Gulfshore Business Daily: August 3

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NCH REQUIRING ALL EMPLOYEES TO GET COVID-19 VACCINE

After initially requiring that new hires be vaccinated for COVID-19, NCH Healthcare System is mandating that all leaders, physicians, providers, contract staff and volunteers be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment by Sept. 16. The regional hospital announced the change Friday because of the recent surge in cases. Because NCH said the Delta variant is five times stronger than the original pandemic, it made the decision to have mandatory vaccines for all staff after meeting with physicians and scientists. NCH is one of the first hospitals in Florida to make this move, WINK News reports.

 

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LEE HEALTH RESTRICTS ER VISITATIONS AS COVID-19 SURGES IN HOSPITALS

Because the staff at area hospitals are overwhelmed and patients are risking their own health over non-life-threatening emergencies, Lee Health asks people to use the emergency room only for urgent situations. People with COVID-19 symptoms or those wanting a COVID-19 test should not be going to the emergency room, said Dr. Larry Antonucci, president and CEO of Lee Health. Lee Health also is restricting visitation in emergency departments until further notice at Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital, WINK News reports.

 

BOBBY YANKS BURGERS DEBUTS IN NORTH NAPLES 

A new local hamburger spot launched July 28 in North Naples. Bobby Yanks Burgers features half-pound patties served with sauces made in-house and fresh-cut vegetables on brioche buns. “We don’t mess around,” says Peter Karey, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Stacy. Bobby Yanks replaces Locale Eatery, which closed last year in the retail strip next to NCH North Naples Hospital campus at the intersection of Goodlette-Frank and Immokalee roads. Until December 2018, it was home to Sweet Caroline’s café for two decades. Karey’s unique five-step cooking process for his burgers includes sous vide and char-broiling. “I want a burger that people remember,” he says. A brief menu of all-American comfort food also includes seven burger specialties, four varieties of fries, a couple of sandwiches, chicken wings, onion rings, salad and milkshakes. Bobby Yanks Burgers, 11121 Health Park Blvd, Suite 300, is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but closed Mondays. 

 

LEE HEALTH OFFERING FREE TELEHEALTH VISITS

Lee Health is offering free urgent care telehealth visits as a response to the current surge in COVID-19 cases. If someone is experiencing COVID-like symptoms, the telehealth provider can evaluate the severity and make recommendations for testing, isolation and symptom management. Patients using the telehealth service can seek treatment and receive a prescription for various conditions, including cold and flu, sinus infections, sprains and strains, rashes, pink eye, headaches, urinary tract infections and allergies. Providers can also write prescriptions and make additional referrals as necessary. The normal cost of the visit is $49. For more information about Lee TeleHealth, click here.

 

AAA: GAS PRICES HOLD STEADY AT $2.97 PER GALLON

Florida gas prices have seen little change during the past week, according to AAA. The state average of $2.97 per gallon is the same as last week. Florida drivers are now paying 4 cents per gallon less than a month ago; 81 cents per gallon more than a year ago; 43 cents per gallon more than Aug.1, 2019; and $45 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline. “July was the most expensive month at the pump since October 2014,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Florida gas prices remain elevated due to tightening global supplies, as demand recovers from the pandemic. “Florida gas prices averaged $2.99 per gallon, in July 2021. The monthly average was 89 cents more than what drivers paid in July 2020, and 35 cents more than July 2019.” Punta Gorda remains one of the least expensive regional metro markets, at $2.88 per gallon.

 

HERTZ APPOINTS FEIKIN TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Estero-based Hertz Global Holdings Inc. announced Monday that Jennifer Feikin has joined its board of directors. Feikin is an independent board member of several American Funds and Capital Group Companies mutual funds and also serves on the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy of California. She brings significant experience as a leader in strategic product development and digital innovation for large global companies, said Greg O’Hara, chairman of the board. With the appointment, Hertz’s board now has nine directors. 

 

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THE FRANTZ EYECARE OPTOMETRIC TEAM WELCOMES BHANDARI

Shreya Bhandari has joined Frantz EyeCare’s optometry team serving locations in Lee and Charlotte counties, announced Dr. Jonathan M. Frantz, chief surgeon and medical director of Frantz EyeCare. Bhandari received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, followed by her Bachelor of Vision Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from NOVA Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. Bhandari is trained in diagnosing and treating patients with eye disease and providing comprehensive eye care.

 

ZINNLAW ANNOUNCES NEW ASSOCIATE

ZinnLaw has welcomed Thomas J. Visone to the firm as an associate attorney. Visone obtained his law degree from the University of Dayton and his Master of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University. In his 11-year career, he has served as a patent examiner and a litigation attorney. Visone will concentrate his practice in the areas of contract law, real estate disputes, and construction litigation. ZinnLaw is a boutique law firm that focuses on the practice areas of contracts, real estate, construction, and bankruptcy, with offices in Naples and Fort Myers. 

 

SAFE AND SOUND OPENS NEW SHOWROOM IN NAPLES 

Safe and Sound has opened its newest showroom at 2900 Tamiami Trail N., near downtown Naples. The new location will serve as the largest retail custom safe showroom in Collier County and the only architectural hardware showroom in the city of Naples, the company states. The showroom officially opened on May 1 and is open to the public and the trades. A safe room and a hidden gun room are being built at the new showroom and will be announced after completion. Mark Gabel founded Safe and Sound in 2008. 

 

OCTOBER SPECIAL SECTION: FACES OF GULFSHORE BUSINESS 2021

The October 2021 issue of Gulfshore Business magazine will include a special advertising section featuring the FACES of Gulfshore Business 2021. For advertising inquiries, please contact Associate Publisher Chris Renstrom at 239-498-8517 or chris.renstrom@gulfshorebusiness.com.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Enterprise Holdings awards $42,000 to area nonprofits

Enterprise Holdings, through the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, is awarding approximately $42,000 in grants to local nonprofits to address social and racial equity gaps facing local youth and families. The benefiting Southwest Florida organizations include Big Brothers Big Sisters Suncoast, Florida YouthShine, 100 Black Men of SW Florida, AMI Kids Inc., Earn to Learn FL Inc., Girls Inc. of Sarasota, Guadalupe Center, Pace Center for Girls and Step Up Suncoast Inc. The local grant is part of Enterprise Holdings’ ROAD Forward initiative, a five-year $55 million commitment to drive change in communities across three key areas: early childhood development, youth health and wellness, and career and college preparation. Grant recipients were selected from hundreds of nominations by Enterprise employees.

 

RCMA receives grant from United Way of Collier and the Keys

RCMA (Redlands Christian Migrant Association), a nonprofit provider of early childhood education, received a $37,500 grant from the United Way of Collier and the Keys from an application submitted earlier in the year. The funds will support RCMA’s Head Start match requirement for its Collier County-based family child care home partners as well as scholarships for children in its Immokalee Community School afterschool program through March 31. Headquartered in Immokalee and celebrating its 56th anniversary this year, RCMA serves 6,500 children and their families in 21 Florida counties.

 

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