October 6, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

Be informed about solar power, medical marijuana amendments on the ballot

They might seem like an afterthought, appearing far down on the November ballot, but the four constitutional amendments are important, and at least two of them, if passed, could have a real impact on Florida’s future.  More...

AIA brings noted architects to Southwest Florida for lecture series

The American Institute of Architects- Florida Southwest Chapter begins its 2016 Fall Lecture Series on Friday evening, Oct. 7, in the second floor gallery at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. More...

Know where to watch for traffic cops

Here’s where Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be on traffic detail:  Monday, Oct. More...

Consumer sentiment ticks up among Floridians in September

Consumer sentiment among Floridians ticked up 2.8 points in September to 90.9, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey.  Among the five components that make up the index, four increased and one remained unchanged.  More...

In the Beginning

The first patient in the 100-year history of Lee Memorial Health System was a man with appendicitis from LaBelle named Sam Thompson. More...

The 1930s

The decade ended in a whimpering finale when the stock market crashed in October of 1929. It heralded not only the end of prosperity but also the beginning of the Great Depression. More...

Lee Memorial and Modern Medicine Grow: 1970s-1980s

By 1970, the early days of Lee Memorial Hospital were fading into history and few people were still around who remembered its origins. More...

A New Century Begins; the Old Values Remain: 2000s

As one millennium ended and another dawned, Lee Memorial Health System continued evolving and expanding. Both were necessary to keep up with medical advances and Lee County’s explosive population growth. More...

Quotes

Our board members, system and community leaders, and volunteers and auxilians have provided their perspective on our historic milestone. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

RIAF

Experience the sublime, surreal, hilarious and audacious at Sarasota’s Ringling Festival

CHOREOGRAPHER/DANCER DOUG ELKINS considers himself a creative magpie; collecting various appealing things and bringing them back to his nest where he transforms them into something different. More...

It’s always time to do the time warp again

Is it time for the time warp again? When isn’t it? The Naples Players are ready to have theatergoers shivering in anticipation of Dr. More...

Compendium of Florida facts and follies links the loony, lousy and laughable

FLORIDA WRITERS

Already a New York Times bestseller, this book belongs in every Florida home. No, it’s not a hurricane survival guide. More...

SEEING THE WAY

White Cane Walk will raise awareness of the visually impaired

Considering that pedestrian traffic is relatively low in Collier County, drivers might be unaware that they are required to come to a full stop when a blind or visually impaired person using a cane attempts to cross the road. More...

Drug Free Collier hopes parents visit mock teen room to look for drugs

Drug Free Collier and the national nonprofit notMYkid have partnered for a Back-to-School Substance Abuse Prevention Campaign.  “Most parents are unaware that the average age for first-time drug experimentation is 13,” says notMYkid More...

Nissan Leaf: The practicality of an electric soul

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How does a car that comes with priority parking, $3 per fill-up and a built-in government rebate sound? The idea of an electric car can be pretty appealing before even the first mile is driven. But what about when reality sets in? More...

Hope for Haiti hopes to receive help for hurricane recovery efforts

Hope for Haiti staff members in Les Cayes, Haiti, have reported significant damage to their homes from Hurricane Matthew’s severe wind, torrential rain and resulting flooding.  More...

A reminder of the joys of Southwest Florida’s May-November season

THE DIVA DIARIES

I don’t know about you, dear readers, but this summer has made me feel more claustrophobic than usual. More...

100 Years of Caring Lee Memorial Health System

Since its founding 100 ago, Lee Memorial has been our community’s major health care provider — created, built and staffed by the people of Southwest Florida. More...

The Roaring ‘20s

By time the calendar flipped to 1920, the first baby born at Lee Memorial Health System was nearly 3 years old. That was James Fielder Allred, who arrived on March 3, 1917, six months to the day after the hospital opened. More...

Growing Up: 1940s-1960s

In the 1930s, there was just that one little building in downtown Fort Myers. As that decade wound down, work had begun in small ways for a new hospital building. More...

1990s: The Century Winds Down and Construction Goes Up

When the decade of the ’90s began, Lee Memorial Hospital was a 608-bed hospital near downtown Fort Myers. More growth would follow when HealthPark Medical Center opened in December 1991 several miles away with 220 beds. More...

A Century of Change

When Lee Memorial Hospital first opened a century ago, medical care and technology were in relative dark ages compared to the 21st century. Insulin wasn’t used until 1922, when the hospital was 6 years old. More...

Thank You

This publication would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of volunteers; and current and retired employees who helped to research, organize volumes of old documents and share their stories. More...

Business News

Not easy being GREEN

The fight to save Florida’s citrus enters decade two

WHEN THE BACTERIAL DISEASE KNOWN AS greening collided with Florida’s huge citrus industry in 2005, nobody imagined that 11 years later the state’s annual production, now worth almost $11 billion, would have dropped from a oncehigh 240 mil More...