June 10, 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, Public Awareness Campaign: Vaccine Hesitancy
News Briefs
Little-Known Illnesses Turning Up in Covid Long-Haulers: “Doctor[s] [report] 'waves and waves' of 'long-haul' covid patients who remain sick long after retesting negative for the virus. A significant percentage are suffering from syndromes that few doctors understand or treat." - Kaiser Health News

CVS Offering Vacations, Prizes For COVID Vaccinations: “CVS launch[ed] a sweepstakes (...) for customers who get shots through CVS or register for them. The CVS Health announcement comes as the pace of vaccinations begins to lag nationally, and several states have created lottery prizes to entice residents to get shots.” - Health News Florida

Collier County schools drop mask mandate; face coverings optional starting June 21: “Collier's school board voted unanimously to make masks optional in the district starting this summer and continuing into the 2021-22 school year. The measure, which takes effect June 21, follows a statewide trend of loosening COVID-19 protocols and mask policies across school districts.” - Naples Daily News

Collier Commissioners approve proposal for mental health & addiction treatment center: “At the end of May, Collier County Commissioners approved a $25-million proposal to build a new mental health and addiction treatment center. It will be built off Golden Gate Parkway near I-75 and will be operated by the David Lawrence Center.” - ABC-7
Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
CCMS Physician Member Survey Results: View our preliminary results on member physicians who are accepting new patients to help with your referral needs. Member physicians: if you aren’t listed and 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.
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.
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 ccmsonline.org/membership 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.
Saturday, July 24, 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 July 19th.
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

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
Email your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue
Women Physicians Event
CCMS members Drs. Elizabeth Arguelles, Joanna Chon, Kristina Mirabeau-Beale, and Sonal Sura,
and their GenesisCare colleagues hosted a networking reception for women physicians at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point.
Catherine Kowal MD
Dr. Catherine Kowal authored the commentary Profit-driven pharmacy managers often disrupt patient care in Fort Myers Florida Weekly
Public Awareness Campaign Aims to Move the Needle on Vaccine Hesitancy
Many in our community have questions regarding the safety, efficacy, and necessity of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. A local coalition of healthcare leaders is stepping forward together to help answer these questions and demonstrate that for an overwhelming majority of people, the COVID-19 vaccines are a safe and critical element in ending the pandemic. If we all pitch in and get our shots, it will help us to be able to safely and enjoyably get back together with our family and friends, go to work together, and resume our travel and recreation to the fullest, while not endangering those around us.

It is understandable to have doubts or to be worried about whether you should get the vaccine or allow your children to be vaccinated. Addressing your concerns with your primary care physician or reaching out to local healthcare organizations are great ways to learn more about the effectiveness and safety.

For example, development of the various COVID-19 vaccines did not occur as quickly as it might seem. Extensive clinical trials and knowledge from years of developing similar vaccines demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA is not an indication that the vaccines are questionable, but rather that data collected from trials along with years of development of other vaccines similar to the COVID vaccine indicate that the benefits of it far outweigh the risks. Consequently, the FDA will soon be granting full authorization.

Classified Ads
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 dcpaindoc.com. 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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