CLINIC JOINS NATIONAL EFFORTS TO TARGET BLOOD PRESSURE
The Neighborhood Health Clinic has been asked to join the American Heart Association and American Medical Association in addressing high blood pressure (BP) through the Target BPTM program. Target BPTM provides Neighborhood Health Clinic patients living with high BP a free blood pressure cuff, charts to track their BP in the morning and evening, as well as additional batteries for the cuff. As part of the initiative, the clinic’s volunteer licensed registered nurses meet with patients individually to teach proper cuff use and how to track their results. As part of the collaboration, Neighborhood Health Clinic provides the Target BPTM program with resulting data, including total number of patients diagnosed with hypertension, total patient population and the number of patients who’ve successfully gained control of their high blood pressure through the initiative.
LEADERSHIP NEXT TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY’S COLLECTIVE IMPACT TODAY
Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will highlight the impact of a collective approach to entrepreneurial ecosystems during its program held from 5-7 p.m. today at WearTheFund, 93 Mildred Drive, Suite B, in Fort Myers. Led by Sam Lewis, founder of WearTheFund, and Jonathan Romine, program director of SecondMuse, the program will offer a discussion on how entrepreneurial ecosystems thrive when businesses and nonprofits are working together. Leadership NEXT attendees represent a variety of businesses and industries throughout Southwest Florida. Monthly sessions take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Leadership NEXT is free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for guests. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance at FortMyers.org.
CCIM MEETING TO INCLUDE MIDYEAR MARKET UPDATE
The Southwest Florida CCIM District will hold this month’s Marketing Meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on July 17 at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center. The event will include a midyear market update featuring a comprehensive review of the year’s trend-setting commercial real estate transactions for retail, office, industrial, investment, and land in Southwest Florida. Speakers include Adam Palmer of LandQwest Commercial; Jerry Messonnier of Lee & Associates; and Dan O’Berski, Trinity Commercial Group. Admission is $10 for district members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for Florida Gulf Coast University students. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available. Marketing flyers are encouraged for a “pitch session.” Register at https://www.flccim.com/sw-jul-mtg.
METTAUER ENVIRONMENTAL A FINALIST FOR TOP FLORIDA COMPANIES TO WATCH
Mettauer Environmental was among the first round of the 2019 Florida Companies to Watch finalists by GrowFL. Mettauer Environmental, based in Southwest Florida, focuses on lake bank and pond erosion repair, vegetation control, civil construction, and invasive species relocation. The business uses eco-friendly products. The GrowFL awards event, now in its ninth year, honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Chosen from 224 growing second-stage participants from throughout, Florida, this year’s applicants had a total revenue of $596 million and more than 3,000 employees. The Florida Companies to Watch program consists of two rounds of selections. Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated. The honorees for this year’s award will be announced in July. The ninth annual Florida Companies to Watch awards celebration will take place on Nov. 14 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando.
BONITA SPRINGS ROTARY CLUB ANNOUNCES OFFICERS
The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs has selected its new officers. Chris Riesen of Inspired Closets of Southwest Florida on July 1 began his one-year term as president of The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Other officers include Bob Lombardo, president-elect; Joe Murgalo, treasurer; Kae Moore, secretary; Roger Brunswick, sergeant-at-arms; and Claudie Delgado, immediate past-president. Additional directors for 2019-2020 include Donna Marcotte, Frank Mazzeo, Mary Saunders, Adam Botana, Jon Shaw, Vince Modarelli, Eileen Tasso, Brad Piotroski, and Len Eckert. The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs gave more than $60,000 of support for student scholarships and charitable endeavors under the leadership of 2018-2019 president Delgado, dentist at Bonita Estero Dental.
NAPLES ROTARY CLUB NAMES NEW OFFICERS
Jeff Galati, vice president, Private Wealth Management, Capital Wealth Advisors, has been elected president of The Rotary Club of Naples. Other officers include Tony Mendes, president-elect; Tim Ferguson, treasurer; Bryan Holmes, secretary; Keith Upson, sergeant-at-arms; Sue Cobb, executive secretary; and Lisa McCarthy, immediate past-president. In addition, directors for 2019-2020 include Hal Atzingen, Mia Delk, Mackenzie Fluharty, Julie Pedretti, Phil Regala, Larry Tomsic, and Patrick Woods. For more information, visit naplesrotary.org.
FRANTZ EYECARE WELCOMES GLAUCOMA SPECIALIST
Frantz EyeCare has hired board-certified glaucoma specialist Dr. Ira Perszyk to its medical team. Perszyk will see patients at all of Frantz EyeCare’s locations throughout Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Perszyk recently moved to Southwest Florida from Tampa after completing his fellowship in glaucoma at the University of South Florida Medical Center. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his residency at the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montana. Perszyk is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of glaucoma. He will also be performing Cataract Surgery at Frantz EyeCare’s AAAHC accredited Suncoast Surgery Center.
David Lawrence Center receives grant from SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.
SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. awarded David Lawrence Center (DLC) a $226,269 children’s behavioral health grant. SWFL Children’s Charities partnered with SWFL Community Foundation to administer the grant program. This was the first year DLC received funding from the charity. The grant will fund adolescent day treatment and inpatient children’s crisis stabilization services as well as two new positions designed to improve linkage and outreach services. SWFL Children’s Charities raises funds through the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. This year’s event, themed “Making Waves: Building Healthy Minds,” raised $1.79 million to enhance pediatric healthcare services and education programs in the five-county region. DLC was awarded more than half of the $516,775 proceeds raised from this year’s Live Auction Fund-A-Cause, which focused specifically on children’s mental and behavioral health services.
Pediatric Dentistry of Florida sponsors seventh annual Castles for Kids
Pediatric Dentistry of Florida is sponsoring the seventh annual Castles for Kids sand sculpting contest presented by the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. This children-friendly event is held on Aug. 7 at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples. Teams compete in a classic sand sculpting competition. Awards in multiple categories highlighted by the biggest sculpture to best Florida theme. This is the first sponsorship for the pediatric dental group in conjunction with Pediatric Dentistry of Florida’s opening of its new office located at 1035 Piper Blvd., Suite 103, in Naples. For more information on Castles for Kids, visit cmon.org/event/castles-kids-2019/.
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