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Lee County Businesses Honored
At Horizon Healthy Business Awards
In recognition of their outstanding commitment to employee wellness, three local
businesses received the 2015 Horizon Council Healthy Business Awards held on
August 26 at the Lee County Workplace Wellness Summit.
Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands was honored with the Small Business
Award for the company’s long-term, comprehensive commitment to workplace well-
ness. The company has provided a variety of activities and initiatives for its employees
since 2007 through its A Better Way To Wellness program that provides monetary
incentives and reimbursements for its employees to encourage healthy lifestyles. The
wellness program offers health assessments for employees as well as opportunities to
participate in fitness challenges and competitions. The company contributes a yearly
budget of approximately $20,000 to fund activities and incentives for its wellness
program. Throughout the years, Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands has seen
a significant positive impact on the workplace environment and its employees through
the implementation of this program. Currently, 40 employees are participating in the
program, for a 95 percent involvement rate.
The Mid-Sized Business Award was granted to the Housing Authority of the City
of Fort Myers. The organization formed its Working On Wellness (WOW) employee
wellness program in 2013 to provide a workplace environment that supports anyone’s
desire to make healthy lifestyle choices. In order to do this, the Housing Authority of
the City of Fort Myers has provided employees with a variety of offsite fitness options,
including boot camps, outdoor fitness groups and gym memberships. The Housing
Authority of the City of Fort Myers also offers monthly Lunch & Learn discussions and
has a state-of-the-art gym onsite for employees to use before and after work hours.
The organization also has designed a year-long Annual Fitness Challenge that operates
on a point-based system and provides a variety of rewards and incentives to encourage
employee participation. The organization dedicates $20,000 each year to fund activi-
ties and incentives. Since its creation two years ago, the WOW program has attained
more than 60 percent employee participation and has resulted in a variety of benefits
for employees, including a healthier working environment, improved employee morale
and more active employees.
The Large Business Award was given to Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC).
The not-for-profit company has a total of 241 employees participating in the wellness
program, which was formed in 2008 and became one of the organization’s corporate
objectives in 2012. LCEC’s program provides a wide variety of resources, activities
and opportunities for its employees to inspire healthy habits. LCEC offers an onsite
fitness center for employees and their dependents age 14 and above and also provides
partial reimbursement for fitness facility fees and entry fees for running events, races
and marathons. LCEC also offers subsidized onsite personal training, nutrition coun-
seling, and fitness classes; an annual wellness fair; onsite clinic; health portal; onsite
organic gardens and fruit trees; fitness challenges and competitions; wellness lunch and
learn sessions; and a variety of incentives for employees. LCEC dedicates $295,700
annually to fund reimbursements and incentives, the wellness center and annual health
Hosted in partnership with the Horizon Foundation, the Chamber of Southwest
Florida, SHRM of SWFL and Healthy Lee, the Workplace Wellness Summit featured
presentations from Dr. Marc Braman MD, MPH, founding member of the American
College of Lifestyle Medicine and owner of Northwest Lifestyle Medicine, Inc. and
Mike Smith, chief information officer for Lee Memorial Health System and member of
Health Information Systems Executive Association. A panel discussion was also held by
medical carriers, highlighting wellness programs and incentives.
For more information, visit www.LeeCountyBusiness.com or call 338-3161.
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers received the 2015 Horizon Council Healthy
Business Award in the mid-sized business category at the Lee County Workplace
Wellness Summit on August 26
Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) was honored at the Lee County Workplace
Wellness Summit’s 2015 Horizon Council Healthy Business Awards for the large business
The Small Business Award was presented to Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands
at the recent Lee County Workplace Wellness Summit’s 2015 Horizon Council Healthy
HealthPark Offering New
OB/GYN Hospitalist Program
The birth of a new baby is an exciting time for families. Now, mothers in labor
at HealthPark Medical Center can have peace of mind that a board-certified
OB/GYN Hospitalist is available at the hospital 24/7 to ensure specialized
obstetrics care through the delivery process. The new OB/GYN Hospitalists coordi-
nate care with the family obstetrician, extending a safety net for their patients, but
does not replace them.
Hospitalists are physicians who specialize solely in caring for patients who are hos-
pitalized, rather than those in a clinical office setting. OB/GYN hospitalists focus exclu-
sively on providing care for women in labor and delivery at the hospital. HealthPark
administrators worked with the OB Hospitalist Group, a national physician group spe-
cializing in obstetrical care, to set up the new program.
Donna Giannuzzi, Chief Administrative Officer at HealthPark and Chief Nursing
Officer for Lee Memorial Health System, notes the program will expand the existing
network of support.
“We work with the community’s OB/GYNs, family physicians doing obstetrical
work and certified nurse midwives to enhance continuity of care for pregnant women
and their babies. Hospitalists care for transfer patients with high-risk pregnancies and
provide emergency services for all obstetrics patients, including those with a private
physician, until that physician’s arrival at the hospital. The new OB Hospitalist pro-
gram underscores our commitment to quality care and safety in Women’s Services,”
Giannuzzi explained. “The OB Hospitalists strengthen the capabilities of the obstetrics
program at HealthPark.”
HealthPark is home to the area’s Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center (RPICC),
providing care for mothers during high-risk pregnancies, as well as care for low birth
weight or critically ill infants while they are in the womb and after birth.
The new OB hospitalist program includes a surgical team, anesthesiologists and
neonatologists available around the clock to provide care to high risk obstetrical
patients. Chris Jabaay, Director of Obstetrical Services at HealthPark, said that ensures
women in labor needn’t wait for pain relief. “A woman’s obstetrical care will never be
delayed; this is the kind of care and treatment we will want for our loved ones,” Jabaay
“As an obstetrician, the safety and well-being of patients is my number one con-
cern,” said Dr. Larry Antonucci, Chief Operations Officer for Lee Memorial Health
System. “When a mother is in labor, the sooner she is in the care of an OB specialist,
the better the outcome for mother and child. Getting to the hospital can be delayed by
visits with other patients in the office or delivery room, and especially in high season
by traffic. The OB Hospitalists will ensure appropriate care for patients, until the arrival
of the community physician. In the event of an emergency, it is reassuring for physi-
cians to know their patients will be seen by a specialist immediately at the hospital.”
Three OB/GYN Hospitalists are now onboard at HealthPark Medical Center: C.
Kevin Burlison, M.D . (team lead), Joseph F. Lang, M.D ., FACOG and Melvin H. Seid,
Learn more online at www.leememorial.org.
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