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April 6, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Physicians' Primary Care Physicians named Castle Connolly 'Top Doctors'

Five physicians with Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida have been named "Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York.

Family Medicine physician Charles Curtis, M.D., Pediatrician Georgia Rocha-Rodriguez, M.D., and Obstetrician/Gynecologists Paul Joslyn, M.D., Blaise Kovaz, M.D., and Sarah Krauss, M.D., received the honor. Curtis, Joslyn and Kovaz are repeat winners from 2013 - 2017. Krauss and Rocha-Rodriguez were honored in 2016 and 2017.

Joslyn, Kovaz and Krauss practice at the Physicians' Primary Care Ob/Gyn office at 1265 Viscaya Parkway in Cape Coral. Curtis is a family medicine physician at 1255 Viscaya Parkway in Cape Coral.

Selections are made through a national survey of physicians and hospital administrators conducted by Castle Connolly, an independent research and information company that is the nation's leading provider of information on top physicians. After the votes are tallied, Castle Connolly ensures that the physicians meet the company's criteria, which include board certification, years of experience in their specialties, and a clean disciplinary record.

Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida, a physician-owned and operated medical practice, was formed in 1996 by many long practicing local physicians and has grown to become the largest independent multi-specialty primary care practice in Southwest Florida.

Medical specialties include family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. PPC's offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres.

Lee Health Solutions offering 'It's All About You' chronic disease self-management program

Lee Health's Lee Health Solutions, in partnership with many local community agencies and supported in part initially by a grant from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, is offering "It's All About You" a research based Chronic Disease Self-Management program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig of Stanford University.

The program is designed for people 18 years of age or older with chronic health conditions to help them learn ways to better manage their chronic conditions and the symptoms that often accompany chronic health conditions.

The workshop is 2.5 hours once a week for 6 weeks and it is FREE.

The workshops will be offered on:

Saturdays, beginning April 7, from 9-11:30 a.m., at the Wellness Center of Cape Coral, 609 SE 13th Court, Cape Coral.

Tuesdays, beginning April 17, from 9-11:30 a.m., at the Life Care Center of Estero, 1850 Williams Road, Estero.

For more information or to register, please call 239-343-9264.

Gulf Coast Medical Center Designated Baby-Friendly facility

Gulf Coast Medical Center received prestigious international recognition from Baby-Friendly USA when the hospital was named a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility.

Baby-Friendly USA Inc. is the United States authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills they need to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 502 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States.

The "Baby-Friendly" re-designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

To learn more about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, visit

Gulf Coast Medical Center is located at the corner of Daniels Parkway and Metro Parkway in Fort Myers.

Nygaard promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Lee Health

Scott Nygaard, M.D., MBA, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Lee Health. In his new role, Nygaard will be responsible for all clinical operations throughout the health system, including all hospitals, ambulatory, post-acute and ancillary services.

Nygaard joined Lee Health in 2010 as the Chief Medical Officer for Lee Physician Group. While in that role, he aligned the management structure across all employed physicians and developed a cohesive Lee Physician Group brand. He also helped initiate the Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the community. Dr. Nygaard also successfully redesigned the hospitalist medicine program to achieve an integrated approach across the health system's hospital campuses.

In 2016, Nygaard was promoted to Chief Medical Officer for the health system and most recently served as Chief Medical and Clinical Integration Officer. He will retain the duties of the Chief Medical and Clinical Integration Officer and further assess the need to replace this role.

Before joining Lee Health, Dr. Nygaard served as senior vice president of Corporate Services at Via Christi Health System in Wichita, Kan., and at Affinity Health System in Appleton, Wis., where he served as the Chief Medical Officer responsible for Affinity's multispecialty group practice.

Scherer appointed assisted living nurse manager at Cypress Cove

Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida has appointed healthcare professional Jamie Scherer as assisted living nurse manager for its assisted living community (The Inn) and its assisted living memory care facility (The Cottage).

Scherer comes to the South Fort Myers Life Plan community after serving the past eight years in healthcare management positions. The registered nurse has worked in healthcare for the past 25 years. At Cypress Cove, Scherer is responsible for overseeing the daily hiring, managing, training and development of scheduling for all nursing and care personnel at The Inn and The Cottage.

Prior to joining the Cypress Cove staff, Scherer worked at another Southwest Florida Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Cypress Cove, a not-for-profit organization, opened in 1999 and is a Life Plan Community (formerly known as a continuing care retirement community). Located on a 48-acre campus at HealthPark Florida in South Fort Myers, Cypress Cove is home to more than 600 residents and offers a full complement (471) of quality living options (independent living, home health, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care assisted living and rehabilitative care).

Prendiville, Newlon form collaboration at Facial Plastic Surgery Center

Facial Plastic Surgeons Dr. Stephen Prendiville and Dr. James L. Newlon have formed a collaboration at the Facial Plastic Surgery Center. The two surgeons share space at Prendiville's offices at 9407 Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers.

Newlon has more than 12 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon and is the current chairman of otolaryngology for the Lee Health system. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

Prendiville is the only fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon in Fort Myers who is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

All surgeries are performed at Prendiville's state-of-the-art Surgical Center adjacent to his office in South Fort Myers at 9407 Cypress Lake Drive. The Surgical Center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, which is the largest accrediting body for outpatient surgical facilities in the United States.

For more information, visit and

Saveanu headlines luncheon hosted by SalusCare May 14

Award-winning mental health expert Dr. Radu V. Saveanu of the University of Miami will discuss the latest advances in mental health treatment at a special luncheon hosted by SalusCare Monday, May 14.

"Shattering the Stigma," presented in honor of Mental Health Month, will be at the Broadway Palm at 11:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 11 a.m.

Saveanu and his colleagues assisted a local family as it struggled to find the correct mental health diagnosis for a young adult son. Through videos and honest first-hand accounts, Saveanu and this family will share the journey that ultimately led to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Saveanu is currently a professor and vice chairman for education in the University of Miami's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has special expertise in psychotherapy and conducts clinical research in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

Tickets are $45 with lunch and $60 with CEUs for mental health professionals and may be purchased at

For more information about the luncheon, contact Todd Cordisco at 239-791-1575.


SalusCare Inc. is a comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment program in Southwest Florida, serving nearly 16,000 people per year of all ages from seven locations in Lee County. The non-profit organization offers crisis stabilization, detox, outpatient, residential treatment, community-based services and an Employee Assistance Program for more than 50 area companies.

The majority of programs are accredited by CARF, the Com-mission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

SalusCare services are not free. Fees are charged on a sliding scale, based on family income. In many cases, private insurance is accepted. SalusCare is a United Way partner agency.



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