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Business Notes (4/30/14)

April 30, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Local doctor speaks at international workshop

After being recognized nationally for his first bronchial thermoplasty procedure in Southwest Florida, Dr. Alaa El-Gendy of Florida Lung & Sleep Associates led the first bronchial thermoplasty workshop in Egypt.

The International Congress of The Egyptian Society of Chest Diseases & Tuberculosis, organized by the International Conferences Company, took place March 25-28 at the Fairmont Towers in Cairo, Egypt.

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Dr. Alaa El-Gendy, right, is awarded for his bronchial thermoplasty presentation at the 55th International Congress of The Egyptian Society of Chest Diseases & Tuberculosis by Honorable Professor Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din, Minister of Health and society president.

The annual conference covers aspects of chest disease and respiratory critical care, like pulmonary hypertension, bronchial thermoplasty and endoscopic LVR.

El-Gendy's bronchial thermoplasty abstract was also accepted by the American Thoracic Society International Conference Committee. It will be presented in May in San Diego, California.

El-Gendy is the founder of Florida Lung & Sleep Associates in Lehigh Acres since 2002.

For information, call (239) 369-333 or visit:

Lee County Public Safety adds staffers

Lee County Public Safety has two new emergency management staffers, boosting the department's expertise as the 2014 hurricane season approaches.

Jim Bjostad is the department's new emergency management program manager and Lee Mayfield has been hired as the emergency planning manager.

Bjostad is arriving from Washington, D.C., where he spent five years representing the Department of Defense on the Federal Geographic Data Committee. He worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security, including FEMA, and the Department of the Interior.

Mayfield is a former Collier County Emergency Management coordinator and EOC operations chief. He also worked for the Florida Division of Emergency Management and was a state regional liaison to 10 county emergency management programs in Southwest Florida.

Airport reports monthly traffic

During March, 1,147,059 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 2.8 percent compared to March 2013. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 3.3 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in March was Southwest with 246,451 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta (243,177), JetBlue (119,242), United (115,270) and US Airways (112,926).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 10,311 aircraft movements - takeoffs and landings - a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to March 2013. Page Field saw 9,503 movements, an 11.6 percent increase from March 2013.

In addition, more than 3.2 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in March 2014, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to March 2013.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.6 million passengers in 2013 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic.

LRMC honors lab teams

During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 20-26, Lehigh Regional Medical Center recognizes its laboratory professionals and celebrates their dedication as crucial members of the health care team, collaborating together to improve patient care and outcomes.

The 2014 theme, Laboratory Professionals Get Results, recognizes the proactive collaborative role laboratory professionals play in advancing patient care.

From small practices in rural towns to metropolitan hospitals, more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals deliver accurate test results every day and serve as part of the health care team to guide and assess patients' ongoing treatment and care.

The LRMC lab team plans to celebrate with educational and enjoyable contests and teambuilding activities throughout the week.

LCEC awarding environmental funds

LCEC is accepting applications from organizations for an environmental funding award.

To apply, e-mail to receive an application.

The deadline for the 2014 applications is Sept. 1.

Organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry and having a demonstrated need for funds.



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