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Donors with O+ blood type needed at Lee Health

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Inventory levels for O+ blood at Lee Health are critically low, officials said. Although there is a current need for O+ blood, donors of all blood types are encouraged to donate. Lee Health is home to the only trauma center in the region, so keeping its blood supply at a healthy level is critical so patients who urgently need a transfusion can get one, Pat Dolce, a spokesperson for the health organization, said. Blood and blood products, like platelets, are also helpful to premature babies, people with cancer, anemia, and a variety of other conditions. All blood collected...

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Health Matters: A Partnership in Medical Care

It’s a medical specialty that treats more than just the body. ”We don’t only treat the physical aspect of the patient. We take care of the patient physically, spiritually, socially. It’s delivered through multidisciplinary teams. So, the patient will have a physician, nurses, a social worker,” explained Dr. Diana Khalil, a palliative care physician with Lee Health. Patients diagnosed with a chronic disease like COPD, cancer, or heart failure qualify for palliative care. “The best ideal time to start palliative care is at the time of diagnosis and as the disease progresses, palliative care...

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Health Matters: Scoliosis Treatment for Children

It can cause the spine to look like an “s” shape or a “c” shape. “Scoliosis in the simplest of terms is a curvature of the spine and specifically it means a side-to-side curvature,” said Dr. Arun Hariharan, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Lee Health. But pediatric orthopedic surgeons say, there are also more mild cases of scoliosis that can be more difficult to diagnose. “It’s really important to distinguish that there are so many different types of scoliosis. The most common one you see is the adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and that’s the teenager that gets it....

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Health Matters: Helping Children with Chest Wall Malformation

It’s called congenital chest wall malformation—and doctors say it affects about one in 400 children. “The congenital chest wall malformation program is a program that allows us to bring expert care to children of Southwest Florida that have a variety of different anomalies that affect the chest,” said Dr. Andre Hebra, a pediatric surgeon on the medical staff of Lee Health. The condition can create functional problems for children where they have difficulty exercising, breathing, and can even experience cardiac problems. “The most common type of congenital chest wall malformation is known...

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Health Matters: A Life-Saving Donation

“I was driving home from teaching an exercise class at Lexington Country Club. I had just crossed Summerlin Road onto Bass Road and I was T-Boned. I had a significant loss of blood. My car was totaled. Multiple fractures.” Dennis Lock was transported to the Lee Health Trauma Center where he underwent several surgeries. “Blood needs are constant for this health system. There are always people receiving blood products and we need people out to donate for that need,” said Lee Health blood center supervisor, Jeremy Puckett. Lee Health uses about 800 units of blood products a week. “It makes...

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‘Critically low’ supply: Lee Health seeks blood donations

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The home of the region’s only trauma center is in desperate need of blood. According to Lee Health, its centers are in urgent need of donors, as blood supplies are “critically low.” Lee Health requires approximately 800 units of blood per week and supplies blood and blood products in the trauma center, to treat cancer patients, premature babies, anemia and a variety of other conditions. It is vital that the health system’s blood supply remains at healthy levels in order to quickly care for patients needing an urgent transfusion, according to Lee Health....

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Lee Health partners with School Board to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to students

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee Health and the School District of Lee County are collaborating to provide COVID-19 vaccination to the county’s pediatric population, they announced at a Tuesday night meeting. Vaccinations are completely optional and are meant to serve as a convenience, the Lee County School Board said. Lee Health will create a mobile vaccination site using a pediatric ambulance and a team of healthcare professionals, including one emergency medical technician, one customer service representative, one pharmacist (or one pharmacy technician) and two registered nurses to administer...

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Health Matters: Menopause and Sleep Changes

They can keep you from falling asleep and staying asleep. “Hormonal changes can impact our sleep and our sleep can impact hormone production. It’s a cause and effect,” said Mary Hoke, a nurse practitioner with Lee Health. Hormonal changes like menopause can cause women to experience sleep apnea and insomnia. “With menopause we see that there is generally less estrogen being produced which can result in an increase in body temperature, resulting in hot flashes. We also see that there’s a decrease in progesterone which can lead to a decrease in our breathing drive that can increase our risk...

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Need your COVID-19 shot? Lee Health is welcoming walk-ins

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — With Memorial Day and Independence Day right around the corner, doctors in our community are saying that now is a very important time to get vaccinated. Lee Health is offering 1,300 COVID-19 vaccine appointments this week. Starting today, May 18, walk-ins will be welcomed at Gulf Coast Medical Center. Although, appointments are recommended. CLICK HERE to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Lee Health. Anyone over 12-years-old can get their shot at Lee Health. People under 18-years-old will need a parent or legal guardian with them at their appointment. Walk-ins...

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Health Matters: Improving Southwest Florida’s Mental Health

COVID-19 brought many changes to how we live, think, and feel. “Something as typical as going to the grocery store became a challenge. We all can empathize with the feelings of helplessness, of worry, of fear,” said Meaghan Palumbo, a business development officer with Park Royal Hospital. Feelings health experts say can take a toll on our mental health. “We all, to a certain extent, experienced symptoms of mental illness and now we can normalize seeking help for those feelings,” said Palumbo. To help Southwest Florida better manage the behavioral health surge caused by the pandemic, health...

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