David Lukasik considers his business a harbinger of seasonal traffic.
“I get a very large influx of seasonal folks. My business can increase anywhere between 40-80%,” says David Lukasik, with the Bagel Factory.
This year, his Christmas is coming early, in the form of winter residents who started showing up in November.
“I see really good positive energy out there. A lot of folks coming back early,” says Lukasik.
In the same way restaurants and retailers prepare, so do hospitals.
“Every season we see an influx of patients, just like we do in the community. Between December and April we do have a higher than average census, which we would not be able to accommodate on our normal floors,” says Wendy Piascik, vice president of patient care services with Cape Coral Hospital.
So Cape Coral Hospital is opening a wing of newly renovated rooms, adding a total of 42 seasonal beds by mid January.
So is this a typical patient room? “This is. We have all the amenities plus our computerized documentation system,” says Piascik.
Fifteen rooms are equipped with remote telemetry to monitor heart patients.
The comfort of these additional beds will be felt all across the county. If another hospital is full, patients may have the option of being transferred here.
“We would like to help our sister facilities out as well in terms of their overcrowding during season. The appropriate patients can be transferred here and cared for by the hospitalist group,” says Piascik.These seasonal beds are available for a limited time only. By April, when the snowbirds migrate home, the wing will close. Until next year.