Free falls prevention course offered on June 6 in Naples

To help educate the public on ways to prevent falls, health care experts with Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition’s Step WiseLee program and Lee Memorial Trauma Services are hosting a free program on Thursday, June 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy. in Naples, Fla.

The presentation will focus on steps for preventing falls. Topics to be covered include:
• Ways to improve balance and gait to prevent falls
• How medications and side effects can lead to falls
• How vision problems can contribute to falls
• Steps to increase exercise and reduce fall risk
• Information on “Moving for Better Balance Classes”
• Blood pressure and risk of falls
• How to reduce risks around the home

“Falls are both unintentional and preventable,” says Mark Tesoro, Injury Prevention Educator/Analyst for Trauma Services at Lee Memorial Health System. “Through education, risk assessment and free health care screenings, we continue to raise awareness of preventive measures that can keep seniors safe.”

Often the result of a hazard or a precipitating medical event, falls can result in hip fractures, head trauma or even death. From tripping over a computer cord to stumbling down stairs, falls can happen in young children, healthy adults and even athletes. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls occur more often in senior adults and are the leading cause of injury deaths in persons over 65 years of age. However, falls are not a normal, natural part of aging.

Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls in the older adult population. Experts recommend the following key steps to reduce the risk of falls:

• Begin a regular exercise program
• Make your home safer by clearing walkways and hallways
• Have your vision checked
• Have your health provider review your medications

The “Step WiseLee” initiative began in Sept. 2009 to unite local health care agencies, residents, family and friends to collaborate in preventing falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in Lee County. For a more detailed checklist on how you can help prevent falls and fall-related injuries and deaths, visit www.stepwiselee.com.

About The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition:
The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is comprised of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include fire and rescue agencies, emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency, and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://www.stepwiselee.com/.

Experts offer free falls prevention course on June 12 in LaBelle

To help educate the public on ways to prevent falls, health care experts with Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition’s Step WiseLee program and Lee Memorial Trauma Services are hosting a free program on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Barron Library, 461 Main St. in LaBelle, Fla.

The presentation will focus on steps for preventing falls. Topics to be covered include:
• Ways to improve balance and gait to prevent falls
• How medications and side effects can lead to falls
• How vision problems can contribute to falls
• Steps to increase exercise and reduce fall risk
• Information on “Moving for Better Balance Classes”
• Blood pressure and risk of falls
• How to reduce risks around the home

“Falls are both unintentional and preventable,” says Mark Tesoro, Injury Prevention Educator/Analyst for Trauma Services at Lee Memorial Health System. “Through education, risk assessment and free health care screenings, we continue to raise awareness of preventive measures that can keep seniors safe.”

Often the result of a hazard or a precipitating medical event, falls can result in hip fractures, head trauma or even death. From tripping over a computer cord to stumbling down stairs, falls can happen in young children, healthy adults and even athletes. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls occur more often in senior adults and are the leading cause of injury deaths in persons over 65 years of age. However, falls are not a normal, natural part of aging.

Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls in the older adult population. Experts recommend the following key steps to reduce the risk of falls:

• Begin a regular exercise program
• Make your home safer by clearing walkways and hallways
• Have your vision checked
• Have your health provider review your medications

The “Step WiseLee” initiative began in Sept. 2009 to unite local health care agencies, residents, family and friends to collaborate in preventing falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in Lee County. For a more detailed checklist on how you can help prevent falls and fall-related injuries and deaths, visit www.stepwiselee.com.
About The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition:
The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is comprised of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include fire and rescue agencies, emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency, and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://www.stepwiselee.com/.

Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition launches sports-injury prevention campaign during Youth Sports Safety Month

Posted April 17th, 2013 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition is partnering with Lee Memorial Health System to launch the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, part of a national sports injury prevention program. The campaign is designed to educate athletes, parents, athletic trainers, coaches, educators and healthcare providers about the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, the necessary steps to help reverse the trend and the need to keep young athletes healthy. The initiative is being launched in April, Youth Sports Safety Month, to help raise awareness of the increase in sports injuries among young athletes.

According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes, alone, account for an estimated two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year.  The high rate of youth sports injuries is fueled by an increase in overuse and trauma injuries and a lack of attention paid to proper injury prevention. According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.

 

Concerned by the increase in sports injuries in Southwest Florida, members of Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition are meeting with local schools, sports leagues and coaches to discuss proper prevention techniques, as well as the need for open communication between everyone involved in young athletes’ lives.

 

Injury Prevention Educator/Analyst Mark Tesoro with Trauma Services at Lee Memorial Health System recently spoke to about 100 coaches with a soccer league in Cape Coral, as well as to more than 300 students at a Fort Myers school.

 

“I heard many stories from coaches who shared that they had personally suffered head injuries when they were young as well, and they remember feeling cognitively impaired,” said Tesoro. “They promised me they would not to do that to their kids, so it was a very motivating experience.”

 

To schedule a speaker, visit www.leecountyinjuryprevention.org or call 239-343-3672. For more information on preventing sports injuries, visit www.STOPSportsInjuries.org.

 

Many of the top leading sports medicine organizations including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and Safe Kids USA have partnered to promote the STOP Sports Injuries campaign.

Supporting the STOP Sports Injuries campaign are the country’s leading sports medicine organizations along with professional athletes and business leaders who have signed on as members of the campaign’s Council of Champions. This Council will help raise additional awareness about this growing epidemic of youth sports injuries.  Some of the founding members of the Council include former Olympic champions Christie Rampone, Eric Heiden and Bonnie Blair, professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, MLB baseball player John Smoltz, NFL Hall of Fame defensive end, Howie Long, and Heisman Trophy winner and St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is composed of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include emergency medical services, fire and rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://leecountyinjuryprevention.org/.

Young driver program empowers teens to drive responsibly

Posted January 24th, 2013 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Motor Vehicle Crashes are the leading cause of death for all age groups, and teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. To address the importance of learning to drive responsibly as well as the potential outcomes of irresponsible driving, members of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition are hosting a free program for young drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 and their parents.  The Young Driver Program meets monthly at Lee Memorial Hospital Auditorium, 2776 Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers and is free to young drivers and parents. The next class is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. To register for the program, please contact Syndi Bultman at 239-336-6797.

During the program, representatives from Lee Memorial Trauma Services, Stay Alive…Just Drive!, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Bike/Walk/Lee will educate young drivers on the legal responsibilities involved with driving, as well as ways to stay focused while behind the wheel. The program coordinators utilize new technologies to provide hands-on prevention tools to educate participants about the consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse while driving. One Simple Decision, a simulation-based impaired and distracted driving program allows teens to experience the effects and outcomes of impaired and distracted driving. In addition, Fatal Vision Goggles use special lens technology that allows the wearer to experience the visual effects of intoxication.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons aged 15 to 24, and crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive,” says Syndi Bultman R.N., M.S., CEN, Injury Prevention Manager, Trauma Services, Lee Memorial Health System. “Now is the time to begin a potentially life-saving discussion with your teen about the privilege of driving. The Young Drivers Program can help teens develop a positive attitude about driving and become safe and informed drivers.”

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is composed of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include emergency medical services, fire and rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://leecountyinjuryprevention.org/.

Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition presents 2012 Injury Prevention Awards

Posted December 19th, 2012 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition honored local organizations and citizens with its annual Injury Prevention Awards today at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Lee Memorial Health System President and CEO Jim Nathan was the keynote speaker. The awards are presented to member organizations and/or citizens in recognition of their contributions and support of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition’s mission of creating a safe community in which to live, play and work.

The organizations and members honored for 2012 include:

  • Injury Prevention Citizen Volunteer of the Year is Kim Gaide, volunteer coordinator for the military support  group at Lee Memorial Health System. A volunteer, Gaide puts in a 40-hour week organizing and distributing monthly care packages for the military, hosting family support groups, and coordinating a team of volunteers to support      the program. The program began as a support group for Lee Memorial  employees and family members, but has expanded to all military members and      their families in Lee County.
  • Injury Prevention Professional of the Year is Debra Gary, PhD, Southwest Florida Medical Reserve Corps. In      partnership with the Lee County Health Department and other organizations, Gary established a series of year-round, health screening and education clinics for the low income and underserved clients. Because it is a challenge to commit nursing staff to attend health fairs and safety events regularly, Gary has helped fill this nursing gap by coordinating medical personnel to administered flu shots, diabetes, and blood pressure screenings to at risk populations. These clinics help reduce the risk of injury to this vulnerable group.
  • Injury Prevention Organization/Agency of the Year is Lee County Parks and Recreation for providing personnel, facility and event support for the Coalition, for it continued dedication to drowning prevention  programs, and for implementing the G.A.T.E. gang awareness program in its  summer programs.
  • Injury Prevention Sponsor/Partner of the Year is Kohl’s Department Stores and its Kohl’s Cares program,      which has partnered with the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to fund the Kohl’s Kids Safety Program which promotes child passenger safety and drowning prevention through education and community events such as car seat fitting stations and safe pool parties throughout  Lee, Glades, Hendry, Charlotte and Collier counties.
  • Injury Prevention Media Partner of the Year is Waterman Broadcasting for its coverage of injury prevention     programs related to distracted driving, concussion injuries, prescription drug use, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and underage drinking.
  • Injury Prevention Program/Outreach Effort of the Year is BikeWalkLee for its ongoing efforts to improve for all users the safety and accessibility of our public streets.

“We are proud to highlight our dedicated members who continuously help us carry out our mission to keep this community safe. These programs and individuals are such an amazing asset to Southwest Florida,” says Syndi Bultman, RN, MS, CEN, injury prevention manager, trauma services, Lee Memorial Health System, and chairperson, Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition.

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is composed of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include emergency medical services, fire and rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://leecountyinjuryprevention.org/.

Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition unveils new technology to help prevent impaired driving

Posted December 5th, 2012 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

To drive home the dangers of drunk, drugged, drowsy and distracted driving during 4D Prevention Month in December, members of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition held a news conference on Dec. 4 to unveial new technology that simulates impaired and distracted driving. One Simple Decision, the simulation-based impaired and distracted driving program, is rolling out to teens taking part in Lee County’s Young Driver Safety Program. Held monthly at Lee Memorial Hospital, the Young Driver Program is a supplement to driver’s education courses designed to educate teens on driver responsibility, including the outcomes of irresponsible driving.

In addition, Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition members offer prevention tips and local statistics on injuries and death related to driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, as well as distracted and drowsy driving.

According to Syndi Bultman, RN, MS, CEN, Injury Prevention Manager for Lee Memorial Health System and Chairperson for Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, injuries from motor vehicle crashes continue to be the No. 1 trauma alert at Lee Memorial Health System’s Trauma Center.

“As the holidays approach, more people will be on the roadways, rushing around to get ready for the holidays, attending holiday parties and traveling for holiday gatherings,” said Bultman. “It’s an especially important time to remind people of the dangers of drinking, drugs, distracted and drowsy driving.”

During the 2011 holidays, between Nov. 20 and Jan. 5, Lee Memorial Trauma Services treated more than 200 motor vehicle crash patients with six fatalities reported.

During the holiday season and year-round, take simple steps to avoid driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, while tired or distracted:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Designate a sober driver before drinking and give them the keys.
  • Use a taxi, limo service, public transportation or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call local law enforcement.
  • Don’t      let friends drive drunk. Take their keys and help them make arrangements to get safely home.
  • Get adequate      rest, bring a friend or family member on long trips and take frequent breaks when driving on trips.
  • If you      need to take a call, pull over to a safe location until your phone call is completed.

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is composed of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include emergency medical services, fire and rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://leecountyinjuryprevention.org/ or call 239-343-3797.

Lee County children participate in International Walk to School Day

Posted September 25th, 2012 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, News

Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties and other members of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition will join local school children and FedEx volunteers on Wednesday, Oct. 3 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day. More than 250,000 children across the United States will participate in the annual event to learn about walking safely and to encourage the creation of safe walking environments.

“On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers both teach and model safe pedestrian behavior,” said Charlene Gardner, coordinator, Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties.  “It is one thing to tell students about pedestrian safety, but by walking with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show them proper behaviors and give them the tools to be safer pedestrians.”

This fall, Safe Kids released a report titled Walking Safely, A Report to the Nation,” a 15-year trend report which examined child pedestrian injuries and deaths in the U.S. The report revealed that while walking safety has improved overall for children since 1995, there are still a staggering number of children hit by cars. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages 3 to 14.  More than 61 children are injured every day severely enough to seek medical attention and more than 500 children are killed every year.

“International Walk to School Day is a great opportunity for students to learn how to remain injury-free as they walk to and from school,” adds Gardner. “No child should be put in danger simply because they are walking to school or around their neighborhood.”

In 1999, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Safe Kids Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities. This year will mark the 13th anniversary of the program. Safe Kids coalitions across the country will work with over 1000 elementary schools to hold events for children on how to walk safely and recognize pedestrian dangers.

“Safety is one of our company’s core values, and we have been dedicated to improving child pedestrian safety through the Safe Kids Walk This Way program for over a decade,” said Rose Flenorl, Manager of FedEx Global Citizenship.  “Our team members work hand-in-hand with Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties to teach local children how to stay safer when they walk.  Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties does a wonderful job in our community and we look forward to supporting them as they make walking safer for everyone.”

About Safe Kids

Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties was founded in 1996 and is led by The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.safekidsleecollier.org.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $43 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand.  Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

Tai Chi event kicks off Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 22

Posted September 6th, 2012 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Despite a nearly five percent reduction in the number of falls recorded at Lee Memorial Trauma Center in 2010 through 2011, falls continue to be the leading cause of injury and death for people 65 and older in Lee County.  Since January 2012, Lee Memorial Trauma Center has treated 440 patients for injuries related to falls, and more than 20 people died from their injuries.

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed on the first day of fall, Sept. 22, to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls. Because falling continues to be a leading cause of injury and death in Lee and Collier counties, Lee Memorial Health System and other members of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition are hosting a free Tai Chi demonstration to educate the community on ways to help improve balance and prevent falls.

The public is invited to participate in or observe a free Tai Chi class to be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. – noon atGulfCoastTownCenter’s Market Square Pavilion. Attendees are encouraged to wear the color yellow, in recognition of falls prevention. In addition, health care experts with the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition’s Step WiseLee program will provide tips on ways to prevent falls.

Tai Chi has been shown to help improve strength and balance and to reduce falls. The National Council of Aging recently studied the number of falls and functional balance scores of participants of this Tai Chi program and observed significantly fewer falls following the six-month intervention. Study participants showed significant improvements in all measures of functional balance, physical performance, and reduced fear of falling. Intervention gains in these measures were maintained at a 6-month post intervention follow-up in the Tai Chi group.

“Falls are both unintentional and preventable,” says Mark Tesoro, Injury Prevention Educator/Analyst for Trauma Services at Lee Memorial Health System. “Through education, risk assessment and free health care screenings, we continue to raise awareness of preventive measures that can keep seniors safe in LeeCounty.”

Often the result of a hazard or a precipitating medical event, falls can result in hip fractures, head trauma or even death. From tripping over a computer cord to stumbling down stairs, falls can happen in young children, healthy adults and even athletes. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls occur more often in senior adults and are the leading cause of injury deaths in persons over 65 years of age. However, falls are not a normal, natural part of aging.

Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls in the older adult population. Experts recommend the following key steps to reduce the risk of falls:

  • Begin a regular exercise program
  • Make your home safer by clearing walkways and hallways
  • Have your vision checked
  • Have your health provider review your medications

The “Step WiseLee” initiative began in Sept. 2009 to unite local health care agencies, residents, family and friends to collaborate in preventing falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in Lee County. For a more detailed checklist on how you can help prevent falls and fall-related injuries and deaths, visit www.stepwiselee.com.

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is composed of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include emergency medical services, fire and rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://leecountyinjuryprevention.org/.

Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition kicks off Memorial weekend with tips on preventing distracted driving

Posted May 25th, 2012 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Memorial weekend ranks as one of the top five holidays for road travel. As the weekend begins and in recognition of Trauma Awareness Month observed in May, Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition is reminding the public of the prevalence and impact of distracted driving and sharing tips on roadway safety.

A typical distraction lasts three seconds, enough time for a car going 45 mph to travel more than half the length of a football field (66 feet per second). The National Highway Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. These types of distractions include:

Texting

Using a cell phone or smartphone

Eating and drinking

Talking to passengers

Grooming

Reading, including maps

Using a navigation system

Watching a video

Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player.

In 2010 alone, 3,092 were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. That same year, nine percent of fatal crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

“First responders and medical personnel see firsthand the devastation of distracted driving at the accident scene or when they come through our hospital doors,” says Dr. Nelayda Fonte, Lee Memorial Trauma Services at Lee Memorial Health System. “The sad statistics are not just numbers, they are people. They are mothers, children, grandparents, brothers whose lives are changed in a moment, by a very preventable change in behavior.”

InFlorida, Preemption Law currently prohibits localities from enacting distracted driving bans.

“Passing legislation is critical to stopping distracted driving,” says Stay Alive..Just Drive! Executive Director Jay Anderson. “It’s time forFloridato join the group of states that have already taken action.”

The easiest way to protect yourself from distracted driving accidents is to avoid all distractions while you drive. Turn off you cell phone, or put it on silent mode and ignore all calls and texts until you reach your destination.

Leave time before a trip to eat and groom yourself before getting behind the wheel. Instruct your teenage and inexperienced drivers to avoid distractions while driving.

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is composed of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include emergency medical services, fire and rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://leecountyinjuryprevention.org/.

Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition presents 2011 Injury Prevention Awards

Posted December 22nd, 2011 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition  honored several local organizations and citizens with its annual Injury Prevention Awards. The awards ceremony, held Dec. 21 at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, was hosted by Lee Memorial Health System board member Chris Hansen. The awards are presented to member organizations and/or citizens in recognition of their contributions and support of the Coalition’s mission of creating a safe community in which to live, play and work.

The organizations and members honored for 2011 include:
• Injury Prevention Citizen Volunteer of the Year: Jim Scollen, for his advocacy and support of veterans and Lee County citizens.
• Injury Prevention Professional of the Year: Brian Raimondo, Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Raimondo was recognized for compiling, reviewing and editing datasets to provide detailed motor vehicle and bike/pedestrian crash site locations to help identify prevention opportunities.
• Injury Prevention Organization/Agency of the Year: Lee County Sheriff’s Office for support of mission-critical safety initiatives including the prevention of prescription drug abuse in Lee County through Operation Medicine Cabinet, Gang Awareness Training Education (GATE), and providing support services for Car Fit technician training.
• Injury Prevention Sponsor/Partner of the Year: Lee County Public Safety for providing vital financial and organizational support and expertise in injury prevention in Lee County including “Step WiseLee” (falls prevention program), Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties, and the GATE program.
• Injury Prevention Media Partner of the Year: WGCU Public Media was recognized for promoting health and safety initiatives through stories focused on falls prevention, gang awareness and prevention, distracted driving awareness, and bike and pedestrian safety.
• Injury Prevention Program/Outreach Effort of the Year: Abby Services In
Home Health Care for Operation Rx. A private sector member of Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, Abby Services showed their commitment to the mission by coordinating and facilitating Operation Medicine Cabinet to help combat prescription drug abuse.
• Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition also gave special recognition to Andy Fowler, Robert Moss and Justin Bacon, three citizens who rescued a child from drowning at this year’s Taste of the Town, held along the Caloosahatchee River in Centennial Park in Fort Myers.

“We are proud to highlight our dedicated members who continuously help us carry out our mission to keep this community safe. These programs and individuals are such an amazing asset to Southwest Florida,” says Syndi Bultman, RN, MS, CEN, injury prevention manager, trauma services, Lee Memorial Health System, and chairperson, Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition.
The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is composed of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include emergency medical services, fire and rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://leecountyinjuryprevention.org/.