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January 11, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

American Legion Post #90 to hold blood drive Jan. 12

American Legion Post #90 will be holding a blood drive Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1-5 p.m. The Lee Health Bloodmobile will be stationed at the post, 1401 S.E. 47th St., Cape Coral. The goal of the drive is 27+ units.

Donations made through the Lee Health Blood Center will stay in Lee County and benefit local residents and visitors in need. All donors will receive a thank you gift and a wellness checkup, including blood pressure, temperature, iron control and cholesterol screening.

For more information or to schedule a bloodmobile visit, call Lee Health at 239-343-2333.

Powell named CEO at 21st Century Oncology

21st Century Oncology has announced that Charlie Powell, CMPE, FACHE, joined the company as the chief operating officer on Jan. 1. A cancer care provider, the company welcomes Powell as the newest member of its "One Dream Team."

Powell brings an extensive background in physician practice, ambulatory facility and hospital leadership experience in health systems, as well as private practices. Powell's accomplishments in establishing physician-led governance structures, increasing quality, safety and service scores and improving revenue cycle operations, as well as his expertise in turnaround, population health and strategic planning, align well with the new 21st Century Oncology's vision for the future.

Powell joins 21st Century Oncology from KentuckyOne Health in Louisville, Kentucky, where he served as the president, physician enterprise and ambulatory for Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital.

Powell also held positions at Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tennessee, as CEO, physician services and CEO, Saint Thomas Heart. He also served as CEO, Northeast Georgia Heart Center in Gainesville, Georgia, and COO, Piedmont HealthCare in Statesville, North Carolina.

21st Century Oncology is a global provider of Integrated Cancer Care services. The company employs or is affiliated with more than 928 physicians globally to deliver cancer care in personal and convenient settings. Headquartered in Fort Myers, 21st Century Oncology operates 169 treatment centers, including 131 centers located in 16 U.S. states. In addition, the company operates 36 centers located in eight countries in Latin America. For more information, please visit

Free autism screening for young children today at Golisano

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to 5 years of age.

The next screening on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be held today, Jan. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Healthy Life Center Coconut Point, 23450 Via Coconut Point, Estero.

It is estimated that one in every 59 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

Medical consultants for the project stress that an early diagnosis can make a vast difference for toddlers and their families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make an immense difference not just in the development of the child, but in their families as well.

A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, please call 239-343-6838.

Florida Skin Center offers plastic surgery procedures by world-renowned doctor

Florida Skin Center is now offering plastic surgery procedures out of its Fort Myers office, 13691 Metropolis Ave., in conjunction with Andrea P. Basile, M.D., a world-renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon.

Basile performs breast surgery, including augmentations, lifts and implant removal; body sculpting, including liposuctions, tummy tucks and CoolSculpting; and facial surgery, including facelifts, laser resurfacing and neck liposuctions. These procedures can help patients, called guests, reduce signs of aging, enhance facial aesthetics and sculpt the body to achieve a desired appearance.

Florida Skin Center charges a $150 consultation fee, which is applied to a guest's selected procedure. All consultations are provided by Basile.

The founder and medical director of BASILE Plastic Surgery, Basile dedicates his Naples-based practice to surgical and noninvasive approaches to beauty enhancement.

For more information, call (239) 231-1465. Online at

Florida Skin Center opened its doors in 2001. Currently with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Punta Gorda, Florida Skin Center maintains a focus on patient care, with same-day, early-morning and walk-in appointments readily available. Insurance and billing are handled on-site, and scheduling is strategically constructed to move a patient's day along as he or she desires. Please call 239-561-3376 or online visit

Pediatric dentist named one of America's best

The National Consumer Advisory Board re-nominated Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD as one of America's best dentist for 2019. Verwest selection is based on a proprietary assessment of a dentist's experience, training, continuing education and commitment to excellence to ensure the most impartial unbiased review of all applicants.

He is a board certified diplomat of the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry with professional interests in the areas of pediatric pharmacology, biomaterials and pediatric anesthesia.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates has provided pediatric dental care to children for over 25 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, X-rays and tooth nerve treatment.

For more information, visit or call 239-482-2722.



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