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Health News 2-14

February 14, 2020
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Verwest re-nominated for America's Best Dentist 2020

The National Consumer Advisory Board re-nominated Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD as one of America's best dentists for 2020. Dr. Verwest selection is based on a proprietary assessment of a dentist's experience, training, continuing education, and commitment to excellence to ensure the most impartial unbiased review of all applicants.

He's is a board certified diplomat of the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry with professional interests in the areas of pediatric pharmacology, biomaterials, and pediatric anesthesia. He believes in lifelong learning and continues his education by taking courses in pediatric sedation, pediatric oncology, sealants, prosthetics, pediatric cosmetic dentistry, pediatric materials, childhood growth and development, and more.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for over 28 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more information, visit or (239) 482-2722.

Lee Health promotes Daneshmand to chief officer over safety, quality

Lee Health has promoted K. Alex Daneshmand, D.O., MBA, FAAP, to chief quality and patient safety officer. In this role, Daneshmand will be responsible for quality and safety across Lee Health, including national hospital grading, hospital accreditations, conformance risk assessments and process improvement throughout the health system. He will also oversee infection prevention and continue leading Lee Health's safety program.

Dr. Daneshmand's experience leading quality and safety programs within Lee Health makes him an excellent fit for this high-profile, high-impact position.

Before this promotion, Daneshmand served as vice president for quality and safety for the health system, where he provided leadership to improve quality and safety across Lee Health in collaboration with physicians and staff. In the past year, Lee Health's adult, acute care hospitals have earned two straight "A" report cards from the Leapfrog Group and have consistently increased their Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings.

Daneshmand joined Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in 2007 as a physician in the pediatric intensive care unit. During his tenure with the hospital, he also served as founder and medical director of the pediatric procedural sedation center, on the oversight system medical staff quality services committee and as chairman of the pediatric medical staff quality committee. Daneshmand assumed the role of medical director of quality and safety at Golisano Children's Hospital in August 2015 and served as acute care medical officer for the facility until 2018.

Daneshmand earned his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale. He completed a pediatric residency at Michigan State University and Sparrow Hospital in East Lansing, Mich., as well as a pediatric intensive care fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Daneshmand also earned his Master of Business Administration at Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at

Lee Health Hospitals again earn top marks for stroke care

Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital each earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award the highest possible level.

HealthPark Medical Center received "Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award."

These awards are based on the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for a speedy recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Get With The Guidelines Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. It uses the "teachable moment" after a patient has a stroke and when they are most likely to listen to and follow their health care professionals' guidance. Before discharge, patients receive education on managing their health, schedule a follow-up visit and other care transition interventions.

To achieve the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus recognition, hospitals must administer clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) medication within 60 minutes of arrival to the facility in 75 percent or more of eligible acute ischemic strokes and within 45 minutes of arrival in 50 percent of eligible acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA.

Offering 24/7 neurointerventional coverage with a full team of specialists, support staff, a dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit for stroke patients and a dedicated neurointerventional suite equipped with state-of-the-art biplane angiography systems, Gulf Coast Medical Center provides lifesaving care around-the-clock and close to home. Gulf Coast Medical Center also is Lee County's only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Lee Commissioners approve agency contracts for operation of Bob Janes Triage Center

The Lee Board of County Commissioners today authorized contracts with The Salvation Army and SalusCare to support operations of the Bob Janes Triage Center.

Open since April 2008, the Bob Janes Triage Center provides emergency shelter to people who are experiencing homelessness and might otherwise enter the criminal justice system. An estimated 800 people will receive shelter in the center during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2020.

The center operates as a multi-agency community collaboration. It is located on the campus of SalusCare, a community-based provider of substance abuse/mental health treatment services. It is managed by The Salvation Army 24 hours a day. Lee County Human & Veteran Services provides administrative services.

The center provides an alternative to incarceration or inappropriate use of hospital emergency departments for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. People served at the center, in addition to being in crisis, are at risk of being charged with a minor ordinance violation or non-violent offense, such as open container, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, loitering/prowling or trespass charges. More than 5,300 people have been served by the center.

Additional contracts may be executed with nonprofit agencies as specific needs are identified in the Homeless Continuum of Care Strategic Plan and/or the Gap Analysis.

SHINE Medicare counseling program seeks volunteers

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is announcing an exciting and rewarding opportunity to make a difference in the lives of elders and people with disabilities in Southwest Florida. The SHINE Program is seeking volunteers, including bilingual volunteers, to assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers in Southwest Florida.

SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is operated locally through AAASWFL. Specially trained SHINE counselors help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to understand their health care options so they can make the best decisions for their individual needs. The SHINE mission is to provide free and unbiased information about Medicare and Medicaid for beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers.

SHINE counselors can also help beneficiaries understand benefits available through Medicare, like preventive health care services. Additionally, SHINE counselors assist low-income Medicare beneficiaries with applying for cost-savings programs. As part of the national Senior Medicare Patrol program, counselors also educate beneficiaries to protect, detect, and report potential errors, fraud, and abuse with their Medicare coverage. In addition to providing one-on-one counseling and support, SHINE volunteers may also deliver educational presentations in the community and participate in health fairs and outreach events.

IRequirements to become a SHINE volunteer include an interest in assisting seniors and people with disabilities, along with basic computer knowledge and internet navigation skills. A background in health care or insurance is not required. Specialized training and informational materials are provided to all SHINE volunteers.

Potential SHINE volunteers may contact Camilita Aldridge, SHINE Liaison, at (239) 652-6900 for more information about volunteer opportunities or to apply. Volunteer applications can also be found at the State of Florida's SHINE website at

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota Counties. AAASWFL is the state's designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. The organization is committed to connecting older adults and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity. More information is available at or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER).

Young joins Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida

Dr. Matthew L. Young has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician.

Young earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Western University of Health Science in Pomona, Calif., followed by residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in southern California. He has several years of experience as a family medicine physician in California at Riverside Medical Clinic and Molina Healthcare, where he was lead physician of two clinics.

He is board certified in Family Medicine.

Dr. Young will see patients at the Fort Myers Family Medicine office at 7381 College Parkway.

Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida, a physician-owned and operated medical practice, was formed in 1996 by many local physicians and has grown to become the largest physician-owned primary care practice in Southwest Florida. Medical specialties include family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics. Offices are conveniently located throughout Lee County. For more information, visit



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