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NCH nurse grateful to spend time with family before Christmas shift

Christmas has been a lot different for many of us. Those feeling extra grateful this year are people who have worked for months on the frontlines of the response to the coronavirus. Nurse Dominique Peterson got to spend Christmas morning with her family, but Friday night, she was working a 12-hour shift at NCH North […]

SWFL, FGCU have special place in hearts of Raptors’ coach and wife

The defending NBA champions are in Southwest Florida getting ready for the 2020 season restart. The Toronto Raptors are training at FGCU’s Alico Arena ahead of their trip to Disney World to get back to business. But why is a team from Canada practicing here in Southwest Florida? One of the reasons: Former FGCU volleyball […]

SWFL nurse returns from responding to COVID-19 in New York

A Southwest Florida nurse who was helping those on the front lines of the coronavirus in New York has returned home. Naples Nurse Taylor Olson volunteered to help patients battling COVID-19 up north. With Florida becoming an epicenter of the pandemic, Olson is back in our region to respond. We spoke to Olson about the […]

Fawcett Memorial nurses protest staff cuts in Port Charlotte, among other union protests nationwide

Recent staffing cuts are impacting more than nurses, health care workers at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte said Friday. Employees with HCA-affiliated Fawcett Memorial Hospital are protesting HCA Healthcare corporation’s demands for layoffs and other cuts. They say the lack of personal protective equipment for staff is still an issue. The nurses tell us […]

FSW nursing students get protective headbands to nurses, ready to join them

It might be easy to assume there is fear among FSW nursing students who will graduate in the next few weeks and begin their careers during the coronavirus pandemic. But one student we spoke to said they are not letting fear get in the way of their future. And they’ve come up with a way […]

SWFL nurse concerned improper glove use could contribute to spread

There’s a new concern in our area that could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus. A nurse at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte says people aren’t wearing their gloves properly, and they could actually be contaminating what they touch. Nurse Erik Lundrigan said this is already a scary time for him, as he […]

SWFL group honors hospital workers at Gulf Coast Medical Center

We are Gulfshore Strong, and one man wanted to thank those responding to the virus directly. He put up a large projection at Gulf Coast Medical Center to honor health care workers and show them they are appreciated. The message: “Heroes work here.” Photos of Lee Health workers are projected onto the wall. And it […]

Nurse’s car stolen from NCH North Naples parking garage

Someone stole a Jeep from a nurse at the NCH campus in North Naples while she was in the middle of a 12-hour shift saving lives. We spoke to nurse Cristina Roman on the phone Tuesday, and she says her family’s dream car was stolen from the NCH North Naples hospital parking garage. Roman and […]

Former nurse in SWFL sews face masks for health workers locally, nationwide

Brave health care workers are putting their lives on the line to protect us from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve told you many hospitals are facing shortages of essential supplies such as face masks and a former nurse in Southwest Florida hopes to change that. We spoke to former nurse Jackie Uecker Thursday, […]