through the agreement, the hospitals will work together to deliver the highest quality care, leverage resources and create better value for families.

The two hospitals also agreed to promote best practices at both locations with the goal of tracking and improving patient outcomes, lowering costs and promoting patient care closer to home.