1. Changes In Pediatrics

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    Now 25, Jere Marvin made it into adulthood, with her medical needs cared for by the family pediatrician. “My entire life, I’ve been with Dr. Kash since I was born,” says Jere Marvin, patient. And now....It’s her daughter’s turn. “Pandora is 10 months and I don't know what to do without Dr. Kash; he’s part of our family,” says Marvin. Dr. Irwin Kash is retiring, after more than four decades as a doctor in Southwest Florida. His career chronicles the changes in pediatrics. “I haven’t done a spinal tap in multiple years and I’d say I use to do overall three a week as opposed to none in years. And it’s because the immunizations preventing the common causes of meningitis,” says Dr. Irwin Kash, pediatrician with Lee Memorial Health System. Many ailments that used to plague the pediatric population are all but gone. Including chicken pox, measles, whooping cough and diphtheria... provided children get their vaccinations. “There’s been a tremendous growth in the amount of immunizations. And some parents are upset, why so many? Well, we prevent disease,” says Dr. Kash. Despite the huge leap in medical advancements that are keeping our children disease free, its own lifestyles that might be making them sick. “There’s been an explosion of obesity and obesity has many complications. You start with disease of the arteries of the heart as young as two years of age. And that can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, sleep problems and that can in turn lead to not doing well in school,” says Dr. Kash. The obesity epidemic is setting up a generational shift. For the first time ever, our children may not live as long as we do. “This has been looked at by epidemiologist and endocrinologist and that’s the prognostication. People may not be making it to their 60’s,” says Dr. Kash. There is hope for little ones like Pandora. They can right the course by taking a healthy path. Eating right, exercising. “Let’s see that smile,” says Dr. Kash. And building a relationship with their doctor. “He always knew what was happening and he was always compassionate about it. Thinking about it makes me want to cry,” says Marvin. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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      • Dunbar House- Diversity Medicine

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        Flanking the side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, the Lee Physician Group Dunbar United Way House is positioned to help many who are battling serious health problems. “A lot of chronic issues such as hypertension, diabetes, COPD. We have had patients with osteoarthritis, heart disease,” says Dr. Sindy Bernot, a family medicine physician with Lee Memorial Health System. Access to health care is traditionally limited for those who don’t speak English. Dr. Bernot is helping cross the cultural divide. “I speak Creole, I speak French and my Spanish is getting up there; but I’m working on that still,” says Dr. Bernot. Even with limited resources, Steve Papsum knows he can get help here. “This place is for everybody. It doesn’t matter what your nationality is. These people are here they don’t look at your color they don’t look at your background they don’t look at your financial situation,” says Papsum. Research finds having a diverse group of doctors and staff encourages minorities to get help, by making them comfortable in their surroundings. “So if you are able to reach them in that language and hopefully understand that culture a little better sometimes does make a difference with compliance. So we are seeing results,” says Dr. Bernot. Building a neighborhood practice that reflects the neighborhood, translates into better patient outcomes. “This is a safe place people are welcome. We do not ask questions about what the situation is. If you need the care, we provide the care,” says Dr. Bernot. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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        • Dunbar House: Breaking Down Barriers

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          In its first year, Dunbar House has become a destination for low income, chronically ill and underserved residents of east Lee County. “I’ve seen a lot of growth. As far as ‘no show’ rate, it used to be very high; now I’m seeing most patients. ‘No show’ rate is down to about 20 percent,” says Dr. Sindy Bernot, a physician with Lee Memorial Health System. Part of Lee Physician Group, the medical practice helps a slice of the community which often falls through the cracks. People like Estrella Vargas, who had few options for care, but much need for it. “I’m a heavy smoker, I’m on an asthma pump,” says Vargas, a patient at the Lee Physician Group Dunbar United Way House. When the medical practice opened in her neighborhood, it took away a big obstacle: transportation. Estrella couldn’t pass up the opportunity. “Because the doctor is closer. It’s not like I have to take two or three buses to get to my doctor,” says Vargas. The American Medical Association found minorities are less likely to get routine medical care while having higher rates of chronic diseases. The same study showed neighborhood practices are making a difference. “I have seen a lot of trends, a lot of chronic issues such as hypertension, diabetes, COPD. We have had patients with osteoarthritis, heart disease. My schedule is booked the next couple of months,” says Dr. Bernot. Medical care is made easy here. When you take away transportation issues, financial barriers even cultural divides, people are more likely to take charge of their health. “A lot of the patients we serve are uninsured so people are taking this opportunity to get back on track with their health. Unfortunately, a lot of them have lost their jobs and don’t qualify like they used to with their chronic issues and we are here to help,” says Dr. Bernot. With a sliding scale, based on ability to pay, Dunbar House is offering a healthy option. One this community can’t afford to ignore. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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