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Friday, January 17

18TH ANNUAL GUMBO FEST TO RETURN 

The Shell Factory & Nature Park will host its 18th annual Gumbo Fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 26 at 16554 N. Cleveland Ave. in North Fort Myers. The festival proceeds will benefit the Nature Park & Environmental Education Foundation. Sponsored by Sam Galloway Ford, the event features free admission, a variety of festival food, a $5,000 reverse raffle and live entertainment by Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, as well as The Porchdogs. The Shell Factory & Nature Park’s other attractions will also be open including the Nature Park, Close Encounters, bumper boats, video arcade, mini golf and zip line. New this year, children and adults can enjoy a carousel ride for $1. Also, one child admission is free to the Nature Park with a paid adult or senior admission. B1039’s Big Mama and the Wild Bunch will be on hand to help celebrate the festivities. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Sandy at (239) 995-2141 ext. 110 or visit at ShellFactory.com.

 

Thursday, January 16

NCH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM JOINS VIVIDA HEALTH MEDICAID PLAN

NCH Healthcare System has joined the Vivida Health Medicaid plan to expand health services for low-income families. NCH Healthcare System provides personalized care in Collier County in the two-hospital, 716 bed system. NCH Physician Group is one of the largest medical groups in Southwest Florida with over 237 providers practicing in over 35 locations throughout Collier and Lee counties. The addition of NCH to the Vivida network means increased access and quality healthcare for members. Vivida Health is a Medicaid Provider Service Network (PSN) providing access to high-quality health care for eligible children, expectant mothers, elderly adults, low-income families and those with disabilities in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota counties. PSNs differ from traditional Medicaid plans in that they are owned, operated and governed by physicians and other health care providers. As a provider-owned and operated Medicaid plan, Vivida Health is designed to cater to the people and patients it serves within its designated region. To learn more about Vivida Health, visit https://www.vividahealth.com/.

 

Ian Read

Wednesday, January 15

FORMER PFIZER CEO, CHAIRMAN TO SPEAK AT NEXTGEN EVENT 

Ian Read, former CEO and chairman for Pfizer, will share insights and stories from his four decades with the pharmaceutical company during the Benson Blackburn NextGen Speaker Series event on Feb. 28 in Naples. The NextGen Speaker Series brings together business and community professionals to encourage leadership, mentorship, empowerment and philanthropy. Keynote speakers are world-renowned entrepreneurs and distinguished CEOs who share their life journeys with audience members. The NextGen Speaker Series was founded by Michael Benson, CEO of Benson Blackburn. The series has hosted 17 events and drawn more than 3,000 attendees since its inception. The NextGen event begins at 8 a.m. on Feb. 28 at the main clubhouse of Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples. Tickets are $30 and available online at NextGenNaples.com.

 

Tuesday, January 14

NAGY NAMED PRESIDENT OF PREMIER SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Nancy Nagy has been appointed to the role of president. Nagy will be responsible for leading all sales operations of the $5 billion brokerage, a leading affiliate in the Sotheby’s International Realty network ranked as the 34th largest real estate company in the country. She succeeds Budge Huskey, who was named chief executive officer on Jan. 1. Nagy previously served as chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Chicago, ranked among the top 10 in the franchise’s global network.

 

Monday, January 13

NEOGENOMICS ACQUIRES ONCOLOGY SERVICE PROVIDER FOR $37 MILLION

Fort Myers-based NeoGenomics Inc., a provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services, announced that the company has acquired the Oncology Division assets of Human Longevity Inc. for $37 million. The transaction closed Friday and was financed via available cash on hand. The Oncology Division of Human Longevity, located in San Diego, performs Next Generation Sequencing services for pharmaceutical customers. The division generated approximately $10 million in revenues in 2019 and ended the year with a backlog of approximately $15 million of signed contracts.

 

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