Doctor’s Corner – Straight Talk

Allen Weiss MD, MBA, FACP, FACR President CEO, NCH Healthcare System

For the twelfth consecutive year, I have shared thoughts about the future of healthcare in the year’s first Straight Talk and reviewed these predictions in the last.

Needless to say, we live in rapidly changing times with increased innovation, decreased resources, and intensified transparency.

Here were 2018’s three predictions with comments.

Objective quality transparency will grow.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is committed to quality, with a focus on fifty-seven, well-defined criteria in seven categories (mortality, safety, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and imaging).

Where you get care matters. We follow our CMS metrics carefully, noting the current ratings are based on reports that are at least nine months old, with most measures being longer trailing averages.

NCH’s overall ranking has improved over the past three years from three to five star, the highest possible. However, our scores on patient experience are challenging. We know we are right at the border between four and five star, with our greatest opportunity in the patient experience metric.

All our other metrics range from greatly better than average to excellent.

Prevention will accelerate.

Arguably, more important than being a repair shop, alert healthcare systems should be focused outside the four walls of their institutions.

NCH is the sponsor of the very successful Blue Zones Project for Southwest Florida. We have been recognized as the healthiest and happiest community in the nation for the third consecutive year, uniquely adding 0.2 years of life-expectancy to reach six years longer than America’s average.

Sadly, for the first time since 1963, the nation’s overall life-expectancy has decreased for the past two years.

The following paragraph was sent to me from Deb Logan, Director of Southwest’s Blue Zones Project: As we close 2018, I want to thankyou and NCH’s board for your community well-being vision and support of the Blue Zones Project—SWFL. As you are aware, we have had another wildly successful year. We are on target to meet our goals throughout Collier County, Bonita, and Estero and will begin our official work on Marco Island in 2019. Although we were pleasantly buoyed by the 2017 Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being data comparison to our 2015 baseline, we are anticipating seeing even more robustly positive four-year comparison data in July 2019.

With more than 550 organizations now participating and an estimated 165,000 individuals touched by the project, we are confident healthy choices are getting easier in SWFL.

Please enjoy a year-in-review video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b1m4oR87IA

Single-Payer Insurance will gain acceptance.

Even though nonindividual or system alone can determine changes in healthcare policy, what we have now is clearly not working as well as it should. Interestingly, Medicare, although not perfect, has an 80% approval rating from those covered. An efficient single-payer system focused on prevention and employing behavioral economics to motivate citizens would improve health, lower costs, cover everyone, shrink waste, and better utilize limited resources.

Many definitions/models of single-payer are being discussed as this subject was and continues to be top of mind for our nation.

We are always focused on quality for patients and prevention for the community we serve, while being completely cognizant that our model of care is ripe for change. This past year’s three predictions are effective ways of helping everyone live a longer, happier, and healthier life.

Sporty Sweethearts

Michelle Avola
Ex Director of NPC

Whether you are in a new relationship, have been with that special someone for years, or you’re blessed with the opportunity to focus on treating yourself right these days, we can all get in a rut when it comes to planning something fun to do.

Since it is Valentine’s month – why celebrate something as wonderful as love for just one day – I thought it would be fun to write about some active ways to have fun with the one you love.

Have you ever tried geocaching? Think of a fun scavenger hunt, add some technology (just a smart phone or GPS), throw on your walking shoes and head out the door.

There are thousands and thousands of geocaches all over the world, and a bunch right here in Naples. Check out https://www.geocaching.com/play to learn more about it and find one near you.

When was the last time you went to the zoo? I mean, who doesn’t enjoy creatures and critters of every shape and size imaginable, from a safe distance, of course? If you haven’t been to the Naples Zoo in a while, put on some comfy shoes, make sure your phone has enough storage to take lots of pictures with your sweetie and the animals, and make a day of it.

Another fun activity to do solo, with that someone special, or as a family is a bike ride along the Gordon River Greenway. Looking for a longer route to ride? Stop by any of our local bike shops, community centers, or City Hall and pick up the newest edition of the Naples Bicycle and Tourism Map published in partnership by Naples Pathways Coalition, the City of Naples and the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization.

This great resource shows where to find the multi-use pathways, sidewalks, bike lanes and paved shoulders across Collier County so you can plan a safe route to ride wherever you live.

Parking in Naples this time of year can be a challenge but finding a bike rack or post to lock your bike on is easy.

Why not take the map I just mentioned and pedal to lunch, dinner or wherever your sense of adventure takes you? Errands are just errands when you go by car but biking with your honey to pick up the ingredients for a special dinner you prepare together at home makes the errands a lot more interesting!

We can’t overlook the obvious simply because we live in paradise, but what about mixing it up a little? A sunset stroll on the beach is always great, but what about a late night stroll on the beach? Like looking for shells? How about making a friendly competition to see who can find the most of a certain shape or color, the smallest and the largest, etc.?

A few tips: low tide is the best time for shelling, only take a few home if you must but it’s better to leave them for someone else to discover, and if that shell has someone using it as its home, just take a picture and leave it be!

One last suggestion for something fun for anyone to do, signup for the Naples Bike Brunch that will be held on Sunday, March 3rd at Fleischmann Park. There will be rides for any fitness level: 5, 20, 40, 62 and 100 mile routes with well-stocked rest stops along the way and help from several Naples bike shops if needed, a delicious and hearty lunch catered by Moe’s, craft beer, music, a silent auction and vendor expo with games and prizes.

Visit www.RegisterBikeBrunch.com for all the details!

Michelle Avola is the Executive Director of Naples Pathways Coalition (NPC), a non-profit organization that works to create safe, bikeable, walkable communities in Collier County.

For more information or to join, visit the NPC website at www.naplespathways.org or contact Michelle directly at michelle@naplespathways.org.

Construction Begins On First Buildings At Moorings Park Grande Lake As Phase 2 Sales Released

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in mid-December as Moorings Park Grande Lake, the new Life Plan (CCRC) community being developed byMoorings Park and London Bay Homes, marked the start of construction on the first buildings in Phase 1, as well as the release of residences in Phase 2.

“We are so excited to continue the Moorings Park tradition of excellence in senior living, this time in partnership with noted developer London Bay Homes,” said CEO of Moorings Park, Dan Lavender.

“We are pleased to be one of three great companies who have come together to create what is sure to be the best senior living community in Southwest Florida,” added Mark Wilson, President and CEO of London Bay Homes.

That third company is Suffolk Construction, the general contractor for the community. Those who purchase in Phase 1, which consists of 47 residences and is nearly sold out, receive a social membership to the adjacent Naples Grande Golf Club, which includes golfing privileges on the 18-hole championship golf course, and dining options in Naples Grande’s elegant club.

In addition, all Phase 1 residents will have access to the Naples Grande Beach Resort and its Har-Tru tennis courts, fitness center and spa, resort-style pool and beach, and preferred pricing on hotel rooms and dining.

While Phase 1 approaches sell out, residences in Phase 2 have also been released for sale. That includes 23 luxury residences in two residential mid-rise buildings and 16 residences located on the upper floors of the clubhouse.

All offer magnificent lake and golf course views.

Entrance fees start at $1.5 million and are 70 percent refundable. Assisted Living, Memory Care and Physicians Services are included.

Moorings Park Grande Lake will include common areas that promote social interaction. Among the planned outdoor activities and amenities are a yoga pavilion, walking paths, lakeside parklettes with boardwalks, gardens, fire pits and overlooks, several bird-watching posts, and bocce and pickleball courts.

The clubhouse, as planned, will feature casual and fine dining venues, a private dining room, long curved bar and unique wine presentation area, art studio, state-of-the-art fitness center with golf simulator, strength and cardio area, salon and spa, and a resort-style pool with poolside cabanas.

Also located in the clubhouse will be The Center for Healthy Living.

The Moorings Park Grande Lake Sales Gallery is located inside the entrance to the Naples Grande Golf Club on Premier Drive, on the south side of Golden Gate Parkway, between Airport-Pulling and Livingston roads. It’s open Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Online at MooringsParkGL.org.

Image: Representatives from Moorings Park, London Bay Homes and Suffolk Construction participated in the groundbreaking ceremony including( L to R) Wiley Parker, Josh Christensen, Al Zichella, Mark Wilson, Dan Lavender, Stephen Wilson, Steve Brinkert and Rod Nobrega.

VALENTINES FOR YOUR KITCHEN

by Clay Cox
Owner/President • Kitchens by Clay

This Valentine’s Day let’s all make a promise to love our kitchens.

I can’t tell you how many times my clients and prospective clients settle on what they almost want instead of what they truly want and will most assuredly love. Most times it takes an enormous amount of time, even years for some, to decide to go ahead with a kitchen remodel. And, it never fails that once that decision is made it seems as if the worrying really starts.

How much should I spend? I must be careful about overbuilding my neighborhood. I would like top end appliances but will settle for less in order to save money. I really want a high gloss orange island in my new kitchen, but people will think I’m crazy. I want new floors, but these will do since they aren’t in too bad condition.

I can’t tell anyone what my budget is because the contractor will make sure I spend it all and possibly more. I get it, I really do. I understand the trepidation that comes with a large output of your hard-earned money. But, I don’t agree with the thought processes in the examples above.

My advice is as follows. Build for yourself not for your neighborhood. In 10 years when you sell your home the new owners will most likely re-do to their tastes anyway. And, besides who really knows what the value of your neighborhood will be 10 years from now.

Buy your favorite appliances. I can pretty much guarantee that they are top end for a reason and will serve you well.

Please, please do the high gloss orange island. It will make you and your kitchen designer smile, if nothing else. Get new floors. Why not? Putting a new kitchen on old floors that you don’t love is silly if you think about it.

To me it’s a lot like spending a ton of money to landscape your yard but leaving the dead grass in place.

About your “budget”. Yikes! Who knows how to set a budget? Remember this, ultimately it is your own decisions that drives the price of a remodel. Your personal choices will add or subtract from the bottom line accordingly.

My homework for you is to talk to a good contractor and gather information so you can make intelligent choices based on the facts you have unveiled. And when your remodel is done make yourself a heart shaped cake to remind you how much you love your new kitchen.

Enjoy your home!

Clay Cox

Please E-mail Clay with your questions or comments at sales@kitchensbyclay.com

CORRECT CUTTING

by Erick Carter

Why is this important? Simply this: A great style starts with a great haircut.

Prior to Vidal Sassoon, the style was based on the hairdresser’s ability to set hair. Sassoon changed that. Now, a great style starts with a great haircut, and that means starting with balance – the balance points of your head shape.

Clients will often come in with the balance reversed and/or have too many layers in an attempt to gain fullness.

Understanding the balance points of the head shape is important in the beginning of a great cut. Those same balance points can help when performing a corrective cut.

If the layers are at the wrong balance points, it can give the opposite results. For example, if you are trying to achieve height on top of your head and don’t cut the layers on the balance point, your hair will fall flat. It may cause a cowlick to stand out. Your hair may split causing a hole in your style at the back of your head.

It is equally important to understand the length of a layer. Even if the layers are placed at the proper balance point, the wrong length may have the same effect as stated above. The right layers can help your hair move in the direction you desire.

As a Vidal Sassoon trained stylist and Irvin Rusk trained stylist and educator, I understand the importance of balance. I have worked with many clients to bring balance back to their hair.

But please remember that it takes time to grow out shorter pieces. It is worth it. It will make styling at home so much easier.

I would like to invite all readers to write in your questions. You can do so by email atErickcre8U@gmail.com or call me at 239.777.2380.

JAPAN “Work of self, obtainment of self”

“Work of self, obtainment of self.” This saying is the base of human success.

World traveling has taught me many foreign cultures. Japan offered an education into the personal discipline of the country.

Tokyo, a city with limited garbage cans but no street garbage and people waiting for a train standing in straight lines.

The uniform of all businessmen was black suits, white shirts, and ties. Ready for this, a young man in a black suit walking the sidewalk bent down and picked up a piece of paper, and put it in his pocket. I thought I was on the set of the “Stepford Wives”.

Geisha… the good, the bad and the myths. The good, today they are celebrities and can become wealthy. The bad is historical, the geisha was the female escort and mistress to samurai, emperors, wealthy men, and last of all the kamikaze pilots.

The myth, some people still think of them as ladies of the night, which was abolished.

To be a geisha, they cannot marry, must obey high standards and work in a cloistered environment for five years. A potential geisha must be beautiful and embrace the desire to become cultured and wealthy. They never stop learning,

Some geishas have forty years of learning and teaching. These young women (called Maiko)live together with a Geisha Mother (teacher) will spend in excess of $500,000 dollars over the long learning period.

She trains them in the arts, music, dance, unique etiquette, dress, and makeup. A senior girl is assigned to an apprentice for training and friendship. Their lives are sheltered, private and secure.

Performing concert levels of music and dance is a must, but still, are required to join and support dinner/tea parties.

The exquisite kimonos are fashioned using rare beautiful silk; top geishas have about two dozen, costing upwards of $8,000 each.

Uppermost geishas receive from $1,700 to $2,500 to perform for two hours. Geishas are now a hallmark of Japan’s highly regarded heritage.The disciplined of life of a geisha is unparalleled.

Thinking back, I reflected on the natural beauty. Wherever we went, there were manicured gardens. This is shown, visiting the simple home of a samurai, the backyard was elaborately landscaped. There were fountains, a small lake, and fantastic shrubbery.

We probably spent too much time visiting gardens, but it is also the pride of Japan.

We traveled with a Japanese doctor and his wife from California. At lunch in Hiroshima, he related the history of his family. He, his mother and siblings lived in an internment camp during WWII, while his father, a U.S. citizen, fought in the U. S. Army.

Discussing this real-life tragedy makes the period become a reality.

In Hiroshima, the only structure kept was one destroyed building, the new Peace Memorial Shrine, and a new museum. This is a reminder to all of what happened.

Not a word was spoken about Pearl Harbor or the over 300,000 U.S. soldiers killed, wounded or missing in their war on America.

This could be logical because the younger Japanese may not be taught this fact. A lesson to be aware of in our American schools, history should not open to individual interpretations.

This trip with my wife was a structured tour. Consequently, not much time to use my camera or I would riding UBER back to the hotel. www.RonMcGinty.com

Healthcare’s importance and impact in our lives is often taken for granted until it’s gone.

Leslie Lascheid, CEO

For Collier County’s 50,000 uninsured workers, it’s a right they often can’t afford as they labor for housing, food, clothing and to meet their families ‘needs.

These individuals work hard yet struggle to make ends meet. For many, the Neighborhood Health Clinic is the safety net that catches them when they are confronted with sudden illness, injury, or face the results of years without access to basic medical care.

Founded in 1999 by Bill Lascheid, MD, and his wife Nancy Lascheid, RN, the Clinic was created to deliver quality medical and dental care to low-income, working but uninsured adults residing in Collier County, using a volunteer professional staff and funded solely by private donations.

In its first year, the Clinic operated with one doctor, one nurse, one volunteer and eight patients. Twenty years into a mission of hope and healing, the team sees 200 patients a week, providing 10,000 patient visits and 27,065 procedures annually.

This miraculous work is passionately provided by 250 physicians, 42 dentists, 100 nurses and 300 non-medical personnel donating their expertise and supported by 13 full-time and 7 part-time staff.

Since opening, the Clinic has become the heart of the Naples medical community – providing uninsured employees access to the care they need to continue working, parenting and contributing to society.

From the beginning, the nonprofit has relied on generous donations, grants and community collaborations to proactively address the challenges presented by Southwest Florida’s growth and the resulting healthcare needs.

This year, the Clinic is celebrating two decades of hope and healing in a recently renovated facility that offers a Dental Suite with four operatories. In February, services will expand again to include a comprehensive Radiology Suite staffed in partnership with Millennium Physician Group to ensure patients receive necessary x-rays, MRIs and other imaging without having to leave the grounds.

Additional plans are already underway to expand specialty care, including the in-house medical laboratory, Cardiology, Gynecology and Ophthalmology clinics, as well as Patient Education.

“Our goal has always been to provide the highest quality, comprehensive care in a manner that is respectful, compassionate and based on the latest research and our patients’ needs,” explains Executive Director Leslie Lascheid.

“How we do this has changed over the years and will continue to evolve to best serve our patients and the community.”

Open Monday through Friday, the Clinic provides patients one-stop access to general practitioners and specialty clinics for Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Hepatology, Lipids, Neurology, Rheumatology, Urology, Hepatitis C, Dental and Gynecology to increase continuity of care while reducing time away from work.

An onsite medication room allows patients to leave appointments with their non-narcotic prescriptions in-hand, increasing adherence and improving health outcomes. Professionals also provide patient education and research projects, including Diabetes Self-Management, Healthy Lifestyles, Breast Health Awareness, Smoking Cessation, Pain Management, Colon Cancer Screening, Social Services, Hepatitis C Treatment and Support.

While patients must fall within specific guidelines to qualify for care, those who do enjoy access to these comprehensive services for a donation of $20 a month, including medication, within the Clinic complex.

Collaborations with Physicians Regional Medical Centers and Physicians Day Surgery, Millennium Physician Group, David Lawrence Mental Health Center and Gastroenterology Group of Naples expand the Clinic’s reach even further.

Self-proclaimed “Clinic graduate” Eddy explains, “Because they helped me with my sickness, I’m improved and was moved to a higher level job. I’m a regularly paid employee now with insurance. Because of the Clinic’s care, my life just gets better and better.”

As Lascheid concludes, “We’re people helping people; providing hope and healing to those who need it. It’s our vision, our mission, our passion and we’re thankful to everyone who makes it possible.”

The Neighborhood Health Clinic is a volunteer-driven 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. For more information on eligibility and services, please call 239.261.6600, or visit www.NeighborhoodHealthClinic.org.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE and jewelry

DIANA JARRETT GG RMV

The Beatles (some readers will need a tutorial on this) sang “All You Need is Love” decades ago. The world sang along—and agreed. This grand human emotion is still top of the heap for most of us. Of course, there are more kinds of love than merely the romantic variety. Parents, friends, school chums, co-workers, pet owners, may all experience and express love to one another.

Fancy Pink diamond
pave heart earrings
from Leibish & Co.

This month, we turn our thoughts to those we love. It could be ourselves—that counts. Some of us will send a snail mail  Valentine card. or even an electronic version for instant delivery. No matter how you choose to express fond affection towards another person, you may want to add a little boost by way of a sparkling heart-shaped jewel. The heart is a widespread symbol of love. When it comes to jewelry, a heart tells this universal story dazzlingly. Leibish & Co. is one of the world’s leading fancy color diamond authorities.

Tanzanite & pink diamond
drop pendant in 18K gold
from Leibish & Co.

So, when they cut a diamond or gem into that iconic heart shape, you know you’re going to

Fancy deep pink heart shape
diamond halo ring in platinum
from Leibish & Co

experience something rare. Leibish Polnaur, president of Leibish & Co., explains, “The sweetest of all diamond cuts, heart-shapes are considered the ultimate symbol of love and romance. Heart-shape diamonds are full of fire and life, due to their unique cut and faceting. Additionally, they are one of the rarer diamond cuts, making them the perfect expression of your unique love and affection.”

We offer these extraordinary Valentine jewels to ignite your imagination—and think about that perfect someone who should wear each one. Maybe it’s you. The heart-shaped jewel delivers a message all year long about how sparkling your love story really is. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Contact Diana Jarrett at diana@dianajarrett.com and read color-n-ice.blogspot.com www.dianajarrett.com

Functioning with Spinal Stenosis

by Paula Allia

Spinal stenosis is a condition of the spine that causes a narrowing of either the central vertebral canal where
the spinal cord is housed or in the intervertebral foramen where the nerve roots exit from the spinal cord to supply
both sensory and motor information to the many muscles in our body that require information to function. There are 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar vertebrae as well as a sacral base (also associated with nerves) and a coccyx. The most common areas of spinal stenosis are in the cervical and lumbar levels.

The word stenosis means narrowing. A person may actually be born with stenosis because their central spinal canal is smaller in diameter than average. In this situation the person may or may not be symptomatic. The more common spinal stenosis is a degenerative process that occurs from the aging process and/or the wear and tear in the various vertebral levels. Over time, overworked ligaments can become  hypertrophied, bones can develop spurs (osteophytes) or a disc can bulge or herniate. These degenerative issues narrow either the central or intervertebral canals and thus spinal stenosis is now present. The symptoms of spinal stenosis vary. Some people with stenosis remain asymptomatic but typically over time, the degenerate spinal stenosis may present with pain, tingling or numbness  in the associated nerve root levels.

These sensory signs may come and go but if pressure remains on the nerves then permanent sensory loss can occur. More advanced stenosis may actually compress deep into the motor portion of the nerves and cause actual motor weakness which is recognized by a decrease in strength of the muscles that are innervated by the compressed
nerve root.

When symptoms of spinal stenosis are present it is pertinent to figure out the cause of such symptoms and try to alleviate the compression on the nerve roots. There are many things one can do to help themselves and it may take time to figure out the exact positioning needed to remove the compression on the nerve structure. The key is that if you have symptoms of tingling or numbness, opening up the appropriate level of the spinal is needed to remove the peripheral symptoms. Depending upon the level or levels involved the positioning varies.

Also, there are known patterns of nerve root distribution into an arm or leg that is associated with each nerve root. In the cervical region of the sensory distributions for nerves is more specific but in the lumbar spine there are overlaps of nerve roots distributions that can create confusion and a trickiness to figuring out just how to relieve the symptoms. In addition to knowing what level of compression one is experiencing. It is also important to know that your symptoms are being caused by stenosis and not from a newly herniated disc.

There are various techniques and positions that can unload a nerve but exercises should be pretty specific to your needs. Knowing how much degenerative change is present helps the health professionals to teach one to minimize symptoms. Specificity of exercises for you will be different than someone else depending upon the level(s) involved.
Various exercises are prescribed for spinal stenosis. It is usually a combination of the right unloading exercises and then strengthening/stretching exercises that help a person function with less symptoms. Flexion exercises of the spine in a controlled way may unload the nerve root compression.

For example with degenerative spinal stenosis where the disc is thinned and loss of height is present, pulling your knees toward your chest may alleviate the pain and or tingling. Pulling up only enough to rid the symptoms is suggested and not further than necessary. This exercise may be contraindicated if there is an acute disc herniation
and thus being too aggressive with this exercise could cause advanced leakage of discal material thus caution is advised.

Backward bending exercises compress the posterior structures of the spine and can cause back pain or neurological symptoms with spinal stenosis. Thus excessive arching of the spine especially for prolonged positioning in not advised. It is, however good to maintain the ability to arch for general mobility or the spine as able. Proper positioning in activities of daily living are key components to the health of your spine. It is typical that people with stenosis feel better sitting, leaning forward, or unweighting themselves. An acute disc injury is usually aggravated by sitting.

Sitting with a slight lean forward opens up the foramen and this can alleviate the symptoms of stenosis. Strengthening  the stomach muscles and finding the angles that relieve symptoms are necessary for one to stay active. Learn about how to help yourself and be patient. If you do not start to help yourself control these issues,
the spine can further degenerate. To Your Health!
For further information please call Paula Allia, PT, DHSc, at the downtown Fitness Together (239) 263-9348.

David Lawrence Center Receives Grant to Provide Specialized Addiction Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, will host the 6th Annual Sound Minds™ Mental Health Symposiumon March 23, Women’s Foundation of Collier County (WFCC) has awarded a grant to David Lawrence Center to expand the not-for-profit’s addiction recovery program by offering additional specialized treatment for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders.

WFCC is a fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County that provides grants to address unmet economic, educational, safety, and health-related needs of at-risk women and girls in the region.

The funding is designed, in part, to respond to the growing opioid crisis, which is now the deadliest drug epidemic in American history, resulting in more than 70,000 deaths last year.

Opioid addiction has had a devastating effect on families. There are an increasing number of infants born to drug-addicted mothers, and the number of children who reside in homes with parents addicted to prescription pain medications and heroin is also growing.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, every 25 minutes in America, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal, which can mean lower birthweights, respiratory conditions, feeding difficulties, seizures, and longer hospital stays.

Children dealing with traumatic experiences, such as a family member with addiction, can face social, emotional, physical, and mental health challenges that last into adulthood. Left unaddressed, this can lead to school failure, risky behaviors like alcohol and drug use, and an increased chance of health conditions like obesity and heart disease.

The grant will help fund comprehensive services that engage at-risk pregnant and/or postpartum women with a substance use disorder into short-term, residential treatment, and/or intensive outpatient group therapy in the DLC Crossroads Addiction Recovery Program. It will also help with medication, along with obstetric and gynecologic medical expenses.

Eligible women receive expedited admission into Detox and/or Residential treatment. A designated case manager coordinates treatment, links to additional supports in the community, and provides the new mother with continuing care for up to one year postpartum.

DLC’s integrated recovery method utilizes a holistic, bio-psychosocial approach that combines evidenced-based practices and state-of-the-art medical supervision, while teaching new skills and activities that the individual and family can incorporate into their daily lives after discharge.

David Lawrence Center is Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families.

To make a donation or learn more about the DLC Crossroads Addiction Recovery program, call 239-354-1428 or visit CrossroadsNaples.org.