Gulfshore Business Daily: November 8

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LEE HEALTH HOSPITALS EARN TOP SCORES FOR PATIENT SAFETY

Four Lee Health hospitals have earned “A” grades for patient safety for its second straight report card from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades. Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital each earned “A” grades—the highest possible ranking. In addition to all four campuses receiving the top grade, each hospital also improved its overall score from May’s report card. Leapfrog also publishes an annual list of the top children’s hospitals in the U.S. and has named Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida one of the 10 best in the country for the past three years. To learn more about Leapfrog’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades, visit http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/

 

LEETRAN TO RESUME SEASONAL DOWNTOWN TROLLEY SERVICE

LeeTran’s seasonal downtown trolleys will resume service on Nov. 20. Both the Blue and Gold Line trolleys provide free access to and from the Fort Myers River District. LeeTran trolleys allow for a fun and convenient way to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment, without having to drive and park downtown. The Blue Line runs through downtown Fort Myers. The Gold Line connects North Fort Myers to downtown Fort Myers. The seasonal downtown Fort Myers trolley service will run through April 2020. All schedules and route information can be found at RideLeeTran.com.

 

Brian Simon

SRMA TO DISCUSS PROPER PLANNING, MAXIMIZING VALUE

The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association will host a meeting on proper planning and maximizing value from 8-9:30 a.m. on Nov. 12 at the Lee County Economic Development Office in Fort Myers. “Business Continuity Planning and Enhancing Business Value for Manufacturing” is the topic for keynote speaker Brian Simon, a chartered financial consultant with Alliance Financial Group. Simon, who is also a chartered life underwriter and certified exit planner, helps business owners and successful professionals maximize net worth and plan for a successful future. He joined Alliance Financial Group in 2004 after a career as a sportscaster for WINK-TV. The cost to attend the roundtable is $10 for SRMA members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information, visit srma.net.

 

HODGES UNIVERSITY NAMED A BEST FOR VETS COLLEGE

Hodges University has been named a Best for Vets College for 2020 by Military Times in the four-year college category. Only 134 colleges nationally made this list, and Hodges University is one of eight colleges named in the state of Florida. This is the third consecutive year that Hodges University has been included. Nearly 12% of Hodges University’s student population are military veterans. Both Hodges University campuses include a Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center, where veteran students can relax, get community resources, and network with other veteran students. Each center has a director who is also veteran. Both campuses also have designated Veterans Parking spaces.

 

Jessica Stanfield

GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOUNDATION APPOINTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, has appointed Jessica Stanfield as its new executive director. In this role, Stanfield will be responsible for carrying out the nonprofit organization’s mission of ensuring that every abused, neglected and abandoned youth in Southwest Florida has a voice as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare systems. Stanfield will oversee fundraising and development, communications, event coordination and campaigns to broaden community awareness about the Guardian ad Litem program. Stanfield previously was the development director for Southwest Florida Symphony and the National Museum of Dance in New York, serving as programming and outreach coordinator. Stanfield earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

 

TRUE SPEC GOLF EXPANDS TO NAPLES

True Spec Golf is opening a new outdoor location in collaboration with Mark Durland of Naples Grande Golf Club. This affiliation is the latest in a string of partnerships that unites the nation’s top instructors with True Spec to provide a superior level of performance, a press release states. The new location features True Spec’s state-of-the-art fitting container. The container is stocked with a full studio fitting matrix, blueprint station, Loft and Lie machine, and Trackman. The fitting matrix boasts more than 30,000 club head and shaft combinations. The container is adjacent to a real grass hitting area. The Naples Grande Golf Club is the first facility in Southwest Florida to feature an outdoor True Spec experience. In partnership with GOLF Top 100 Teacher Durland, the True Spec container provides a new amenity to the Rees Jones-designed private course. Naples Grande joins more than 20 golf destinations to offer True Spec fitting. To celebrate the opening of True Spec Naples Grande, the new location will be offering 50% off all fittings through Dec. 31. To schedule a fitting, visit www.truespecgolf.com/naples-grande.

 

Kristina Gear

PREFERRED TRAVEL OF NAPLES PROMOTES GEAR

Preferred Travel of Naples has appointed Kristina Gear as the agency’s new managing director. Gear will continue to coordinate the team of independent contractors and she will also be responsible for the daily operations for the agency, assisting with event planning and making executive decisions on behalf of management when the owner is not available. Gear started with Preferred Travel in 2013 as administrative assistant to Wilma Boyd, founder of Preferred Travel. Before her most recent promotion, she served as IC team manager. Born and raised in Naples, Gear graduated from University of South Florida with a bachelor’s in business administration and minor in leadership in 2013.

 

THREE-DAY INTENSIVE CERTIFICATE IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT OFFERED

The Florida Association of Nonprofits will be offering a three-day intensive Sunshine Certificate in Nonprofit Management on Nov. 16-18 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. Individuals who complete the 11-class course and related assignments earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and have created all the collateral pieces required for a proposal. Certification provides skills including fundraising, creating an organizational proposal, empowering vision from mission to action plan, and nonprofit accounting. To attend or for more information, please go to www.fano.org or call (305) 557-1764.

 

CLA PROMOTES FOUR

CLA has promoted the following team members: Alexandra Mitchell, senior, manufacturing and distribution; Lisandra Escalona, senior, BizOps; Thomas Slusarski, senior, construction; and John Lawton, Senior, nonprofit. CLA exists to create opportunities for its clients through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services. It has more than 6,100 people, 120 U.S. locations and a global affiliation. For more information, visit CLAconnect.com. Investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor.

 

BEAUTIFUL HEALTH OPENS IN NAPLES

Beautiful Health, an all-natural beauty and health shop, has opened at 4947 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 105, in Naples. The business offers a wide variety of clean green natural skincare products as well as, hair, nail and body care, along with natural home cleaning options and more. Caroline Thonon is the founder of Beautiful Health. With over 18 years of experience in the wellness and beauty industry, Thonon is also a certified health coach. Besides organic and other types of products, Beautiful Health will also conduct health classes and workshops on a regular basis. For more information or for a workshop schedule, call (239) 241 5111 or please visit www.beautifulhealth.biz.

 

Charitable notes 

RMHC Southwest Florida announces plans for house expansion

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Southwest Florida announces plans for a house expansion that is scheduled to break ground in mid-November. Through silent fundraising, the organization has raised 80%, in cash and pledges, toward the capital campaign target of $3 million. A $500,000 Challenge Grant from the Clark Family Foundation will be used to encourage new donations from first-time donors and increased donations from previous donors. Campaign Co-chairs Jim Nathan and Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist kicked-off the capital campaign at a House Expansion Launch Party on Oct. 21 at the Ronald McDonald House.

 

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