Cape Coral News & Notes (Mar. 8, 2017)
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City adds interactive “311” map portal to track code, 311 calls online
The City of Cape Coral is providing another web portal that offers citizens easy access to information on code cases and 311 calls. The new 311.capecoral.net site is a live, interactive map where users can find updates and information on code cases and 311 issues throughout the city.
“We are using our GIS mapping system to provide more access to open data for our citizens,” said Michelle Hoffmann, Director of the City’s Information Technology Services Department. “This new, interactive map will allow viewers to track code cases and inquiries to the City’s “311” Call Center” and receive real-time updates.”
The interactive map gives users the ability to zoom to locations or search by address. Checkboxes are provided to enable viewers to add or remove specific categories, which will expand or reduce search results. In addition to being able to view active or completed cases, the site provides a link where users can submit a 311 issue.
Lee Health Foundation receives AARP Foundation grant
Lee Health among seven community-based organizations selected to receive funds nationwide
AARP Foundation has awarded a generous grant of more than $500,000 to Lee Health Foundation to provide a medically prescribed, nutritionally appropriate home delivered meal program for patients currently or at risk of becoming malnourished in Southwest Florida. This national grant initiative is designed to advance evidence-based solutions that help vulnerable older adults in one of AARP Foundation’s four main areas:
- Encourage more working-age older adults to become employed and better equipped to protect their financial assets.
- Help create a food-secure community where older adults have access to healthy, safe and affordable foods.
- Ensure older adults are able to keep and maintain the place called home.
- Aide in creating a socially connected community and help reduce the risk of social isolation for older adults.
“For many older adults food security, housing security, and financial security can be at risk as we age,” said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “AARP Foundation is proud to work with organizations committed to helping older adults live their best lives by connecting them with trustworthy resources in their own communities.”
Lee Health will use the grant to support the Flavor Harvest@Home program, an innovative nutrition intervention program designed to improve the identification of and care for patients who are currently malnourished or at risk of becoming malnourished. Created by Lee Health’s Food and Nutrition Services and supported by grants from Bank of America and the Allen Foundation, Flavor Harvest@Home has served over 900 individuals at two Lee Health hospitals – Cape Coral Hospital and Gulf Coast Medical Center, with plans to expand to all Lee Health Hospitals by then end of the year in 2017. Those assessed most at risk have generally been elderly patients in the hospital for cardiac issues, surgical services, orthopedic, pulmonary and gastrointestinal conditions. The program has shown to positively impact readmission rates, reducing the cost of care and shortening length of stay for those patients participating in the program.
Flavor Harvest@Home is currently available only to patients admitted to the hospital. The AARP grant will make it possible for the program to expand into the outpatient arena through offices operated by Lee Health’s Lee Physician Group. Poor nutrition and malnutrition are often contributing factors for hospitalization for patients with complex medical conditions such as pulmonary and cardiovascular disease. By identifying the most at-risk patients and intervening early, Lee Health and Lee Physician Group aim to improve patient health, and reduce hospitalizations and lengths of stay.
“The program will likely begin in June and could impact as many as 700 individuals over the next two years. It is by design a nutrition program that works to address medically induced food deserts, a condition in which an individual is unable to secure, prepare or manage their nutritional needs based on restrictions created by their medical condition, in our elder populations” says Larry Altier, creator of the program and director of food and nutrition services for Lee Health.
There is no defining demographic for eligibility other than one of medical necessity. Patients who are identified as being at risk for undernourishment as defined by set criteria and their physicians see the meal program as appropriate for their care; they will be offered the opportunity to participate in the program.
To find out more about Lee Health’s Flavor Harvest@Home program or programs made possible through Lee Health Foundation, visit LeeHealthFoundation.org. Please visit aarpfoundation.org to learn more about AARP Foundation grants program.
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem-solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.
About Lee Health Foundation
Lee Health Foundation raises philanthropic dollars on behalf of Lee Health including Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital, and Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Foundation provides financial support for many service areas including the Regional Cancer Center, Lee Health – Coconut Point, The Rehabilitation Hospital, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, Community Health Clinics and Golisano Children’s Hospital Specialty Clinics in both Charlotte and Naples. Over the past two years, the Foundation has distributed more than $53 million to Lee Health to support its lifesaving mission. Please visit LeeHealth.org/Foundation or call (239) 343-6950 for more information about the role of Lee Health philanthropy in southwest Florida.
‘Wellness Wednesday Open House’ Mar. 15 at Wellness Center – Cape Coral
Lee Health’s Wellness Center – Cape Coral (609 SE 13th Ct., Cape Coral) is hosting Wellness Wednesday, March 15, 9:00am to 12:00pm. The event will feature a variety of health and fitness screenings, valuable health information, raffle prizes, light refreshments and more.
Here are a few of the event offerings:
- Physical therapy screenings
- Body composition analysis
- Pilates Reformer demonstrations
- Lifestyle Coaching and Brain Booster information
- Health screenings by various Lee Health departments
Additionally, from noon-1:00pm, the Wellness Center – Cape Coral is offering a free Yoga Nidra workshop. An ancient meditation technique, Yoga Nidra has the power to take participants to the deepest levels of relaxation where the body and being are permeated by peace of mind and profound stillness. This workshop will provide participants with powerful tools to eliminate stress.