August 19, 2021
CCMS Mission:
Serve the needs of our physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community
In this Issue
News Briefs, Member Notices & COVID-19 Updates, Events, Foundation of CCMS 2021 Healthcare Scholarship Winners
News Briefs
COVID-19 booster shot for Pfizer, Moderna vaccines will be available Sept. 20: “The Biden administration on Wednesday (8/18) unveiled plans to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots on Sept. 20 for American adults who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines as cases of the highly contagious delta variant continue to spread across the country.” - Naples Daily News
Editor’s note: After the FDA approval process DOH-Collier will receive guidance on how and to whom to administer 3rd doses. It is anticipated that the roll out will mirror the initial vaccine roll out – ages 65+, healthcare workers, and nursing home residents first.

NCH Healthcare System restricts visitations due to COVID-19 rise: "Visitations will be virtual in most department, except for compassionate care at the COVID unit and the Critical Care Unit." - WINK News

Lee Health, NCH see yet more increases in COVID-19 patients: ICUs near full or overflowing: “Southwest Florida's primary hospital systems reported more increases in COVID-19 patients and that their intensive care units are nearly full or overflowing.” - Naples Daily News

Why immunocompromised patients should get third mRNA COVID-19 shot: “The (FDA) on Thursday (8/12) authorized third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech ;and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for some people who are immunocompromised." - AMA
Editor’s note: DOH-Collier is providing the 3rd dose for immunocompromised individuals following the CDC guidelines. Vaccines are available by walk-in at the Naples Clinic Health Dept site or contact DOH-Collier COVID-19 Call Center at 239-252-6220 M-F 9-5 with questions. 3rd doses are also available at commercials pharmacies and providers (providers may obtain 3rd dose vaccine supplies in same fashion as obtaining regular supplies).
Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
Dr. David Wilkinson, Advanced Urology Institute in Naples, is currently unavailable due to a medical condition and a full recovery is anticipated in the near future. Upon Dr. Wilkinson’s return, his patients will return under his care. Please see Dr. Wilkinson’s Public Statement for patient appointment scheduling information in the interim.
Healthy Collier Community Health Survey Request: Collier County residents are invited to complete the Community Health Survey which will gather thoughts about the health and quality of life in our community. Feedback will be used to develop a plan to improve Collier County's public health system and the health of residents. This survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. Take Survey
Invitation to join CCMS Committees: Membership in CCMS committees is open to all CCMS physician members. If you are interested in serving on any CCMS committees, please contact April Donahue, CCMS Executive Director / (239) 435-7727.
CCMS Physician Member Survey Results: View our updated responses on member physicians who are accepting new patients to help with your referral needs. Member physician who would like to be included, be sure to complete the CCMS Member Survey to help us better connect with CCMS members, and connect members with each other. The survey also offers to collect and share member cell phones with each other for those who provide permission solely for this purpose. To request a list of members who’ve given permission, contact CCMS.
Physician Wellness Article of the week: "Learn stress first aid basics and how they can boost healing"
Confidential, cost-free counseling/coaching sessions with the CCMS Physician Wellness Program (operating via telehealth or in-person during the COVID-19 outbreak) are open to all CCMS physician members. *Update: CCMS is extending the offer of sessions to non-member physicians during the pandemic. Learn more online.
2021 RCC Cards: CCMS Members receive special $10 pricing on the 2021 RCC Card, which provides discounts at restaurants and merchants. Order a card at or call CCMS, (239) 435-7727. Cards will be mailed to the office address on file unless otherwise specified.
Upcoming Events
NOTICE: In-person CCMS events are postponed through and including the Women Physicians Social previously on Sep. 9. Stay tuned for more information. All current event dates subject to change.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 8:00AM, Bonita Bay Club Naples
Open to the public. $195/golfer or $700/foursome
Saturday, November 13, 6:30PM, Arthrex One Conference Center
Complimentary for CCMS physician members; $25 for one guest per member. Tickets not yet available to the public; check back for availability or inquire with CCMS. RSVP by November 8th.

In case you missed it: CCMS Virtual Installation, (7/24)
Partner Events:
Note: Click here for information on various CME courses available

White House Virtual Town Hall: Health Systems, Providers, and the COVID-19 Vaccinations Effort
Monday, August 23, 12:00PM
The event will focus on the significant progress that has been made in activating providers in the
vaccinations effort, as well as a number of best practices health systems and providers have committed
to in order to further increase vaccine confidence and uptake. The event will also be an opportunity to
thank health systems and providers for their continued service. Click this link during the event to attend.

Non-melanoma skin cancer dinner presentation by GenesisCare
Thursday, August 26, 6:30PM, Ocean Prime at The Inn on Fifth
Dermatologists, plastic surgeons (and their advanced providers) are invited to join GenesisCare as they discuss non-melanoma skin cancer treatments. RSVP: Sherri (239) 839-6015. More Info

Medical Student Loan Planning and Practice Valuation Webinar
Thursday, September 2, 7:00PM
Hosted by one of the CCMS Annual Meeting sponsors, Prudent Financial Planning. Topics include differences between refinancing and consolidating, determining the value of your medical practice, and loan forgiveness qualification. Register

Spiritual Leadership in a Secular Healthcare Setting: Breakfast lecture CME
Saturday, October 16, 8:30AM, White Mass at St. Agnes Church
Features keynote speaker Paul Hiltz, President and CEO of NCH, panel discussion with the Presidents of the 3 largest hospital systems in the region, and a blessing of the stethoscopes. Includes breakfast and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Cost: $50 | More Information | Register
CCMS Member Spotlights
Email your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue
Dr. Kiran Gill
Dr. Kiran Gill penned the èBella èXtra article Doctor’s Orders.
Dr. Svetlana Kogan
Dr. Svetlana Kogan authored the Life in Naples article Summer Cool. (online pg.#32)
Foundation of CCMS Announces 2021 Healthcare Scholarship Winners
The board of directors of the Foundation of Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 Foundation Healthcare Scholarship awards: Natalia Correa, Emily Gansert, Charissa Obeng-Nyarko, and Yordan Urrutia. Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

The final tally of 2021 scholarship awards given by the Foundation is now $32,500, which also includes the $12,500 award given to Alexzandra Mattia, recipient of the Foundation’s 2021 Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship for Medical Students, announced in July.

The Foundation of CCMS healthcare scholarships are for students who are Florida residents enrolled or accepted into a healthcare degree program, with awards based on need, academic performance, and community involvement.

“The Foundation received scholarship applications this year from many remarkable healthcare students,” said Dr. Rolando Rivera, Foundation Chair. “We are very appreciative of the generous Foundation donors and sponsors who have given us the opportunity to provide financial aid to our future medical professionals.”

Classified Ads
Physician Assistant Student Seeking Internal Medicine Preceptor: In need of an internal medicine preceptor (MD, DO, PA, NP) who is willing to precept for one month. Available months are October-December. If interested, please contact Samantha Isabella at (239) 285-6706.
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Busy physician office in North Naples is seeking medical assistant who is highly skilled, motivated and experience is a plus. This is a fast paced, growing practice and candidates must be self-starter, multi-tasked and highly motivated. Please call Jennifer at (239) 591-2803.
Medical Graduate Seeking Externship/Observership: Dr. Tareefe Montaque, medical graduate from the University of The West Indies and Post Graduate Medical Studies candidate for a US Surgical Residency Program, is looking to secure an externship/observership in SWFL to prepare for the 2023 Match. More information & contact details.
Neighborhood Health Clinic is seeking a Part Time Database Assistant to join the Development team as an integral internal representative, working with the donor base, fundraising objectives, donor and volunteer relationships, and independent projects. Contact CDO Keith Maples at (239) 529-2264.
Naples pediatric practice seeking NP or PA for 3 to 5 days a week. Please contact CCMS if interested.
Seeking physician offices who can welcome a high school student for career learning opportunities such as shadowing, scribing, lab work, etc. If interested, please contact CCMS.
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