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Lee Health Auxiliaries Commit more than $1.1 Million in 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2020) ---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 Lee Health patients, their families, staff, physicians and the Southwest Florida community. This continues the Auxiliaries’ legacy of compassion, service, and support.Funds raised are earmarked for projects, programs, technology, equipment, supplies, and education. Auxiliary donations are made possible [...].

Mental Health Mondays – The Importance of LGBTQ+ Peer Support

View Upcoming Sessions “The Importance of LGBTQ+ Peer Support” On Monday, Dec. 14, Tesharia Folkes, a licensed clinical social worker and facilitator for the Visuality LGBT+ youth support group and Chris Nunez, president of Visuality, discuss a new LGBT+ weekly virtual peer support group funded by Kids’ Minds Matter. Below are some key takeaways and resources from the segment. VIEW SEGMENT   Key Takeaways 1. What is Visuality: A LGBTQ support center and pride center without walls. We provide services [...].

Mental Health Mondays – How Veterans can talk with kids about PTSD

View Upcoming Sessions “How Veterans can talk with kids about PTSD” On Monday, Dec. 7, Dr. Wes Sanders, pediatric psychologist for Home Base; Armando Hernandez, program director for Home Base Southwest Florida; and Dr. Paul Simeone, vice president and medical director of behavioral health at Lee Health discussed how Veterans can speak with children about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Below are some key takeaways and resources from the segment. VIEW SEGMENT   Key Takeaways 1. Reach out for help: The [...].

Helping parents to be able to help their children

By: Jeannine Sparkes, Mental Health Navigator The Mental Health Navigator (MHN) program is designed to help families connect with services and resources to improve the educational outcomes of their children. But the program also helps parents, so they are also able to help their children. When her family was referred to the MHN program in March, “VB” was already overwhelmed with four children ages 5 to 13 years old, all of them acting out. The oldest was chewing her fingers [...].

Chief Foundation Officer Expresses Gratitude

Chris Simoneau, chief foundation and development officer for Lee Health shares why he's so grateful for our generous community during this week of thanks. VIEW MORE GRATFEUL MOMENTS

The Joy of Giving

By: Anne Frazier, Senior Director of Development Is there a way to “spark joy”? No, I’m not talking about the KonMari Method, (although it definitely has its merits). I’m talking about creating happiness within. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly brought to our attention how important it is for us all to monitor our mental and physical health. And, as we approach the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to explore the “joy of giving.” First, there’s a scientific reason for that joyful [...].

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