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July 27, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Physicians Primary Care of Southwest Florida welcomes Biddison

Ann Biddison has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an advanced registered nurse practitioner.

She will assist family practice physicians at the Cape Coral Family Practice office at 1255 Viscaya Parkway.

She has more than 40 years of experience as a nurse and family nurse practitioner in urgent care centers, hospitals and primary care practices in Panama City, Lake City, St. Petersburg and Cape Coral.

She also has worked as a faculty member and instructor at Northwestern Michigan School of Nursing and St. Petersburg Junior College School of Nursing.

She is certified as an advanced registered nurse practitioner and in advanced cardiac Life Support.

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 physician-owned primary care practice in Southwest Florida. Offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres. For more information, visit

Lee Health to temporarily inactivate kidney transplant program

Lee Health has announced that the Lee Health Transplant Institute at Gulf Coast Medical Center is temporarily and voluntarily inactivating its deceased donor kidney program, ef-fective Aug. 16, 2018. This inactive period is due to a temporary lack of surgical availability, and the program plans to reactive in early December 2018.

During this temporary inactivation period the transplant clinic will remain open, and patients will continue to receive their pre and post-transplant nephrology care at Gulf Coast Medical Center.

All patients of the kidney transplant clinic have been notified of the inactivation period via mail, and Lee Health has staff available to assist in transferring wait list time to any active transplant center in the state. Patients were also provided with a list of active centers and information from the United Network for Organ Sharing.

The transplant team will continue to evaluate patients for potential future transplantation, and those who have decided to transfer their waitlist time to another location will be able to transfer it back to Lee Health upon program reactivation.

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Facial Plastic Surgery Center welcomes Newlon, to raise funds for Captains For Clean Water

Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville welcomed Dr. James L. Newlon to the Facial Plastic Surgery Center on Cypress Lake Drive during an open house July 19.

The facial plastic surgeons also announced that they are teaming up to raise money to support Captains For Clean Water, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for and protecting South Florida's water resources.

Patients and friends attended the open house to meet Dr. Newlon and hear about their efforts to help Captains For Clean Water. Both physicians and the Assuage Luxury Spa will donate 10 percent of their income from injectables and filler sales to the non-profit for the entire month of August. The offer will be extended to Assuage Luxury Spa locations in both Fort Myers and Naples, where Dr. Prendiville serves as medical director.

The fund-raiser will include all injectables and fillers offered by both physicians.

The two facial plastic surgeons share space at Dr. Prendiville's offices at 9407 Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers. For information, visit and

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida named most beautiful Hospital in United States

Lee Health recently announced that Soliant, a leading specialty health care staffing provider and part of the Adecco Group, has named Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida as Soliant's Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S. for 2018.

Golisano Children's Hospital was selected as the 2018 winner after more than 250,000 votes were cast nationally. The hospital treats more than 25,000 patients annually and is the only accredited children's hospital between Tampa and Miami.

Golisano Children's Hospital opened its new facility in 2017, and currently contains 128 patient beds in rooms designed to help patients and their families feel at home.

The hospital is planning a public party in its Cohen Family Garden to celebrate the recognition. Joining HealthPark Medical Center (#5, 2014 and #18, 2016) and Gulf Coast Medical Center (#13, 2013 and #2, 2014), Golisano Children's Hospital is the third Lee Health hospital recognized as one of Soliant's Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.

To learn more about Soliant's Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S., visit:

Established in 1994, Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a "Top Hospital" by The Leapfrog Group for the past two years. It is the only recognized children's hospital between Tampa and Miami.

For additional information about the facility, visit



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