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HURRICANE IAN: Health related questions, concerns, information

Lonnie Garretson cries on Thursday (9/29/2022) upon seeing damage to mobile homes and flooding in Suncoast Estates in North Fort Myers. "This hurts deeply," said Garretson. Garretson has lived in the trailer park community since 1967.
Kinfay Moroti
Special to WGCU
Lonnie Garretson cries on Thursday (9/29/2022) upon seeing damage to mobile homes and flooding in Suncoast Estates in North Fort Myers. "This hurts deeply," said Garretson. Garretson has lived in the trailer park community since 1967.

Advocate Radiation Oncology

  • Locations open:
  • Fort Myers: 15681 New Hampshire Court, 239-437-1977
  • Cape Coral, 909 Del Prado Blvd. S., 239-217-8070
  • Bonita Springs, 25243 Elementary Way, 239-317-2772
  • Bradenton, 5325 State Road 64, 941-220-6263
  • Naples, 1775 Davis Blvd., 239-372-2838
  • Port Charlotte, 3080 Harbor Blvd., 941-883-2199
  • Website: advocatero.com
  • Additional notes: The listed cancer treatment centers are open for treatment for both existing and new patients. Locations in West Palm Beach and Tamarac are also available on the East Coast of Florida.

Avow Hospice

  • Address: 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples
  • Phone: Avow is always open to help. Call 239-261-4404 or toll free 888-484-AVOW (2869) any time to speak to a team member
  • Website: avowcares.org
  • Donations: In-kind donations are now being accepted at the Avow campus to supply necessities to Avow employees, patients and families. Needs include towels, sheets, air mattresses, pillows, personal hygiene supplies of toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, wipes, non-perishable food, water, Gatorade, cleaning supplies, trash bags, first aid supplies, batteries, flashlights, battery and cell phone chargers, portable fans, blue tarps, paper towels and toilet paper. Gift cards ($25 denominations best) are also appreciated for gas, grocery, Walmart, and Target. Any support will make a difference. To donate cash, visit avowcares.org.

Elite DNA Behavioral Health

  • Elite DNA Behavioral Health, a comprehensive behavioral and mental health care provider, has reopened the following locations:
    • Fort Myers – Metro: 4310 Metro Parkway, Suite 205, 239-223-2751
    • Port Charlotte: 3191 Harbor Blvd., Suites A-B, 941-883-4518
  • Website: EliteDNA.com

Healthcare Network

  • Locations:
    • Marion E. Fether (MEF), 1454 Madison Ave. W., Immokalee
    • FSU College of Medicine and iTech, 1441 Heritage Blvd., Immokalee
    • Nichols Community Health Center Golden Gate, 12655 Collier Blvd., Naples
    • Children’s Care East (CCE ), 6350 Davis Blvd. #1001, Naples
    • Dental Care East (DCE) located in Naples, 1749 Heritage Trl., #801, Naples
    • Children’s Care North (CCN), 1265 Creekside Parkway, #208, Naples
    • Family Care North (FCN), 1265 Creekside Parkway, #206, Naples
    • Family Care iTech (FCIT), 508 North 9th Street, #142, Immokalee
    • Total Women’s Care (TWC), 1890 SW Health Pkwy, #203, Naples
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Phone: 239.658.3000 to schedule or make an appointment. Telehealth services are also available.
  • Website: https://healthcareswfl.org/
  • Donations: Anyone interested in assisting our work is encouraged to make a donation to the Community Outreach Fund. Funds will be used to purchase much-needed supplies, including bottled water, canned goods, personal care items (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste), baby diapers and adult briefs for our elderly. Visit healthcareswfl.org/donate.

NAMI Collier County

  • Sarah Ann Drop-In Center is closed due to damage
  • We know one in five people live with mental illnesses daily; with the widespread devastation that has occurred, the stressors and triggers are magnified. If you are feeling overwhelmed and need to speak to some of NAMI’s Peer Operators, call the Wam Line at 800-945-1355 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, or the National Suicide Hotline at 988.
  • Donations: https://www.namicollier.org/donate/


  • Located at 3763 Evans Avenue Ft. Myers, FL 33901
  • Phone: 239.275.3222
  • Website: https://www.saluscareflorida.org/
  • Hours: Appointments only for MAT clinic at the Evans location
  • If you have an appointment scheduled for any time before Oct. 7, it may be rescheduled, unless you have an appointment in the MAT clinic, which is operating on schedule.


Lee Physician Group and Lee Convenient Care Offices Reopening

Lee Convenient Care – Page Field will be open 7 a.m.-5 p.m., starting on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. Lee Physician Group Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine will be reopening on Monday, Oct. 3. Other Lee Physician Group offices will open as quickly as safely possible and may be as early as next week.

Lee TeleHealth is Free and DispatchHealth is Available Starting Tomorrow

Remember, Lee TeleHealth, on-demand urgent care, is available at no cost for the foreseeable future. This service is accessible from a smartphone, tablet or computer with a webcam by visiting https://www.leetelehealth.org/landing.htm.

DispatchHealth, which provides in-home urgent care, will also be operational to provide care in the community tomorrow, Oct. 1. Patients can request care via phone by calling 239-322-3435, or by visiting DispatchHealth’s mobile app or website; no referral is needed.

Lee Pharmacy Sites Open 24 Hours/Day Today and Tomorrow

· Lee Memorial Hospital (239-343-2800)

· Gulf Coast Medical Center (239-343-1600)

· HealthPark Medical Center (239-343-5100)

· Cape Coral Hospital (239-424-2456)

· Coconut Point (239-468-0090)

Millennium Physicians

Millennium's North Port Walk-In Medical Center and an additional Venice walk-in are open as of Wednesday, Oct. 5, bringing total number of urgent-care clinics available to serve the public to six.

More than 100 doctor offices are also open for scheduled and same-day appointments. Telehealth visits are also available.

Walk-In Medical Centers (listed north to south):

  • North Port: 13823 Tamiami Trail, North Port,7am - 7pm
  • Venice: 1700 E. Venice Ave, Venice, Tentatively 7:30am - 6pm
  • Venice: 1287 US Highway 41 Bypass S, Venice, 7am - 6pm
  • Port Charlotte: 2450 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, 7am - 7pm
  • Fort Myers: 13813 Metro Pkwy., Fort Myers, Noon - 5pm
  • Naples: 400 8th Street N, Naples, 10am - 4pm


All open offices are seeing existing patients, both for scheduled and same-day appointments to help alleviate stress on hospitals. Click here for a real time office-by-office map or call 844.225.5674 now.


Available any time. Please call your doctor's office or use the patient portal for a video or telephone visit. Schedule a virtual visit here or call 844.225.5674 now.

  • Patient Contact Center is available to schedule in-person and virtual appointments at 844.CALL.MPG/ 844.225.5674 
  • Enterprise hurricane information line: 855.674.5463

Connect with us on social media for office-by-office status updates:

  • Facebook: @MillenniumPhysicianGroup
  • Instagram: @millenniumphysician


In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, there continues to be many areas with

standing water. The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) reminds

everyone to do their part in preventing mosquito breeding. Residents are asked to “Drain and

Cover” to prevent mosquito-borne illness; it only takes a bottle cap of water for mosquitoes to

breed and multiply.

To protect against mosquitoes, DOH-Collier urges the public to “Drain and Cover”:

DRAIN standing water:

 Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any

other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.

 Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other

items that are not being used.

 Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.

 Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.

 Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty

plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER your skin with:

 CLOTHING - If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear

shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.

 REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use

repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, oil

of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.

 NETTING - Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

COVER doors and windows with screens:

 Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors,

porches, and patios.

TIPS on Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites:

 Clean out troughs and gutters.

 Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in playgrounds to drain.

 Turn over or remove empty plastic pots.

 Pick up all beverage containers and cups.

 Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water.

 Replace water in birdbaths and pet or other animal feeding dishes at least once a



 Change water in plant trays, including hanging plants, at least once a week.

 Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the flow of water.


Tips for Insulin Dependent Residents: Insulin-dependent residents that do not have a way to keep the insulin refrigerated should contact their pharmacist. The length of time the insulin will last depends on the manufacturer, and their pharmacist should have the requirements for their insulin.

For Hurricane Ian information, call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center at 941-833-4000 or 941-743-1320.

Follow Charlotte County Emergency Management for important emergency information at www.charlottecountyfl.gov/em, www.facebook.com/oemcharlottecounty, and www.twitter.com/ccoem.

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