Dear valued partners of Lee Health,
The past few months have been a whirlwind, but “stars shine brightest in the dark.” It’s been a blessing to see not only Lee Health rise to the challenge but also to witness the incredible outpouring of support from our community.
We are grateful to everyone who has supported our healthcare providers with donations of meals, personal protective equipment, and other gifts as they continue to care for us. We are still accepting donations of supplies to keep our staff and patients safe. For those wishing to visit the Foundation or to make a delivery of needed supplies, we encourage you to call (239) 343-6950 so that we can properly and safely prepare to greet you.
In addition to supplies, the monetary support you provide aids us in meeting the needs of our community and frontline healthcare heroes. Last month, Lee Health and Naples Community Hospital (NCH) jointly announced the “SWFL Stronger Together” campaign. This campaign is representative of the collaborative relationship between our two healthcare systems as we work to combat the challenges presented by the current pandemic. Together, Lee Health and NCH are asking the Southwest Florida community to join them, to come together and show support. Gifts to this fund are providing critical resources, equipment and supplies, and employee relief to support our healthcare heroes. I thank everyone who has already given, and especially want to thank the Richard M.Schulze Family Foundation, Bank of America, as well as our Cape Coral, Lee Memorial, and Gulf Coast Medical Center Auxiliaries for their generosity. If you would like to make a donation to support Lee Health, please visit LeeHealthFoundation.org.
And while our community remains under a “stay-at-home” order, your donations and investments to Lee Health continue to make an impact. Our teams are developing new and creative ways to keep you informed and healthy. In the last month, Kids’ Minds Matter has launched Mental Health Mondays, a Facebook live virtual series that brings healthcare professionals and mental health advocates to you as you care for your families’ during COVID-19 and beyond. We are also celebrating healthcare wins like Christina who, during this time, has been declared cancer-free! You can read her story and others like it by subscribing to our blog.
Everyone can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and resources are available to keep you informed and your families safe. Lee Health is updating LeeHealth.org/public-health continuously as new information becomes available. We are directing the community to utilize this webpage for the latest information, for access to complimentary Lee TeleHealth services, and to ask our Infection Prevention Team questions you have – look for the “Ask the Experts” section. You can also call the Florida Department of Health Hotline at 1-866-779-6121 for additional information 24/7.
This is a difficult time for all. Please take care and know that our entire team is here for you.
Chief Foundation and Development Officer