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By Staff | Nov 26, 2019

Jeffrey A. Muddell

Muddell joins SanCap Trust Company

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company recently announced the hire of Jeffrey A. Muddell.

As senior vice president of wealth services, he will meet with clients to discuss their financial and lifestyle needs and address how the company can best apply resources to uphold their goals.

Muddell joins the company after 12 years in nonprofit management and philanthropy, primarily in the health care sector. Most recently he served as system director of gift planning for the Lee Health Foundation, where he led strategic planning and management of the fundraising initiative and managed a staff of 13 development specialists. Muddell managed a portfolio of major gift individuals, corporate and foundation donors and prospects, and closed on major gifts in support of critical needs.

Prior to moving to Southwest Florida in 2017, he spent 18 years in the Orlando area where he led fundraising efforts at the Orlando Health Foundation, served as vice president at the Pace Center for Girls and senior fundraising consultant at Winkler Group. During his time in the nonprofit sector, Muddell served a variety of organizations in raising tens of millions of dollars, while building relationships with high net worth individuals and families from across the country.

Drew Stern

He holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Florida’s Warrington School of Business and is in the process of earning his Certified Financial Planner designation. Muddell earned his bachelor’s in communications from the University of Miami and began his professional career in broadcasting and journalism. He can be found at the Sanibel office on Palm Ridge Road.

Stern named one of Chicago’s Notable Entrepreneurs

Drew Stern, son of residents Jerrold and Lynne Stern, was recently named one of Chicago’s Notable Entrepreneurs by Crain’s Chicago Business.

The honor follows the creation, growth and exit of his technology company, Esquify. As co-founder and chief executive officer, Stern led the growth of the AI tech platform which uses machine learning in the review of legal documents. The company was acquired in December by Xact Data Discovery, and he has since continued to run the platform.

Stern launched Esquify in 2014 and received venture-capital funding and awards, including winning the US LegalTech Venture Competition and Chicago Innovation Awards. The technology has been used by law firms and Fortune 100 companies. Having spent his career in high tech with Salesforce, American Express, Buddy Media and Sprout Social, he also has been named 40 Under 40 by M&A Adviser.

Kenneth Segura

Stern grew up on Sanibel and attended Sanibel Elementary, Canterbury and Cypress Lake High School. He received his bachelor’s from Tufts University and his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Stern serves on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League Midwest and StartOut Chicago.

Lee Health hospitals honored

The Florida Hospital Association recently awarded three Lee Health hospitals with Hospital Improvement Innovation Network awards, which honor outstanding achievement in creating a culture of patient safety, delivering value and executing evidence-based practices in daily operations.

Cape Coral Hospital received the HIIN “Chasing Zero” Award (250 beds and over) for outstanding work to reduce patient harm and readmissions. It is presented for achieving significant reductions in hospital-acquired infections, resulting in some of the lowest rates in the project.

Gulf Coast Medical Center and HealthPark Medical Center received HIIN Achievement Awards for outstanding work to reduce patient harm and readmissions. It goes to hospitals that meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services improvement goals on at least 80 percent of measures tracked as part of the program.

Darcy Allen

Segura joins SanCap Community Bank

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank recently announced the promotion of Kenneth Segura to vice president and office manager of the College Parkway location.

In his new role, he will manage daily operations and customer relationships, including business and consumer banking.

Segura has been with the bank for nearly three years, serving most recently as treasury management assistant. Before his role in treasury management he was assistant branch manager.

Prior to joining the bank, Segura worked at Wells Fargo Bank. He is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Shell Point community earns multiple honors

Shell Point Retirement Community’s skilled nursing center, The Larsen Pavilion, recently earned multiple recognitions for its quality of care and overall performance ratings by Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Newsweek and global data research firm Statista Inc. evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes to establish a ranking of “Best Nursing Homes” in the U.S. Factors included overall performance ratings, staffing, reputation and health inspections, as well as quality measures of resident care.

Among the 54 best nursing homes recognized in Florida, Shell Point ranked number four.

U.S. News & World Report included Shell Point’s 219-bed Larsen Pavilion in its 2019-2020 Best Nursing Homes report, which is based on the community’s high performance ratings in short-term and long-term care, as well as patient satisfaction.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services credited The Larsen Pavilion with a five out of five star rating overall, as well as five out of five stars in the categories of quality measures and staffing.

Cohen named FHA’s Trustee of the Year

Lee Health board member and former board chairman Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Cohen recently was named Florida Hospital Association’s Trustee of the Year at its annual Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards. Cohen has served on the Lee Health Board of Directors since 2013 and served as chairman from 2014 to 2017.

The FHA cited Cohen’s years of service within health care and education and his support of the construction of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida as key factors in honoring him. Cohen has increased transparency within Lee Health by pushing for better reporting of quality outcomes and has been instrumental in advancing physician-led teams such as the Physicians Leadership Council and the Clinical Collaboration Council.

The FHA’s Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards is held during its annual meeting to acknowledge leaders in the industry who have contributed to the mission of providing quality health care for the people of Florida.

Cohen earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1960. He served as chair of the Pediatrics Department at Wayne State University School of Medicine and chief of pediatrics for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Cohen also served as dean and the university’s provost before retiring as a professor.

Cohen served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and has an extensive history of community involvement in pediatric health care issues and research organizations.

Lee Health welcomes new VP

Darcy Allen has joined Lee Health as the vice president of operations and chief nurse executive at Lee Memorial Hospital.

In her new role, she joins Vice President of Operations and Chief Physician Executive Scott Wolf in a shared leadership model called a dyad. Together, they are focused on collaboration, standardization, quality, safety, reliability and patient experience at Lee Memorial Hospital.

Allen brings nearly 20 years of nursing experience, including leadership roles to her position. Prior to joining Lee Health, she served as chief nursing officer at Inova Medical Center in Virginia, an acute care and academic, 400-bed hospital. Allen also spent seven years at Kaiser Permanente in California, where she held multiple positions, including assistant nurse manager, department manager, clinical adult service director and director of nursing.

She earned her associate degree at the University of Hawaii, Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration at Northeastern University. She is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.