Gulfshore Business Daily: November 16

Lead Photo: Healthcare Network receives grant extension to continue free mental health support for essential frontline workers and their families through the holidays. Details below. Credit: Shutterstock

 

Video courtesy WINK News

NCH PREPARING FOR VACCINE ARRIVAL WITH NEW DEEP FREEZERS

Naples-based NCH Healthcare System hopes to be at the forefront of getting the COVID-19 vaccine out to the community once it’s available. Because the proposed vaccine needs to be stored at -94 degrees Fahrenheit, Pfizer says dry ice can keep its vaccine cool during transport, but it’s up to the health care providers after that. Those facilities could use dry ice as well, but because of the pandemic, CO2 has faced a shortage and bottleneck, which is used in the making of dry ice. And that could impact who gets the vaccine and when. NCH has two new freezers being installed this week specifically for the new coronavirus vaccine. NCH said each freezer cost about $15,000, and the hospital system put in the orders about two months ago in anticipation of the vaccine’s arrival. The health care system has also been working to obtain Regeneron, the same drug used to treat President Trump, once it becomes available, WINK News reports.
 
 

SWFL COUNTIES NAMED AMONG ‘PLACES SOCIAL SECURITY GOES THE FURTHEST’ LIST

Several Southwest Florida counties have been named in SmartAsset’s list of “Places Social Security Goes the Furthest” in Florida. The financial company measured Social Security income, cost of living data and taxes in counties across the U.S. to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security. Places, where Social Security income goes furthest toward covering the local cost of living, are the places that rank highest in the study. Collier County ranked No. 4, followed by Charlotte County at No. 7 and Lee County at No. 9. The full study, methodology and interactive map can be found here.
 

FLORIDA DEVELOPER BREAKS GROUND ON PUBLIX-ANCHORED FIDDLER’S CREEK PLAZA

Halvorsen Holdings, a real estate developer base in Boca Raton, recently broke ground on Fiddler’s Creek Plaza, a 60,000-square-foot shopping center in Collier County. This Publix-anchored center is scheduled to be completed by early summer 2021 at U.S. 41 East and Sandpiper Drive, the future east entrance to the Fiddler’s Creek residential community. The land was purchased in early 2020 by Halvorsen for $3.3 million. The 48,000-square-foot Publix will be one of the company’s newest prototypes, featuring a drive-thru pharmacy and an updated layout with a mezzanine level. The 12,000 square feet of retail space available includes a 2,925-square-foot endcap restaurant space with an outdoor patio. Three outparcels are available for sale or ground lease. 
 

SIMPLE BEAUTY MEDICAL SPA OPENS IN NORTH NAPLES

Barron Collier Cos. announces the opening of Simple Beauty Medical Spa in its North Naples retail plaza, Creekside Corners. Simple Beauty Medical Spa is an expansion of the already existing hair salon that opened its doors in fall 2016.  Simple Beauty has added a wide array of medical services including injectables, laser hair removal, IPL and sublative face treatments and body sculpting to their menu of salon services. Clients may choose to pay per service or join as a monthly member. Medical Spa Memberships range in price from $54.99 to $199 and hair salon monthly memberships range in price from $24.99 to $129.99. For more information, visit simplebeautystudio.com or call 239-431-5339.
 

IN THE KNOW

 

MORAN WEALTH MANAGEMENT HIRES KARR

Moran Wealth Management, an investment management practice based in Naples, has added Margaret Karr to its team as a financial advisor trainee. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she brings eight years of public company investor relations and communications experience to her new role at Moran. She most recently held the position of vice president, head of investor relations for Two Harbors Investment Corp. Karr also serves as a co-district enrollment director for Dartmouth College in Southwest Florida and is a member of the South Florida Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).

 

Michael Philpott

SUFFOLK WELCOMES PHILPOTT TO TEAM

Suffolk recently hired Michael Philpott as director, people and culture for its South Region. Philpott has more than a decade of senior human resources leadership with proven success managing matrixed teams in global locations, including for a Fortune 200 company with annual revenue of $14 billion and 50,000 employees. He is experienced in both human resources operations and strategic human capital management with diverse experience in talent management, talent acquisition, change management, organizational design, and diversity and inclusion. Philpott, a fourth-generation military service member, is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School and served as an infantry captain during multiple deployments overseas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The Citadel, a master’s degree in human resources development from Clemson University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. 
 

SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK HIRES SMITH

Amber Morgan Smith has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a loan processor in the bank’s loan operations division at the Downtown Branch, located at 1533 Hendry Street, Fort Myers. She is responsible for assembling, reviewing and verifying the accuracy and completion of loan documentation; coordinating with underwriters, and acting as a liaison between customers and the bank.
 

Elisa Bowersox

BOWERSOX EARNS AICPA NOT-FOR-PROFIT CERTIFICATION

Elisa Bowersox, manager in accounting and tax with Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. (MNMW), has received the Not-for-Profit Certificate I from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA). With this certification, Bowersox has a deeper understanding of the accounting concepts, as well as the financial and fiduciary responsibilities, that apply to not-for-profit organizations and can assist in strategic planning for organizational success. Bowersox is a graduate of Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has more than 15 years of public accounting experience with specialties in individual, business, and non-profit tax planning and preparation.  
 
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Healthcare Network to continue free mental health support for essential frontline workers through the holidays

Healthcare Network has been awarded a grant extension from the medical aid organization Direct Relief to provide essential workers and their families up to three free mental health sessions. The grant, supporting a total of 500 visits, has been extended from Nov. 14 to March 31, 2021. By providing these free sessions, Healthcare Network aims to equip essential workers and their family members with coping tools and strategies to help combat the mental health impacts of COVID-19, the unusual holiday season and other upcoming challenges through visits with a behavioral health provider. Essential workers who are interested in making appointments with a Healthcare Network behavioral health provider should call 239-658-3000. Appointments are available via telehealth or at a Healthcare Network location. Learn more at HealthcareSWFL.org/Direct-Relief.
 
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