January 2014 Edition - Health Matters


At North Naples Hospital, the SeaCAREium specializes in taking care of our communities youngest patients. Kids come first at NCH At North Naples Hospital, the SeaCAREium specializes in taking care of our communities youngest patients. i s come first at NCH Taking Care of our Community’s Youngest Patients.

been an influx of pediatric subspecialists into the community including pediatric doctors who specialize in cardiology, pul- monology, neurology, gastroenterology and orthopedics. “With these changes at NCH, the kids are now more likely to be evaluated and stabilized in the Emergency Department and then admitted where Dr. Lopez will be able to oversee them and request specialists as needed af- ter diagnosis,” Dr. Myers says. “All of these milestones are for the benefit of local area children and would not have been possible without the generous support of the com- munity, in particular the 24-bed inpatient rooms of the MacDonald SeaCAREium made possible by a substantial donation in 2006 from Robert and Mariann MacDonald.” At the 55th annual NCH Hospital Ball held in October 2013, the MacDonald fam- ily once again provided their generous support to the children of Collier and south Lee counties by making a contribution to NCH of $6,000,000. A portion of their generous donation has been al- located to the renovation of the Pediatric Emer- gency Department and will allow us to grow from five rooms to 12 modern state-of-the-art treat- ment rooms. A new dedicated pediatric resusci- tation room will be added as well. These rooms will allow kids to be distracted during painful procedures and have proven benefits to enhance and expedite the healing process for ill children. “All of these new features will provide im- proved health care to children in this community, enhance the services available at NCH, and make the facility more ‘kid’ friendly,” Dr. Myers says. “We are very grateful to all of those who have donated funds and equipment, and also to the volunteers - all of whom are advocates for children and children’s health,” Dr. Myers adds. “They recognize the benefit of this ER to our community.”

In 2011 Dr. Pia Myers was selected to be Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at NCH. Her appointment to the team of special lifesavers at NCH was part of the hospital’s continuing effort to strengthen the pediatric services and treatment available to the children of Collier and south Lee coun- ties.Her joining NCHhas helped reduce emo- tional and financial burdens for many families by eliminating the need to travel to other re- gional pediatric health facilities for care. NCH is now better able to treat the serious health care needs of children right here at home. “We needed a more established fully capa- ble, functional, local pediatric ER to serve the 80,000+ kids in our region,” Dr. Myers stated. She goes on to say that there is a major dif- ference between the treatment of children and adults, especially in emergency cases involving illnesses in children with congenital cardiac issues, medication overdoses, or even severe asthma. Children are not “mini” adults– they require age appropriate medications, weight- based dosing; and a child’s mental, physical, and emotional development are different therefore when diagnosing pediatric patients there are many unique considerations that must be addressed. Dr. Myers is double board certified in adult and pediatric emergency medicine. In NCH’s ongo-

How can I help the children of Collier and South Lee Counties?

How can I help the children of Collier an South Lee Counties

If you would like to support the Pediatric

ER project, contact the NCH Foundation at 239-624-2000 , email: f oundation@ nchmd.org or visit nchmd.org / donate.

ingplanning toenhance pediatric emergency ser- vices, the Pediatric Inpatient Director, Dr. Debbie Lopez, helped lay

the foundation for treating area children. She and her team have created a wellness legacy for Southwest Florida kids. In addition there has


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