SWFL Safer Together
The Power of Working Together
As Southwest Florida reopens public spaces and activities, our region’s healthcare leaders Lee Health and NCH Healthcare System (NCH) continue to work together on efforts to combat the challenges and effects presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March, we have been leading the “SWFL Stronger Together” campaign to combat COVID-19 regionally while encouraging community support of frontline heroes through safety compliance and donations.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our community, we have flattened the curve and are transitioning to the next phase of caring for our region with the “SWFL Safer Together” campaign.
Safely Reopening Southwest Florida
You can help in the safe reopening of our region by:
- Practicing safe physical distancing by remaining at least 6 feet apart
- Wearing face masks out in public
- Washing your hands multiple times throughout the day for at least 20 seconds each time
- Return to normal healthcare practices by seeking medical attention when needed and scheduling routine checkups
Helping Our Frontline Health Care Heroes
In addition to practicing safety protocols, there is still a great need for support from the community. Lee Health and NCH medical teams include critical health care professionals who are working diligently to support the community’s health as a result of the pandemic. All the while, these doctors, nurses and therapists are facing the same uncertainties and lifestyle disruptions that we all have. You can say thank you and lend a helping hand with your donation!
COVID-19 impacts us all, regardless of age or economic status, and the SWFL Safer Together fund will benefit us all. Monetary gifts help to maintain reserve supplies of personal protective equipment for employees, patients and visitors, as well as other necessary equipment to continue the fight through testing and diagnostics.
- One-time Gifts
Make a one-time gift online, by phone at 239-343-6950 or by mailing a check payable to Lee Health Foundation to 9800 South HealthPark Drive, Suite 405 Fort Myers, FL 33908.
- Recurring Gifts
Make a long-range impact with recurring automatic donations that you can cancel at any time.
- Share with Our Community
Show your support and encourage others to donate by sharing this website and using the hashtag #SWFLtogether.
- Major Gifts
For major gifts, matching gifts or corporate sponsorships, please contact us at 239-343-6950
- IRAs: Charitable Rollover or QCD
If you’re at least 70½ years old, you and your spouse can each make a gift up to $100,000 through your IRA’s while receiving tax benefits. If you are at least 72 years old, you can apply your required minimum distribution (RMD) as a charitable deduction. Call 239-343-6950 to speak with a Foundation representative.
Our hospital systems are in need of supplies to keep our staff and patients safe. We are currently accepting donations of the following items:
• N95 Respirator and Surgical Masks • Eye Protection • Disinfectants • Gowns • Gloves
Supply donations can be delivered to:
Lee Health Foundation
9800 S Healthpark Drive, Suite 405
Fort Myers, Florida 33908
Please call Lee Health Foundation at (239) 343-6950 to coordinate all deliveries.
NCH Central Campus
2157 Pine Ridge Rd.
Naples, FL 34109
The security guard at the campus will receive the supplies.
Steps Forward in the Fight Against COVID-19
In taking the next steps forward in the fight against the coronavirus, both healthcare systems have begun serology testing, which shows the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in a patient’s blood and helps to understand how the virus has spread in the region. Serology testing requires an order from your physician, and the tests can be drawn in physician offices or at our Lee Health and NCH Labs. The health systems are also looking for people to donate blood for the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Study. If you have (or someone you know has) previously tested positive for COVID-19, your symptoms resolved, and you later tested negative for the virus, please consider donating blood. Your plasma may contain antibodies that may help someone fighting COVID-19 recover faster.
Blood Donations Save Lives
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many blood drives have been canceled. Healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well are strongly encouraged to give blood to help maintain an adequate and continuous blood supply and prevent shortages.
Donating blood is a safe process. There is no data or evidence that the COVID-19 can be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus worldwide.
Current information about COVID-19 pandemic is available here: