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April 11, 2024


CCMS Mission:

Serve the needs of our physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community

Porter Wright

In this Issue

News Briefs, Member Notices, Events, Member Spotlights, 15th Annual Women’s Health Forum a Success

JK Consulting

News Briefs

What’s contributing to the physician shortage in Southwest Florida?: “(...) A physician shortage that began pre-COVID-19 has only gotten worse post-pandemic, said Dr. Zubin Pachori, co-founder and managing partner of Premier Inpatient Partners and vice president of Collier County Medical Society, who calls it “a silent epidemic that’s not talked about enough.” - Gulfshore Business

New rule will let some Florida patients, visitors, employees opt out of mask wearing: “As part of what Gov. Ron DeSantis has heralded as Florida's post-COVID era of "medical freedom," one of his health agencies is proposing a new rule that would allow some patients, visitors and health care workers to opt out of wearing masks.” - Tallahassee Democrat

Florida Supreme Court upholds state’s 15-week abortion ban, but voters will soon have a say: “The Florida Supreme Court on Monday (4/1) cleared the way for the state to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, while also giving voters a chance to remove restrictions in November.” - AP

Florida Supreme Court gives voters final say on recreational marijuana: “(…) The proposal, known as Amendment 3, will legalize the "non-medical personal use of marijuana products and marijuana accessories by an adult" 21 or older if approved by 60% or more of statewide voters.” - Naples Daily News

Crises, opportunities and the effects of ‘Live Healthy’ legislation: “Against the backdrop of a slate of “Live Healthy” bills totaling almost $800 million championed in the state Legislature this year by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, CEOs of some of Southwest Florida’s largest health care networks are focusing on the challenges and opportunities brought on by the region’s unprecedented growth.” - Gulfshore Business

Collier County Health Ranking 2024: "Collier County is faring better than the average county in Florida for Health Outcomes, and better than the average county in the nation." - County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Member Notices

Jody Alexander, M.D.

In Memoriam – Jody Alexander, M.D.

CCMS member from 1999-2011 while she practiced in Naples

CCMS is sad to announce the passing of Dr. Jody Alexander, 1949 - 2024. Dr. Alexander passed away peacefully on March 27th. Friends and family can remember her with a donation in her memory made to VITAS of Naples or Planned Parenthood.

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Neighborhood Health Clinic

Change in Poverty Qualifications and Sovereign Immunity

Neighborhood Health Clinic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved an update in federal poverty guidelines from 200% to 300%, due to the rising cost of living. Increasing the percentage will create more opportunities for people in that lower economic threshold to receive necessary care.  

Sovereign Immunity in Florida, which provides liability protection for medical professionals who give back by volunteering their time to help those in need, previously took effect within the 200% federal poverty guidelines. On March 21st, a new law in Florida amends the Sovereign Immunity statutes to include those whose family income does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level.

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Reminder, CCMS Officer Nominations due Apr. 16th

This spring, the 2024 CCMS nominating committee will present its slate of CCMS officers for 2024-2025 and candidates for alternate delegates to the FMA 2024 Annual Meeting. To submit your nomination(s) to be considered by the committee, send the nominee information by Tues., April 16th to CCMS via email or fax 239-435-7790. Please note if the nominees have consented to the nomination.

More Info. >

Invitation to join CCMS Committees

Invitation to join CCMS Committees

Committee membership is open to all CCMS members. Most committee meetings are virtual and take place in the evenings a few times each year. Committee business may also be discussed via email. If you are interested in serving on any CCMS committees, please contact April Donahue, CCMS Executive Director / (239) 435-7727.

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2024 RCC Cards

2024 RCC Cards

CCMS Members receive special $10 pricing on the 2024 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.

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Physician Wellness Program

Article of the week: "Physician burnout: What doctors really think about burnout and the proposed solutions"

Confidential, cost-free counseling/coaching sessions with the CCMS Physician Wellness Program (telehealth or in-person) are open to all CCMS physician members. The PWP member-only appointment line is (239) 208-3984.

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Upcoming Events

Spring General Membership Meeting & CME

Spring General Membership Meeting & CME

Tues., April 30, 6:00PM, Avow - Ispiri Community Center

The dinner program features CCMS updates, healthcare news, and educational presentations on tobacco cessation, lung disease, and lung transplantation. 1.5 CME credits. Complimentary for CCMS physician members and one guest each; Additional seats/non-members $75 each.

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CCMS Women Physicians Spring Social

Wed. May 9, 6:00PM, Purely You Spa

Join your women physician colleagues for an evening of peer support, wellness, & refreshments. Free for CCMS and NCH women physicians & prospective CCMS women physician members. Co-sponsored by Carrie Coats/Ameriprise Financial and NCH Women's Physician Society.

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CCMS After 5 Social

Wed. May 22, 5:30PM, FineMark National Bank & Trust

Hosted by FineMark National Bank & Trust, enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres created by their executive chef, Richard Rowland, while networking with colleagues and friends. Free for CCMS physician members, prospective members, & one guest each.

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CCMS Annual Meeting

CCMS Annual Meeting

Sat., June 15, 6:30PM, Arthrex One Conference Center

Featuring the installation of the 2024-25 CCMS Board of Directors and the Physician of the Year award. Open to the Public. Complimentary for CCMS physician members. First CCMS member guest $25; Additional seats $125 each.

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CCMS & CCMSA Everblades Hockey Family Night Apr. 13: Online regisltration is closed; email us or call 239-435-7727 for availability.

Save the Date for more CCMS Events: Oct. 5 - Foundation of CCMS Docs & Duffers Charity Golf Tournament | Nov. 15 - New Members Welcome Reception

Partner Events:

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NCH Grand Rounds (Topics Vary) | In-person or Livestream

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30AM, NCH Baker Hospital (Downtown), Classroom #3 Telford Bldg

To livestream, contact CME office at (239) 624-2795. 1 CME Credit each. Complimentary to all physicians. No RSVP required. April Grand Rounds

Member-Hosted Fundraiser Event to Re-elect Erick Carter

Wed., April 24, 5:30PM, Salon Zenergy

Dr. Stephen and Melanie Schwartz invite you to a fundraiser supporting Erick Carter, District 4 School Board Member. 

More Info. >

RSVP to Erick Carter or Melanie Schwartz

CCMSA Scholarship Fundraiser Trolley Pub Crawl

Sat., April 27, 12:00PM-6:00PM, The Oasis

The Pub Crawl fundraiser event will travel by trolley to five venues. Guests will enjoy drinks and appetizers at every stop and special treats along the way! Open to the public. Cost: $125. 

More Info. >

Register >

CCMS Member Spotlights

Email your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue

Dr. Rebekah Bernard

Dr. Rebekah Bernard contributed the Medical Economics article Doctors need love, too.

Dr. Maxim Chasanov

Congratulations to Dr. Maxim Chasanov who was recognized in the Gulfshore Business article Health Care Heroes 2024 for Health Care Prevention (Individual).

Dr. Robert Cubeddu

Dr. Robert Cubeddu was featured in the Gulfshore Business article Chartering Florida’s Health care Future. (Pg. #38 print, Pg. #40 online).

Dr. Jose Valle Giler contributed the Medscape article No Pulse': An MD's First Night Off in 2 Weeks Turns Grave.

Dr. Glenn Groat

Congratulations to Dr. Glenn Groat who was recently elected to the Foundation of CCMS Board of Directors.

Dr. Paul Jones

Dr. Paul Jones was featured in the Naples Daily News article Lifeline for needy reaches 25-year milestone in Collier County. What's next?

Dr. Svetlana Kogan

Dr. Svetlana Kogan contributed the Life in Naples article Spring and Summer Herald Change. (Pg. #32 print/ online).

Dr. Brett Stanaland

Dr. Brett Stanaland was featured in the Naples Illustrated article Let’s Clear the Air. (Pg. #198 print, Pg. #200 online).

15th Annual Women’s Health Forum a Resounding Success

As part of its ongoing efforts to be a health resource for residents and visitors in Collier County, CCMS and the Foundation of CCMS were pleased to host the 15th Annual Women’s Health Forum, a free health education event for the public, on Sat., Mar. 23rd at the Naples United Church of Christ.

The Forum, with the theme “Fit & Fabulous You: Today & Beyond” focused on helping attendees develop a deeper understanding of their health and what it takes to become more “fit & fabulous”.

Each year the Forum also enables CCMS to donate funds to its charitable Foundation, to help provide scholarships for future medical professionals and support for local healthcare programs in need. Attendee donations at the door totaled $1,550, and CCMS is donating $5,000 of the sponsor and exhibitor fees.

The 15th Annual Women’s Health Forum was made possible with the generosity of presenting sponsors Hobdari Family Health, Inspire Exercise Medicine/Magnolia Breast Center, and Wintrust Wealth Management. Numerous sponsor and exhibitors were also critical to the event’s success.

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