Lee Memorial Health Systems

Special Services

Sew Angelic

One of our pediatric patients’ favorite treats is to wear hat and surgery gowns made out of cheerful fabrics. Many of our tiny patients, we’ve been told, “forget all about their procedures” and are immediately and pleasantly distracted into conversations about “Sponge Bob Squarepants”, “Scooby-Doo” and “Dora the Explorer”. These characters, among other classic and contemporary cartoon and storybook favorites, provide the children with an alternate focus when they are entering their frightening and sometimes painful medical treatmentsSpecial Services.

Through the tireless work of a group of volunteers called the “Cypress Cove Crafters”, the children are able to trade in the usual surgery and treatment caps and gowns for these colorful creations. We call these amazing volunteers our “Sewing Angels” and we thank them for bringing smiles to Golisano Children’s Hospital hallways each and every day! Many nurses and medical staff members at the Children’s Hospital have also gotten into the act by wearing adult-sized character creations so the children can feel a sense of solidarity and joy.

To donate patterns or fabric to help bring a smile to a child, please call the Foundation Office at 239-343-6950.

The Joint Camp

If the saying "practice makes perfect" is true, then residents and visitors of Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast in need of a total joint replacement are in luck, because Lee Memorial Hospital is one of the nation's busiest orthopedic surgery centers. 

With more than 15 orthopedic surgeons performing over 2000 hip and knee replacement procedures every year it is safe to say we have some of the most experienced and skilled surgeons operating at Lee Memorial Hospital. 

The Joint Replacement Program was launched in November 2006 and is growing by leaps and bounds. 

Special ServicesLee Memorial Health System offers a wide range of services for our joint replacement patients including:

The "All Star" Total Joint Center: A wellness based program for joint replacement patients. The center, located at Lee Memorial Hospital, has 13 private rooms and is staffed with a team of highly skilled nurses and physical therapists to care for patients and encourage them every step of the way. 

A comprehensive preoperative class designed to prepare the patient for their surgical experience. 

Our class reviews the pre and post-operative exercises, preparing for discharge, recognizing and preventing complications and how patients can get the most out of their joint replacement. 

Group Physical Therapy: Twice daily sessions are designed to meet the needs of our hip and knee replacement patients. Patients are encouraged to enlist a friend or family member to act as a "coach" during physical therapy classes. 

Case managers: Each patient is assigned a case manager. From equipment to physical therapy services, they work with the patient and family to ensure a smooth transition home after surgery. They can also assist in making arrangements for patients who wish to go to a rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility following discharge. 

Buffet Lunches: Joint replacement patients and their "coach" are treated to a buffet lunch, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, where they have an opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of other joint replacement patients. 
Total Joint Program Coordinator, available to answer questions and guide you through your treatment program. 

Lee Memorial Home Health: Offers a wide range of in-home services including nursing care and physical therapy for patients going home after discharge. 
Eight to twelve weeks after discharge the hospital hosts a Reunion Luncheon, inviting patients, coaches, physicians and staff to attend. Gaile Anthony, Lee Memorial Hospitals Chief Administrative Officer attends all of the Reunion Lunches. Patients are given an opportunity to provide feedback on the program. Based on patient comments we have made significantSpecial Services improvements in our pre operative preparation and pain management program.


Older Adult Services

Alternate therapies such as dance movement classes are partially funded through the Foundation and allow hope and healing after joint replacements and other medical procedures. We have also seen great success using dance movement with our Parkinson's patients.

To find out how you can support the any of these programs, or other programs of the Lee Memorial Health System please call the Foundation Office at 239-343-6950.

Pet Therapy

Animals bring a lot of joy to our hospital hallways and patients are able to receive cheer through our "pet therapy" visits. Pet therapy has been proven to reduce Special Servicespatient anxiety and elevate mood and satisfaction levels. In addition to visits, pets are also used to help patients with balance, tactile sensation and learning to walk again. Pet therapy is scheduled for the oncology patients on days when chemotherapy is taking place, allowing cancer patients a welcoming diversion during treatment.

All of the animals in our pet therapy program are professionally evaluated and certified to be sure they are well-equipped with the proper training and socialization necessary to interact with patients. Patients of all ages are able to take part in pet thSpecial Serviceserapy. Many of our senior patients tell us it brings great happiness to their stay and cuts down on any feelings of loneliness in between visits from family and friends. If you would like to make a donation to help sustain and expand our pet therapy program, please call the Foundation office at 239-343-6950.

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