January 21, 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, Member Spotlights, Scholarship Applications
News Briefs
COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments at Publix Pharmacy: "Starting Friday, January 22 after 6:00 a.m. EST, eligible customers can access appointment availability beginning Saturday, January 23." - Publix

President-elect Biden’s Day One Executive Actions Deliver Relief for Families Across America Amid Converging Crises: "Actions Address the COVID-19 Pandemic, Provide Economic Relief, Tackle
Climate Change, and Advance Racial Equity" - AMA

Free Mental Health Support For Essential Workers: "Healthcare Network is offering up to 3 free mental health sessions (through 3/31) with a behavioral health provider for essential workers and their families. Call (239) 658-3000 to schedule your free session today." Learn more

Southwest Florida seniors want easier COVID-19 vaccination sign up: “The frailest seniors in Southwest Florida are finding it difficult to get the COVID-19 vaccine for a variety of reasons, from not having Internet access or not being fast enough to get the online appointments, to transportation hardships or physical limitations.” - Naples Daily News

UN: COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines: “Scientists typically estimate that a vaccination rate of about 70% is needed for herd immunity, where entire populations are protected against a disease.” Modern Healthcare

Florida to begin statewide appointment system for vaccine: “Florida’s director of emergency management said Thursday (1/14) that a statewide appointment system for COVID-19 vaccinations should be ready within weeks, bringing order to the chaos marking Florida’s rollout of vaccines to its most vulnerable residents.” - ABC

SWFL mental health leaders: We're at a 'crisis point' for kids: “Pandemic-spurred demand for mental health services has reached a crisis point, further straining Southwest Florida’s under-resourced system, said top providers who came together last week to call for support and advocacy to better serve the sick." - 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.
The Retired Physicians Association of Southwest Florida was formed in 1995, and continues its mission for Retired Physicians in Collier and Lee Counties. Retired Physicians are invited to join. More Info | Website
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Current Promotion: 21% off orders for limited time plus 10% back to CCMS and our Foundation on all sales. 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.
Renew Your CCMS Membership Today! The 2021 CCMS dues deadline was Dec. 31, 2020. Invoices were recently mailed to members who pay individually, or to practice administrators for group payment. Members (or their groups) can also pay online at ccmsonline.org/membership. Thank you for renewing!
CCMS Alliance: CCMSA invites physician spouses and CCMS members to join/renew their membership in the Alliance - Submit dues online | CCMSA President's Letter/Membership Form
Physician Wellness article of the week: "How to Lead When Your Team Is Exhausted — and You Are, Too"
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
Thurs. Feb. 4, 6:00-7:15pm
This virtual seminar will feature a presentation on the 5-Year Strategic Plan to address mental health and addiction in our community, with speakers from the Collier Coalition for Healthy Minds. Q&A to follow. Free for CCMS members and staff of CCMS member practices. Zoom link emailed after registering.
CCMS Webinar Recording (1/19) "Updates on COVID-19 Vaccines" View Online

Partner Events:
Note: Click here for information on various CME courses available

FMA CME Restream - COVID-19 Update: Where We Go From Here 
Fri., Jan. 29, 1:00-4:00PM
This panel-based activity (originally livestreamed on 1/9) updates Florida healthcare professionals with compelling information and emerging data about the COVID-19 pandemic and available vaccines. Register no later than 6:30PM on Jan. 29. 3 CME Credits. Cost: $250, FMA members save $125. Register

AMA Professional Satisfaction & Practice Sustainability - Webinar Series
Designed to deliver actionable, solution-based resources, helpful guidance for alleviating stress on health care systems, and insights and expert perspectives on actions and interventions that drive proactive change. Register online
Imagine Solutions Virtual Conference 2021
Mon. | Tues. | Wed. Feb. 22, 23 & 24
Mon. | Tues. | Wed. March 1, 2 & 3
On-demand recordings included
Featuring 19 world class thought leaders including healthcare speakers Robert Langer, ScD, Cofounder of Moderna and Penny Heaton, MD, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute. $200/per person, or free for essential workers at non-profit organizations. More Info. | Register online.
“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 with outdoor seating. 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
Rebekah Bernard, M.D.
Carlos Portu, M.D.
Dr. Rebekah Bernard authored the Medical Economics article COVID-19 pandemic leads physicians to new hobbies which features Dr. Carlos Portu.
Havig MD Michael
Dr. Michael Havig was featured in the Business Observer article Dollars & Sense. (Online pg. #10)
Foundation of CCMS Accepting Applications for Scholarships for Medical / Healthcare Students
The board of directors of the Foundation of Collier County Medical Society is officially accepting applications through March 31, 2021 for two scholarship award programs: the Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship for medical students and Healthcare Student Scholarships for students enrolled in or accepted to healthcare degree programs.

Applications and requirements are available at ccmsfoundation.org, or may be obtained by calling the Foundation of CCMS, (239) 435-7727 or emailing info@ccmsonline.org. Information about the 2020 Scholarship Winners is also online.
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New Surgery Center seeking RN Administration in North Naples who is highly skilled, motivated and with experience. We offer competitive salary, health insurance, paid vacations and paid holidays. Please email your resume to choykml@hotmail.com or call Jennifer at (239) 591-2803.
Seeking physician offices who can welcome a high school student for career learning opportunities such as shadowing, scribing, lab work, research assistance, etc. Please contact CCMS if interested or for more details.
Seeking position as RN: Registered Nurse with wound care experience, trained/experienced H.B.O. nurse. Resume gladly provided upon request. Current Naples resident. Please contact (305) 978-4687 or marquesas1@comcast.net.
Seeking CAREGivers for senior clients in their homes: We are a licensed agency providing companionship and personal care for our clients. Training provided, the applicant provides a caring heart and a true desire to help others! Must be 21 years of age or older. Text the word CARE to (239) 596-2050 to apply. Or visit homeinstead.com/naplesfl.
Seeking Registered Nurse Supervisor of Inpatient Services: Highly motivated RN with flexibility to meet needs of department in the Naples area for Avow Hospice Inc. Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university preferred; at least 1-3 years hospice experience preferred. Visit https://avowcares.org/careers/.
Shared Medical office space available: 2335 Tamiami Trail N # 501, Naples, FL 34103; for more information please call Dr. Warner at (239) 572-0402.
Seeking Certified Surgical First Assistant Position: Highly motivated CSFA with excellent credentials and adroit skills seeking employment in the Naples area in the medical specialty of Plastic/Facial or Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery. License / Certification #178193 – current. Contact Dennis Griffin, CSFA,
(603) 547-5652.
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