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Gulf Coast Village opens Palmview, new assisted living and memory support residences

Gulf Coast Village is proud to announce the opening of Palmview, a new assisted living and memory support residence in Cape Coral.

The community welcomed more than 50 residents during opening week, and several floor plans are still available in the new state-of-the-art, 130,980-square-foot residence located on the Gulf Coast Village campus at 1433 Santa Barbara Blvd. in Cape Coral.

Palmview is part of the Gulf Coast Village community, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) that offers the full continuum of care for adults over 62, encompassing independent living, assisted living, specialized memory support, skilled nursing, outpatient services and home health care.

Residents at Palmview can enjoy spacious, well-appointed one-bedroom or two-bedroom residences, featuring kitchens with modern appliances, walk-in closets, some with washer/dryers, cooktops and dishwashers and all include a smart TV with complimentary Wi-Fi. Memory Support residences offer spacious private suites with full-private baths. Amenities at Palmview include a media room for entertaining with drop screens for videos, movies or presentations, six on-site dining venues and several recreational areas where residents can participate in a variety of events and programs.

Inspired from the natural elements of the Florida coastline, the new assisted living, and memory care residences at Gulf Coast Village is designed as a place where residents can discover a mix of engaging opportunities, encouraging an active lifestyle and enriching their daily experience.

Seniors and families interested in learning more about Palmview can visit or call (239) 217-4224.

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed encompassing:  independent living, assisted living, specialized memory support, skilled nursing, outpatient services and home health care.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a major provider of professional long-term care, including assisted living, home health care, and nursing home care. Their work touches the mind, body, heart – and ultimately the spirit – of those they serve, integrating a deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.


Prasad named Chief Medical Officer of Lee Physician Group

Lee Health is proud to welcome Venkat Prasad, M.D., MBA/MHA, FAAFP, chief medical officer of Lee Physician Group.

In his new role, Dr. Prasad will oversee Lee Physician Group’s clinical operations, focusing on ensuring the continued delivery of high-quality patient care, as well as improving the overall health of the community. As part of a shared leader model, known as a dyad, Dr. Prasad joins Kris Fay, MHA, CMPE, Lee Physician Group and Physician Services chief administrative officer.

“We are excited to have Dr. Prasad join our team,” says Scott Nygaard, M.D., MBA, Lee Health chief medical and clinical integration officer. “He has significant experience serving as a bedside physician, and as medical director of physician networks and community health centers—which makes him well-qualified for this new role.”

Prior to joining Lee Health and Lee Physician Group, Dr. Prasad served UNC Physicians Network in Morrisville, N.C. as medical director, associate quality assurance medical director and, most recently, senior medical director. As senior medical director, Dr. Prasad was responsible for overseeing the clinical functions of employed providers and their practice sites and services. Focused on quality and empowering leaders, Dr. Prasad founded the UNC Physicians Network for Physician Leaders to help develop physicians and advanced providers into stronger leaders. 

Dr. Prasad has also served as the physician and medical director at Rex Family Practice in Wakefield, N.C., as well as medical director with Tri-County Community Health Center in Newton Grove, N.C.

Dr. Prasad is board-certified in Family Practice and Urgent Care Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, holds a Master of Business Administration/Master of Health Administration and is a Certified Physician Executive.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Formerly known as Lee Memorial Health System, the organization began its second century of service with a new name in 2016. Learn more at


City of Cape Coral’s CAFR report receives ‘Certificate of Achievement’ for 30th consecutive year

The “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” has been awarded to the City of Cape Coral by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the City’s comprehensive annual financial report. 

This is the 30th consecutive year Cape Coral has received the award.  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 

“Our Finance Department, led by Director Victoria Bateman, has done outstanding work to achieve this recognition once again,” said City Manager John Szerlag.  “Receiving this award for the 30th consecutive year demonstrates the City’s continuing commitment to professional excellence.”

The certificate of achievement is awarded to local governments that go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency.  The City of Cape Coral’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story, and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.  The City’s CAFR reports are online at under the “Departments” tab and Financial Services.” 

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC.


May 15 deadline set for Uncommon Friends Foundation’s Character Education Teacher of the Year nominations

Monday, May 15 is the deadline for nominations for the annual Character Education Teacher Award to be presented by the Uncommon Friends Foundation at Uncommon Evening on November 2, 2017.

Educators in elementary, middle and high schools throughout Lee, Charlotte, and Collier counties who have taught the Foundation’s Character Education Curriculum are eligible.

The full eligibility criteria and nomination form are available at The completed nomination form and a letter of support from the nominee’s supervising administrator must be emailed to no later than May 15, 2017.

The award recognizes outstanding educators who teach character education using the Foundation’s “Lessons Learned from the Uncommon Friends,” as well as inspire their students to adopt and live by the ethical characteristics of the five uncommon friends—Edison, Ford, Firestone, Carrel, and Lindbergh.

The programs for grades 3-8 and for high school and beyond are available at no charge at the web link above and through teacher training sessions and classroom encounters. It is also available in SMART Board format through the School District of Lee County’s website for teacher access. They meet the Florida educational standards and are easily aligned with the standards of other states.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders. It promotes character education in schools, ethics in the workplace, and preservation of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens and James Newton Archives. For more information, visit or call (239) 337-9503.