The organizations and members honored for 2012 include:
Injury Prevention Citizen Volunteer of the Year is Kim Gaide, volunteer coordinator for the military support group at Lee Memorial Health System. A volunteer, Gaide puts in a 40-hour week organizing and distributing monthly care packages for the military, hosting family support groups, and coordinating a team of volunteers to support the program. The program began as a support group for Lee Memorial employees and family members, but has expanded to all military members and their families in Lee County.
Injury Prevention Professional of the Year is Debra Gary, PhD, Southwest Florida Medical Reserve Corps. In partnership with the Lee County Health Department and other organizations, Gary established a series of year-round, health screening and education clinics for the low income and underserved clients. Because it is a challenge to commit nursing staff to attend health fairs and safety events regularly, Gary has helped fill this nursing gap by coordinating medical personnel to administered flu shots, diabetes, and blood pressure screenings to at risk populations. These clinics help reduce the risk of injury to this vulnerable group.
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Injury Prevention Sponsor/Partner of the Year is Kohl’s Department Stores and its Kohl’s Cares program, which has partnered with the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to fund the Kohl’s Kids Safety Program which promotes child passenger safety and drowning prevention through education and community events such as car seat fitting stations and safe pool parties throughout Lee, Glades, Hendry, Charlotte and Collier counties.
Injury Prevention Media Partner of the Year is Waterman Broadcasting for its coverage of injury prevention programs related to distracted driving, concussion injuries, prescription drug use, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and underage drinking.
Injury Prevention Program/Outreach Effort of the Year is BikeWalkLee for its ongoing efforts to improve for all users the safety and accessibility of our public streets.
“We are proud to highlight our dedicated members who continuously help us carry out our mission to keep this community safe. These programs and individuals are such an amazing asset to Southwest Florida,” says Syndi Bultman, RN, MS, CEN, injury prevention manager, trauma services, Lee Memorial Health System, and chairperson, Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition.
The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition (http://www.leecountyinjuryprevention.org/