Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida has selected a new executive director to manage the not for profit program providing no or low cost medical services and case management for uninsured patients with epilepsy. Barbara Coleman, the former Community Outreach Coordinator at Epilepsy Services of SW Florida has been named Executive Director.Read More
The goal of the Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida is to assist in the process of empowering our patients toward self -management in order to be able to lead as close to a normal life as possible. With appropriate and effective diagnosis and treatment we regularly experience this outcome.
According to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), epilepsy is the nation's fourth most common neurological disorder after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer's disease. Epilepsy is a complex spectrum of disorders that affects millions of people in a variety of ways and is characterized by unpredictable seizures that differ in type, cause and severity. Living with epilepsy is much more than just seizures. The disorder is often defined in practical terms such as challenges in school, uncertainties about social situations and employment, limitations on driving and questions about independent living.
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has approved a grant to Epilepsy Services in the amount of $10,000 through a recommendation from its Health Care Grant Committee. The funding is to provide medical services and case management for uninsured adults with epilepsy and was provided by the James Franklin Warnell and Dorothy J. Warnell Fund through the foundation.
The grants committee and board of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation recently awarded Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida (ESSWFL) a grant for $22,400 to assist the agency with overall capacity building.
Grant funds will be used to assist with costs associated with increased community outreach, support staffing, diagnostic testing for clients and emergency medications.
“We feel this is a natural partnership and we’re very grateful to the foundation staff and board for their support,” said ESSWFL executive director Kevin Lindberg.
“Whenever we can add a new revenue source it strengthens the organization and helps to assure that this program continues to serve more than 550 uninsured adults with epilepsy.”
Kevin Lindberg, the Executive Director of Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida received a check for $7,500 from Dane Way representing Coastline Cyclery in Fort Myers. Coastline Cyclery sponsored The Tour for Epilepsy, an annual cycling event in Fort Myers, to support the programs and services of Epilepsy Services in Lee County.
When you support Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida, you help nearly 600 local patients who have no place else to go. Epilepsy is a disorder of the central nervous system and the brain's electrical system. It is characterized by unpredictable seizures that vary in cause and severity. It can mean challenges in school and on the job, uncertainties in social situations, limitations on driving and difficulties with independent living. For many of our clients outcomes also include a reduction in seizures and fewer visits to the emergency room.
Your tax deductible gift to Epilepsy Services will help to assure that all of those who can benefit from our services will have access to the program. Adequate funding assures that nobody who qualifies for the program is turned away or put on a waiting list.
Will you please consider helping us by making a financial gift to Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida today? Click to DONATE to make a gift or you can make a credit card donation by phone by calling (941) 953-5988 x303.