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By Staff | May 12, 2020

Kate Stone

Stone joins Kingfisher Real Estate

Kingfisher Real Estate recently announced that Kate Stone has joined them as a full-time Realtor.

Having worked as the office coordinator for three years, she has acquired varied and valuable industry knowledge. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, Stone moved back to the islands, where she grew up.

She is actively participates in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Sanibel and Captiva Islands Association of Realtors and local chapter of the Zonta Club.

Edison National Bank promotes Ammons

John Ammons

Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands recently announced that John Ammons has been appointed as the security officer.

He will conduct continual surveys of offices, departments and functions to assess the evolving needs for security services or devices. Based on his findings, Ammons will make recommendations to senior management and the board of directors. He will coordinate and oversee the scheduling of testing of the security systems and security procedures.

In addition, Ammons will retain the position he already holds as the vice president and office manager of the Cleveland Avenue location.

Throughout his banking career, he has continued his professional education. A lifelong resident of Lee County, Ammons is actively engaged in the bank’s community service efforts.

Nursing facilities garner highest CMS ratings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its 2020 Five-Star Quality Ratings, awarding Gulf Coast Medical Center Skilled Nursing, HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center and Lee Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing with five stars.

The scores reflect recent improvements undertaken by the health system to continue improving its quality of care for the Southwest Florida community.

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. The scores are based on previously reported quality and safety data points including, patient satisfaction, value and outcomes, among others.

The updated CMS rankings follow recent recognitions Lee Health has received for quality and safety. Last month, all four Lee Health adult acute care hospitals earned “A” ratings for safety from the Leapfrog Group for the third straight reporting period. The non-profit releases its hospital safety grades twice a year, rating hospitals on 27 measures of safety data. Only 33 percent of the approximately 2,600 acute care hospitals Leapfrog graded received an “A.”

For more information, visit www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/About/Hospital-Info.html.

LeeTran adjusts some fixed-route schedules

LeeTran has adjusted schedules and restored some previously suspended service.

In addition to prior service offered, the restored service includes:

– Route 10, serving the Edison Mall and Dunbar areas, and Route 20, serving the Downtown corridor, is reactivated and operating Monday through Saturday.

– Route 100, serving the Riverdale, Palm Beach Boulevard and Fort Myers, areas increased its service to operate what would be a typical Saturday schedule six days a week, along with a normal Sunday schedule.

– The River District trolleys have ended their seasonal services.

– Route 140, serving the U.S. 41 corridor, increased frequency by adding two additional vehicles.

Access schedules for active routes at www.leegov.com/leetran/covid19modifiedschedules.

To follow updates or for more information, visit www.RideLeeTran.com.

Riders are asked to observe recommendations from the Centers For Disease Control for social distancing. For more information, visit www.leegov.com/COVID-19.

Clerk of Court offers virtual marriage process

For couples who would like to tie the knot amidst the current coronavirus crisis, the Lee County Clerk of Court is now offering a virtual process to obtain a marriage license.

Florida Statutes require the couple to appear before the clerk to sign and obtain the marriage license. The new virtual process allows the required appearance to happen remotely in compliance with social distancing.

Complete instructions are outlined at www.LeeClerk.org/Marriage License.

For questions, contact the Recording Office at recording@leeclerk.org or 239-533-5007.

For the latest in limited services and closures at the Lee County Clerk of Court’s office due to COVID-19, visit www.LeeClerk.org.