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Stroke Care Update: Please Be Prepared

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System If you—or a loved one—are one of nearly 800,000 Americans who will suffer a stroke this year, it’s important to know the warning signs and where to go for immediate care. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. Closer to home: the average age citizen in Collier County and Lee County ... Read More »

Let’s Talk About Veins

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To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Safe to say, those of us in Southwest Florida tend to show more skin. Though our weather is wonderful and our pools are open year-round, there is no doubt that shorts and swimsuits become even more popular during the summer months. The result? Our veins are even more exposed than usual. And yes, this can be an unsettling thought for those who wish to keep their less-than-appealing veins under wraps. That said, it’s surprising how little the public knows about vein care and vascular surgery—specifically, the technological advancements in the ... Read More »

Health Care Heroes Are Everywhere

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO,  Physicians Regional Healthcare System A major part of my role as Market CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System is interacting with caregivers. As one would expect, this includes an exceptional group of physicians, nurses, clinicians and employees—those whom I am privileged to work alongside every day. The ability to witness their never-ending commitment to our patients—as seen through their focus on high quality, compassionate care—is truly inspirational. I also receive letters and emails from patients and their family members praising the care provided throughout our healthcare system. These truly make my day. We ... Read More »

To Your Health

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Scott Lowe CEO of Physicians Regional   Healthcare Emergency? Why Wait? It is that wonderful time of the year, when our weather is balmy and northern climates are frigid. When people pack up and head south for warmer days, and fun in the sun. Yes, season is here. And as our population swells, we also see increased time spent waiting. Whether it be in traffic, as there are more cars on the roads; in restaurants, as more diners enjoy our great local food; at the checkouts, as retail businesses have more shoppers; on golf courses, as people enjoy being able ... Read More »

Why New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter, Part Two

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System I have often wondered why so many people make New Year’s resolutions every year, yet few seem to follow though. And yes, I have been guilty of this as well. But who says the “New Year” has to start on January 1? When it comes to your health, the day YOU resolve to make positive changes could be defined as your personal New Year’s Day. As I look at my calendar, I see that the issue of Coastal Breeze News that will carry this specific column will hit newsstands on Friday, ... Read More »

Why New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter, Part One

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Well, we’re just a week or so after the dropping of the ball in Times Square—as well as the dropping of countless New Year’s Resolutions by seemingly well-intentioned Southwest Floridians. I have to be honest, I have been guilty of losing sight of my best intentions not long after settling into the next calendar year. Legend has it that New Year’s Resolutions date back to the Babylonians. Babylonia was an ancient Semitic state and cultural region based in central-southern Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). The Babylonians reportedly made promises to the gods in hopes they’d earn good favor in the ... Read More »

Part Two: The Physicians Regional- Marco Island Walk-In Clinic: Why wait?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Open to patients since February 11, 2013, Physicians Regional-Marco Island is a 9,000 square-foot facility located at The Shops of Marco at the corner of Barfield and San Marco Road. Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or a “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he or she may tell you it’s a “doctor’s office.” In fact, both are true. That said, Physicians Regional-Marco Island also offers physical therapy, rehab, lab and x-ray services. Today, I have enlisted the help of some of Marco’s most skilled ... Read More »

The Physicians Regional-Marco Island Walk-In Clinic: Why wait?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System—and one who strongly believes in the importance of patient education—there’s one thing I have discovered over the years: people often know less about us than we’d like to think. For example, take Physicians Regional-Marco Island. Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he or she may tell you it’s a “doctor’s office.” In fact, both statements are true. However, Physicians Regional-Marco Island also offers physical therapy, rehab, lab and x-ray services. Open ... Read More »

Breast Health at Physicians Regional

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, it’s October and the world has suddenly turned pink—and for very good reason. For many years, pink has been the color most commonly associated with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The correlation between “pink” and health care isn’t a new concept. In centuries past, the phrase “in the pink” was synonymous with being in good health—both physically and emotionally. Though I applaud the various shades of pink that seem to pop up everywhere during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a focus on women’s health must be maintained every day of the ... Read More »

What Trust Means to Me

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, I have tremendous respect for the importance of “trust.” For example, what it means to earn another person’s trust. However, almost more important are the ongoing steps required to keep that trust. When a patient comes through the doors of our Pine Ridge and Collier Boulevard campuses or our Marco Island clinic, they must be able to trust — and find comfort in — the skill sets of everyone they meet. Not just our physicians and clinical staff, but every member of our team. Celebrated thought ... Read More »

Cardiac Care

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TO YOUR HEALTH Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System The essence of any healthcare institution – beyond all the statistics and accolades from third-party evaluators – is the heroic daily effort to save individual lives. I was reminded of this recently by Karen Floulacker, one of our most experienced interventional radiology technologists, who wrote me the following: “I have written to you in the past regarding numerous concerns. I now would like to share what we, in our family, consider a divine intervention. July 30, my 55-year-old brother-in-law suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at home and survived. ... Read More »

Introducing Dr. Robert Atkins, Family Medicine

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and of equal importance, as a native of Collier County, I undeniably admire those who find strength and purpose in their commitment to a community. Yes, it’s nice when that community is my hometown of Naples, but no community can thrive without those who have made a conscious decision to make their home a better place to live. Those who place a special emphasis on the concepts of compassionate care and public service. Family Medicine’s Dr. Robert Atkins recently came to the – albeit, ... Read More »

NCH Has Optimistic Future

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STRAIGHT TALK Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Every three years, the Joint Commission visits NCH—and 2,000 other hospitals and healthcare systems around the country—to assess how the organization is serving its patients. Last week was our visit. As always, it was an exhaustive, important and rewarding exercise. Seven Joint Commissioner surveyors inspected almost every area of our system over five days. Half their time was focused on the NCH Physician Group and out-patient areas. This Joint Commission visit equated to a 31 “survey days” covering 462 standards, 2,000 elements of performance, and 3,000 federal conditions of ... Read More »

Dr. Doris Corey: Nature vs. Nurture

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As a native of Southwest Florida, I continue to appreciate—and rely on—our friendly, small-town status. And though I understand the respectful way a young person is taught to interact with a physician, doctors are people too. Our area physicians are our neighbors and friends. They shop. They eat. And yes, even a doctor goes to the doctor. When all is said and done, we’re all human. There is no better example of a down-to-earth, caring physician than Dr. Doris Corey—a relatively new addition to the Physicians Regional family. Dr. Corey practices family ... Read More »

A Fresh Look at Old vs. New

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As one who grew up in Southwest Florida, I have come to appreciate the balance between “something old and something new”—and not just when it’s part of a wedding celebration. Though I appreciate the economic benefits of our current surge in development, a part of me—the “native Neapolitan” part—will always enjoy eating at an established, family-owned restaurant or walking the familiar beach adjacent to Naples Pier. Some things never change, nor would I want them to. However, as is often said: change can be a good thing. At Physicians Regional, we have ... Read More »

At Physicians Regional, Helping Hands are Everywhere

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd It will come as no surprise if I suggest that a hospital or doctor’s office visit can be stressful. At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, we understand, when faced with safeguarding one’s health, one’s emotions can run high. However, your comfort, as well as confidence in our abilities, means the world to a lot of people. If you think about it, most of us tend to think of the “clinical” staff as synonymous with an office visit. In our minds, we almost immediately envision doctors and nurses. After all, the ‘70s TV show ... Read More »

Nurses Matter—All Year Long

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By Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Award-winning American filmmaker Carolyn Jones said, “At one point in our life each of us will encounter a nurse, whether it’s as a patient or as a loved one and that one encounter can mean the difference between suffering and peace; between chaos and order. Nurses matter.” National Nurses Week begins every year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This is the very special week that each hospital, doctor’s office and healthcare facility sets aside to honor our nation’s national healthcare treasures: our nurses. As the CEO of Physicians Regional ... Read More »

Have You Thanked a Doctor Today?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd On Monday, March 30, our nation, once again, celebrated National Doctors’ Day. At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, we know the extraordinary role our local physicians play in our community. We witness their profound impact on a daily basis. Here’s some history: the very first Doctor’s Day took place on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided we should set aside a day to honor physicians. On March 30, 1958, a resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. ... Read More »

So, How Do You Feel?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd There seems to be quite a lot of information written about health care issues. In addition to this—my regular column in Coastal Breeze News—practically every local publication features some sort of healthcare-related column. Add the “news-related coverage” that local journalists assign to the comings and goings of doctors and staff from Southwest Florida’s abundant healthcare originations and, invariably, it can get confusing. Why? We sometimes don’t know who or what to believe. And yes, I most certainly include myself in the aforementioned group of “we.” However, as the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I would like ... Read More »

30 Years Young

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System I’m proud to say our track record for quality healthcare has been growing for quite some time, even as we continue to improve and break new ground. I was reminded of this recently as we celebrated the “old” and rang in the “new.” I speak of two celebratory occasions—first, Marco Island’s Urgent Care Clinic’s 30th anniversary; and second, the groundbreaking for NCH Northeast, a 40,000 sq. ft. freestanding emergency room. Marco Island’s Urgent Care Center may be 30-years-young, but its staff is as energetic and vibrant as any in ... Read More »