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Lee Health Auxiliaries commit over $1.1M in 2020

By LEE HEALTH - | Jan 6, 2021

The Lee Health Auxiliaries of Lee Memorial Hospital/HealthPark Medical Center/Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Cape Coral Hospital and Gulf Coast Medical Center announced commitments totaling more than $1.11 million for fiscal year 2020 to benefit patients, their families, staff, physicians and the Southwest Florida community.

Funds raised are earmarked for projects, programs, technology, equipment, supplies and education. Donations are made possible because of the support of Lee Health employees at fundraising sales, gift and uniform shops, thrift shops, Scooter’s coffee bars, onsite U.S. Post Offices, and other events and programs. Additionally, volunteers, Auxilians, visitors and patients contribute to the success.

Highlights for 2020 include:

– $150,000 was donated to the SWFL Stronger Together campaign to help protect and recognize the incredible, selfless caregivers and other staff. These individuals put themselves at risk every day to serve patients and their families in this time of COVID-19. An additional $13,843 was donated to purchase masks for visitors and iPads and stands for COVID patients to connect with their loved ones.

– $165,000 was allocated to the Lee Health Education Grant Fund, which helped 123 recipients fulfill their dream of furthering their health care education. The program helps Lee Health as it strives to maintain quality staffing to meet the area’s growing health care needs.

– $785,581 was earmarked for Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, The Rehabilitation Hospital, the Regional Cancer Center, Skilled Nursing Center and outpatient centers and physician offices throughout the area. The funds support programs such as the Compassionate Blanket Program to bring comfort to families of terminally ill ICU patients, provide advanced technology such as patient monitoring devices and other items, purchase equipment for increased staff efficiency, buy furniture for patient rooms and common areas, and address other needs throughout the system.

From birth through the end stages of life, the Auxiliary support encompasses both complicated technology and the emotional support needed to help in the healing process. The Lee Health Auxiliaries continue to demonstrate their mission to be a dynamic part of Lee Health by supporting healthier lives through care, compassion, volunteer service, funding, education and advocacy.