May 27, 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, Provider Resources for Routine HIV Testing
News Briefs
Destination Health: Local Physicians Unite to Battle COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: “Replacing vaccine hesitancy with vaccine confidence, several health agencies and local medical groups are coming together to help move the needle on vaccine hesitancy, and how you can help end the Pandemic.” - NBC-2

COVID-19 hospitalizations among children likely overcounted, researchers find: “Counting SARS-CoV-2 infections in hospitalized children overestimates the impact of COVID-19 in pediatric populations because such counts include many asymptomatic patients, according to a new study (...).” - Stanford Medicine News Center

The AMA’s strategic plan to embed racial justice and advance health equity: "Advancing health equity throughout the medical profession entails a dedicated, coordinated and honest approach. To meet this moment, the AMA has developed a strategic plan to embed racial justice and advance health equity." - AMA Equity Plan 2021-2023

Florida Ranks High For COVID Hospital Admissions, Especially Among Young Adults: “An analysis of federal data conducted by Jason Salemi, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida, found Florida ranks fifth in the nation for confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions for the week predating May 8. The state jumps to third in the nation for people between 30 and 50 years old." - Health News Florida

Physicians Exempt from Vaccine Passport Ban: "(An) emergency management bill recently signed into law (…) prohibits business entities, governmental entities and educational institutions in Florida from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination in certain situations. This provision does not apply to [physicians] or to their practices (…).” - FMA

FDA Authorizes Longer Time for Refrigerator Storage of Thawed Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Prior to Dilution, Making Vaccine More Widely Available: “Based on a review of recent data submitted by Pfizer Inc. today (5/19), the (FDA) is authorizing undiluted, thawed Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine vials to be stored in the refrigerator (...) for up to 1 month." - FDA | Provider Fact Sheet

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine found to be 100% effective in children 12 to 17 two weeks after second dose: “The Moderna vaccine was 93% effective against COVID-19 in children aged 12 to 17 after the first dose and 100% two weeks after the second dose, with no cases of COVID-19 reported among vaccinated participants." - Naples Daily News
Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
Tobacco Free Florida logo
Tobacco Prevention Campaign Resources: The Tobacco Prevention Program at the Florida Department of Health in Collier County is implementing an educational campaign on the harmful effects of tobacco and e-cigarettes, to educate the community and prevent further use, as well as to provide cessation resources. This campaign consists of educational materials, such as brochures, posters, and infographics that can be given to health care providers who are interested. Brochure holders will be provided, as well.

If you would like these materials for your office, contact Taylor Jaskulski at (239) 252-5535. If Taylor is not available, contact Cris Labra at (239) 252-2672.

CCMS Physician Member Survey Request: Physician members, if you have not already, please complete the CCMS Member Survey to help us better connect with CCMS members, and connect members with each other. Questions include information on accepting new patients and requesting input regarding CCMS and our healthcare community. Take the Survey
CCMS Member Certificate
CCMS Membership Certificates Available: CCMS physician members who have paid their 2021 dues can email us to request a current membership certificate to print and display at their offices.
Use Discount Code: colliercms 
Promotion for May: All new and existing customers receive 10% off discount and will receive a voucher for 50% of their total purchase price that they can use to spend on the store in June. In addition, 10% goes back to CCMS and our Foundation. Visit the CCMS online store, register your account if you haven't already, and use discount code colliercms during checkout. Some complimentary samples are available at the CCMS office, email for details and to arrange pickup.
Physician Wellness Resource of the week: "Riddles, Poems, and a Song"
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. 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
Wednesday, June 23, 5:30pm, NCH Downtown - Sugden Auditorium at Telford Building
Enjoy refreshments (indoors/outdoors) while networking with colleagues at this complimentary event. Open to CCMS physician members. Due to limited capacity, 1 guest per member can be added to a waitlist in the event of available space. RSVP by June 18th.
SAVE THE DATE: CCMS 64th Annual Meeting & Installation
Saturday, July 24, 6:30PM
Stay tuned for registration details.
Saturday, September 18, 8:00AM, Bonita Bay Club Naples
Open to the public. $195/golfer or $700/foursome
Partner Events:
Note: Click here for information on various CME courses available

GenesisCare Women Physicians Networking Event
June 3, 6:30, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Banyon Courtyard, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs
CCMS members Dr. Sonal Sura, Dr. Elizabeth Arguelles, Dr. Joanna Chon & Dr. Kristina Mirabeau-Beale invite you to join them for Cocktails and Conversations. RSVP to Sherri Kubesh at (239) 839-6015 or (please note email address has been corrected from previous invite sent 5/25)

2021 FMA Annual Meeting Livestream CME Event
July 30-August 1
Three livestream-only CME tracks featuring state-mandated topics, plus new courses on post-COVID care and using information technology to improve patients’ health. Registrants will have access to courses for two weeks. Earn up to 13 total AMA PRA Category 1™ credits. Price range from $250-$450 per class. FMA members save up to $700 and state-mandated are complimentary. Register 

Free 7-Day River Cruise for Frontline Medical Heroes
Select Danube, Main, Moselle and Rhine River sailings through Dec. 2021
Frontline Heroes (doctors, nurses, lab techs, hospital staff, EMT's and pharmacists) are eligible to receive a complimentary cruise with one paying guest in the same stateroom. Contact Nancy Sant'Angelo Reyelt at Get Out Of Town Travel, (239) 596-4142 for more info.

“Dining Docs”
Wednesdays, 5:30PM, Naples restaurant locations
Discussion and information-sharing in a small group for dinner on Wednesdays at 5:30PM, located at Naples restaurants. To reserve a seat, call Dr. Marilyn Varcoe each Monday prior, (239) 398-5074.
CCMS Member Spotlights
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Julian Javier, MD
Dr. Julian Javier, Dr. Antonio Gonzalez, and their research team were recognized by the NIH, FDA, and Operation Warp Speed for being top enrollers in a clinical trial comparing aspirin to apixaban to prevent thrombosis in COVID-19 patients.

The team will also be part of the published article on the Molnupiravir PN002 Outpatient Study to be presented at the 31st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, July 9-10.
Dr. Kevin Kozak
Dr. Kevin Kozak and colleagues at Advocate Radiation Oncology invite you to join them for a Grand Opening at their new location in Bonita Springs, Thursday, June 3 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. RSVP to Vanessa at (239) 267-2638. More details
Keeping Prevention Standard During A Pandemic - Provider Resources for Routine HIV Testing
University of Miami RAPID Resource Program
Early diagnosis and treatment for HIV is key to ending the epidemic in the U.S. Routine testing is important in the early detection of HIV and can help facilitate linkage to care and antiretroviral therapy (ART). The Florida Department of Health has assigned Routine HIV testing in health care settings as one of four key components in their “Ending the HIV Epidemic” strategy.

Florida law does not require written informed consent for HIV testing and encourages the implementation of routine opt-out HIV testing. HIV testing is also the first step in the consideration of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for those who are HIV negative and have an increased risk. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has given Grade “A” recommendations to the use of PrEP and routine HIV testing, as effective strategies for early diagnosis of HIV infection and prevention. To maintain the health and safety of patients and healthcare professionals while continuing to provide the essential health service of routine HIV testing and PrEP care during Covid-19, the use of telehealth, home specimen collection kits for STI testing, and HIV self-test kits, are encouraged when laboratory testing services are not available.

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Beautifully appointed medical office space for sale or for lease. Located in the HealthCare Center of Bonita Springs, the 2nd floor unit has 2 exam rooms with sinks, 2 restrooms, doctor’s office, reception, and work areas. Property is being sold or leased complete with furnishings and appliances. Contact Christine Gonnering McManus, (239) 261-3400.
Boutique Concierge Internal/Sports Medical Practice seeks part-time phlebotomist/lab technician who is compassionate about patients and desires to transform patient care. Must be certified in clinical phlebotomy or pathology and with 100+ hours of experience in blood collections. Email resume with three references to Tamika or call (239) 293-2009.
Boutique Concierge Internal/Sports Medical Practice seeks full-time certified medical assistant with stellar communication skills, can-do attitude, and knowledge about EMR Systems, Microsoft Office and patient care. Must be certified in medical assisting, understand medical terminology, and patient focused. Email resume with three references to Tamika or call (239) 293-2009.
Board-certified anesthesiologist/pain medicine specialist interested in office space share. Physician with pain medicine/addiction treatment practice in Washington, D.C. looking to open office in Naples area and share space with another physician. More information at If interested, contact John Dombrowski M.D. FASA at (202) 345-1784.
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.
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.
Shared Medical office space available: 2335 Tamiami Trail N # 501, Naples, FL 34103; for more information please call Dr. Warner at (239) 572-0402.
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