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Community & Membership Meeting: Proton Therapy for Cancer

Learn about why Proton Therapy can provide an important alternative to traditional radiation treatment. This form of treatment which was only available in other parts of the USA now means that residents will have this form of treatment on their doorstep.

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Estero Park & Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd
Estero, FL 33928 United States
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Village of Estero Meetings

01 May
9:30 am
14 May
15 May
9:30 am
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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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Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero By Contributing Author, Mark Novitski, and Engage Estero Consultant.  Everyone has their definition of what determines road safety or, conversely, what makes our roads unsafe. In writing extensively about Corkscrew Road, I have...

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Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comprtroller Kevin Karnes is now offering an alert notification system for Lee County property owners to reduce fraud. When you sign-up, if a deed, mortgage, or other non-Court official record is recorded in your name, you will be...

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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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Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

The facts Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 300,000 lives annually. Approximately 95 percent of SCA victims die before they reach a hospital or receive medical attention. How Can We Help Reduce This...

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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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Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

By Mike Wasson, Director, Engage Estero The Village of Estero Council issued a Proclamation its Meeting on Wednesday, March 6th honoring 39 Estero High School Students who were presented the Cambridge Outstanding Learners Awards. In his remarks, Jon McLain, Village of...

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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