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Incentivize voluntary vaccination

With hospital systems, including Lee Health, pleading for help due to the surge in COVID cases, President Joe Biden has released his six-pronged Path Out of the Pandemic Plan. Among the highlights are components to vaccinate the unvaccinated, protect those who are vaccinated, safely keep ...

The job market: Signs of the times

Some signs of the times: Press release: The Lee Clerk of the Courts is holding a career fair. Press release: The School District of Lee County is hosting an informational event on teaching positions within the district. Press release: The School District of Lee County has a critical need ...

Summer of giving

Summer in Southwest Florida has lots going for it for those of us who embrace the sunshine or love nothing better than the sound of a late-afternoon thunder-boomer. Less crowded beaches. Shorter lines, if any, at our favorite spots to grab a bite or sit and linger. More time for, well, ...

Sometimes, cash is king

Count us among those who believe that good, and affordable, insurance is the path to better health. Count us, too, among those who sometimes find sorting though the benefits provided confusing. Case in point: One of our team members, whose insurance package includes Medicare, supplemental ...

Kudos to the Class of 2021

Approximately 5,000 students across Lee County will mark the culmination of their high school careers this weekend. Graduation ceremonies are a milestone occasion and, as we do every year, we add our congratulations to the abundance of felicitations that rightfully should come their way. As ...

The gift of life

Lee Health recently issued an urgent call to our community: The need for blood donations is critical. To supply the needs of the health care system's four acute care hospitals — Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital — and its ...

Thanksgiving 2020

The roots of Thanksgiving 2020 run deep. Four hundred years deep. In 1620, 102 passengers sailed from England for what those travelers hoped would be a better life. Sixty-six days of adversity later, they made landfall in a new world, still far from their intended destination. As ...

Get ahead of the curve this flu season, get your shot now

As COVID-19 pandemic numbers show some hoped-for improvement, health officials are issuing a companion health alert for residents: Get a flu shot and get it now. The Florida Department of Health-Lee and the Centers for Disease Control are making their annual pleas early this year in advance of ...

Our message to you

The past few weeks have been tough ones for Southwest Floridians.We've seen government operations pare down to the bare bones essentials, with offices closed and meetings and services moved online.We've seen many of our favorite businesses temporarily close or wholly revamp their operations to ...

Facts, not fear: Monitoring coronavirus disease

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued some advice regarding the new coronavirus disease formally dubbed COVID-19: Share the Facts, Stop Fear.The top takeaway from the CDC fact sheet that can be found on the agency's website along with a wealth of information on ...