Lions hear from coordinator with the Golisano Children’s Hospital
Alyssa Bostwick, program development and special projects coordinator at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, addressed the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club on June 17 via Zoom. She updated members on the status of the Lee Health system and progress at the children’s hospital.
Bostwick reported that Lee Health has seen a total of 896 patients with COVID-19 and 141 of the admissions were still in the hospital. Although there has been a recent uptick in the number of patients, the system is not overwhelmed and not near capacity. She detailed the precautionary measures being taken and the cleaning process being used. Bostwick said there is sufficient isolation so people should not be concerned about using the ER, if necessary. She indicated that most outpatient consultations were being done through telemedicine.
Bostwick also had news about the forthcoming opening of the ophthalmology center at the children’s hospital. Three new ophthalmologists have been hired. When the center is fully operational, it is estimated that the wait time for an appointment with a pediatric ophthalmologist will be approximately one week – versus the recent experience of families having to wait 272 days for an appointment.
She commented on the financial strain on the Lee Health system caused by the pandemic. Elective procedures were eliminated, which caused approximately $85 million in lost revenue. Bostwick pointed out that it is one of the few systems in the state that does not receive tax funding. All funding for the system is through patient fees and donations from the Southwest Florida community.
For more information about the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club, contact Membership Chair Steven Schulz at P.O. Box 391, Sanibel, FL 33957, or 239-233-6261, or visit www.sanibelcaptivalionsclub.org.