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Lee Health, NCH Healthcare System team up to combat COVID-19

By Staff | Mar 25, 2020

The Southwest Florida region’s healthcare leaders Lee Health and NCH Healthcare System have joined efforts to combat the challenges presented by the current pandemic COVID-19. The nonprofit organizations are on the frontline of the crisis serving the community and collaborating on all fronts, sharing policies, action plans and daily media updates, coordinating outreach efforts including drive through testing sites to better serve the region, working together to limit non-urgent surgeries, and completing joint Continuing Medical Education training for team members.

Today, Lee Health and NCH announce the “SWFL Stronger Together” campaign. It is representative of the work that has and continues to take place, and the collaborative relationship that exists. Together, Lee Health and NCH are asking the Southwest Florida community to join them, to come together and show support. Gifts to the SWFL Stronger Together fund will provide critical resources, equipment and supplies needed to support our doctors and nurses. Donations will help provide additional ventilators, protective gear, mobile units, employee relief and more.

“We’re delighted we are able to continuously explore new and innovative ways that our two healthcare systems can strengthen healthcare in Southwest Florida and better serve our community,” Lee Health President Dr. Larry Antonucci said. “During this time where COVID-19 has no borders, our organizations have collaborated in unprecedented ways. The Lee Health and NCH teams have fully embraced the concept of collaboration and community. We are stronger together, and SWFL will benefit greatly from our systems continuing to work together.”

“During this challenging time for our communities, we appreciate the collaboration with our healthcare systems, including Lee Health,” NCH Chief Executive Officer Paul Hiltz said. “Now is the time for all of us to pull together to make a difference for our family, friends and neighbors as we continue to care for our community. We appreciate your support. We are all stronger together.”

The healthcare systems also shared a need for blood donations. Community members can arrange to donate blood by calling Lee Health blood centers at 239-343-2333 or NCH Community Blood Center at 239-624-4120. Donating blood takes about 45 minutes and is a good way to help, as well as show support for our region’s doctors and nurses who are on the frontline.

For more information or to make a donation, visit SWFLtogether.org. Resources at this site also include free telehealth information, hotlines, COVID-19 news and updates, as well as an “Ask the Experts.”