More than 300 employees and volunteers to participate
Physicians, nurses, administrators, support staff and volunteers will carry Lee Memorial Health System’s 100th anniversary torch on Friday, Sept. 23. Teams from across the health care system will run and/or walk the 33-mile course in ½-mile increments starting at 7:30 a.m. at Lee Memorial Hospital and continuing to Cape Coral Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center, the site of the original Lee Memorial Hospital near downtown Fort Myers and ending at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Wearing special anniversary shirts, the runners are celebrating Lee Memorial Health System’s 100 years of caring for the community, while also modeling healthy behavior. As Lee Memorial Health System begins its second century, it will transition to Lee Health, with a new priority and goal for the system, which is to partner with the community by promoting and supporting wellness and healthy lifestyles. As Lee Health, the system will not just provide episodic health care when people are sick, but will also focus on helping people live healthier lives.
An avid runner, Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System, plans to participate in multiple legs of the run. Other senior leaders will join Nathan on the final leg of the torch run from the original hospital site on Victoria Avenue to Lee Memorial Hospital on Cleveland Avenue. The torch run will end with a special passing of the torch between system VIPs, including 40+ year employees, a 50+ year auxilian and Dr. Roger Scott, Lee County’s first board-certified general surgeon and local health care historian.
Coinciding with employee/volunteer anniversary celebrations that day, runners will be greeted and encouraged at each of the four acute care hospitals by their co-workers, who will form a circle of caring to pass a commemorative torch around each hospital campus. Following the run, the commemorative torches, which were printed using a 3D printer, will be displayed in each hospital.
Lee Memorial Health System opened the doors of its first hospital on Oct. 3, 1916, at the corner of Victoria and Grand avenues in Ft. Myers.
Photo Cutline: Some of the 300+ employees and volunteers see to participate in the Torch Run gathered for a team photo.