Gulfshore Business Daily: April 16

Lee Health hospitals are top-ranked for quality, Horizon Council to discuss employee employee engagement, Wilderness Country Club to host senior open qualifier, and more.


Four Lee Health adult acute care hospitals have been named among “America’s Best Hospitals” for 2019, a distinction that places them in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, according to Healthgrades. This designation rewards hospitals that consistently exhibit comprehensive, quality care across all clinical areas. Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital are four of 18 Florida hospitals included in the grouping. Being in the top 5 percent means patients at Lee Health hospitals are less likely to experience medical or surgical complications and have the best chances for survival during and after hospitalization, according to a press release. For more information, click here.


The Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office will host the Horizon Council General Membership Meeting on April 26 at Florida SouthWestern State College, Building U, Room 102, in Fort Myers. Registration and networking start at 8 a.m. and the meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Guest speaker Mike McDonald, senior learning consultant and learning business partner with the Gallup organization, will focus on employee engagement and retention. McDonald will share current research on employee engagement and a few things managers and organizations can do to increase employee engagement, satisfaction and retention. To register, visit


Wilderness Country Club in Naples has been selected as a host site to conduct U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifying. The May 26 event will feature 84 of the area’s best senior golf professionals and amateurs competing for two to three spots in the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship in June on The Warren Course at Notre Dame. This is the first time in the 45-year history of Wilderness Country Club that it has been selected to host a Senior Open Qualifier. A total of 34 domestic sites will be conducting 18-hole sectional qualifying between May 14 and June 10. Wilderness Country Club is the only Southwest Florida club represented and one of just three in the state of Florida.


The International Men’s Club of America (IMCA) – Naples will welcome guest speaker Collier County Fire Chief Kingman D. Schuldt to its meeting held from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 8 at Vineyards Country Club in Naples. Schuldt is fire chief and CEO of the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District in Collier County. Schuldt’s presentation will provide attendees a detailed look into the management and operations of the Fire District and the wide variety of services provided by the community. The IMCA – Naples has also enhanced programs to include a travel club and summer dine-out, and expanded core programs into the summer month. The IMCA core programs are varied, and most are open to members’ spouses and other guests. To become a member of the IMCA or to register for events, contact


First Florida Integrity Bank has promoted Monica Scire (pictured left) to community reinvestment act (CRA) officer. Scire has six years of experience in the banking industry. She joined First Florida Integrity Bank as accounting financial analyst in March 2013. Prior to her promotion to CRA officer, Scire had been promoted to financial analyst II in 2014 and risk analyst in 2016. For the past two years, she has given more than 130 hours annually to United Way’s VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) program, as well as assisted with Agency Allocations. Scire is on the Junior Achievement finance committee and volunteers her time with the organization. She also has joined the Salvation Army advisory board and provides classes to senior citizens through the Salvation Army. Scire attended the University of Tampa, where she received a Bachelor of Science in biology, pre-med and business and received her Master of Business Administration there in December 2003.


Jeff Forsythe (pictured right), senior vice president Lee & Associates | Naples- Fort Myers, received his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. The CCIM designation is earned by commercial real estate professionals who complete more than 160 hours of case study-driven education covering topics such as financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis and investment analysis for commercial investment real estate. Candidates must also compile a portfolio demonstrating the depth of their commercial real estate experience and pass a comprehensive examination. Forsythe has been with Lee & Associates for the last three years. He especially enjoys assisting first time investors in real estate.


Yale T. Freeman has joined the board of the Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County. During his 25 years practicing law in Naples, Freeman has been president of the Harry Chapin Food Bank, executive director of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Collier County, co-founder of the Alliance for Community Response, board member of the United Way of Collier County and vice president of Collier Harvest. He recently received the Ann Jacobson Humanitarian Award in recognition of his community service. The mission of the Hunger & Homeless Coalition is to support the planning, delivery and coordination of high-quality services to the hungry, the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in the community.


David Lawrence Center receives grant to improve mental health treatment access

The Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC) has awarded the David Lawrence Center (DLC) a $27,500 grant to support its Access to Mental Health Care Program, which is designed to reduce or remove barriers to mental health treatment. The funds will help provide vulnerable adults in Collier County with access to medication management, psychotropic medications, language interpretation services, transportation costs and program coordination. A portion of the funds will be used for psychiatric medical services. Additionally, translation services will be provided to help give individuals with language barriers swift access to mental health care. As a result of the grant, vulnerable individuals will also receive transportation assistance.