Safety Council

Engage Estero Safety Council is made of volunteers serving as a voice for the citizens of greater Estero on safety and transportation priorities and issues. We advocate for related solutions to Village, County, and State Government organizations.

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Traffic on Corkscrew Road – Traveling East Corkscrew Road. Is it Safer?

Traffic on Corkscrew Road – Traveling East Corkscrew Road. Is it Safer?

East Corkscrew Road had improvements in 2014/2015 to help with traffic, but it was not enough. Lee County Department of Transportation (LDOT) collaborated with the developer as the Wild Blue Estero, FL development was planned and approved. LDOT required the Wild Blue east entrance to line up with Bella Terra Blvd.

In 2018, with road impact fees, LDOT installed a traffic signal at Bella Terra Blvd and Corkscrew Road. In April 2021, East Corkscrew Road widening, Phase I (Ben Hill Griffin to the east border of Bella Terra) started. As the Rivercreek development was planned and approved, working with LDOT, their entrance was aligned with the west entrance of Wild Blue. In 2023, the Rivercreek developer, GL Homes, worked with LDOT to fund a traffic signal. There is still hope the Wild Blue community will pay their fair share, as the warrants are not there for LDOT to fund a traffic signal.

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The State of Development: GECR Quarter 3, 2023

The State of Development: GECR Quarter 3, 2023

September 2023 Greater Estero Community Report Our 3rd GECR provides an essential update on the various building developments that will likely be scheduled in greater Estero over the next few years, together with an update on what changes we can expect regarding our...

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Environment Council

Engage Estero Environment Council is a volunteer group focusing on improving water and air quality and mitigating and eliminating the effects of climate warming in greater Estero.

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Health Council

Engage Estero Community Health Council comprises health* and safety-minded volunteers who think about community health comprehensively with a common desire to improve the overall health of the citizens of greater Estero.

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Your Healthcare Actions for 2024

Your Healthcare Actions for 2024

Health: Your Healthcare Actions for 2024                  In the early part of the New Year, taking stock of your health and the actions you should consider to help minimize your reliance on physicians and other healthcare...

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What helps to enhance Longevity?

What helps to enhance Longevity?

What helps to enhance Longevity?During the recent Engage Estero Community Meeting on January 25th at the Estero Recreational Center, Jodi Walborn, Blue Zones, and Policy Lead discussed the thought-provoking but realistic insight into what we can do to increase our...

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Education Council

Engage Estero mobilizes volunteers in our schools, sponsors scholarships, and promotes the involvement of the community through announcements and public forums.

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Updates on Issues of Impact

Engage Estero believes the best way to get a community involved is to make sure they are aware of the issues impacting their future, and know how to impact those decisions before they are made. We conduct and publish original research and articles aimed at getting residents Engaged.

The ECCL supports these and other efforts to attract the best talent in healthcare to south Lee County.
On Match Day, Friday, March 16, the eight, new, first-year, family medicine residents who will be completing their training at Lee Health were revealed by The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Residency Program. Our new residents include:
·         Kathleen “Katie” Dixon from Lake Mary, Fla.
·         Jerry Lanza from Belize
·         Tatianna Pizzutto from Clearwater, Fla.
·         John Schmidt from Hattiesburg, Miss.
·         Miri Shlomi from Orange, Ohio
·         Diana Sitar from Las Vegas, Nevada
·         Tyler Spradling from Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
·         Renee Wong from Toronto, Canada
“This is the sixth year of our residency program, and we have built a strong reputation as a place to train and the interest in our program is proof of that,” explains Gary Goforth, M.D., Founding Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health. “This year, we received about 1,800 formal applications and more than 200 requests for information. We interviewed 65 applicants and filled all eight of our positions through the National Residency Matching Program.”
In addition to the high level of interest and significant number of applications, Dr. Goforth says the caliber of residents is high and those we were matched with are academically strong. “They are high-scoring, bright, passionate doctors,” he says. “Our new residents for the class of 2021 are interested in caring for the underserved; and many of them are also interested in global medicine.” Last year, the local program was approved to expand from 18 to 24 residents; this is the first class of eight, first-year residents at Lee Health.
Since the program started in 2012, and including our 2018 graduates, 18 doctors will have graduated from The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health. So far, Dr. Goforth says all of the graduates of our program have passed the American Board of Family Medicine board certification exam on their first attempt. And, the majority of the graduates (13 of the 18 or 68%) practice medicine in the Fort Myers/Naples area. Two graduates of the residency program were accepted into fellowship programs with one planning to return to the area to practice medicine following his fellowship.
Statistically about 60% of residents will practice medicine in the same area in which they were trained. We’re seeing that with our program, and that was the goal—to help abate primary care physician shortages in our area.
It is our honor and duty as a safety net hospital system to help train the next generation of doctors who will hopefully stay in our area to continue our tradition of caring for our community. Please join me in welcoming our new resident physicians.
Yours in Health,
Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA
President & CEO, Lee Health