About LIZ FREEMAN
Liz Freeman came to the Naples Daily News in 1994 when she was 10, just kidding but don't do the math.
I moved to Naples after spending time in Fort Myers and Sarasota with a stint in between in Gainesville. I went to the University of Florida's journalism school, earning the bachelor of science degree as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I stayed in Gainesville for a while working at UF's Health Science Center doing medical reporting for the College of Medicine and other graduate schools in medical-related fields. That's where I got my interest in medical and health reporting.
In a previous life, I graduated with a bachelor of arts in sociology and political science from the Hobart & William Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. The liberal arts colleges are located in the Finger Lakes region where snow was more common than the warm sun. Somehow, that experience played a role in my migration to Florida.
Can new drug extend lives of Southwest Florida men with prostate cancer?
Published 04/24/2014 at 7 a.m.
Walter Corbin has on his side a good perspective, a doctor's counseling, and the potential the drug will extend his life. Last Thursday, Corbin was getting his fifth injection of Xofigo, given monthly for six months.
Hurricanes, fluoride among issues faced by retiring Collier health director Dr. Joan Colfer
Updated 04/23/2014 at 4:59 p.m. 2 Comments
Dr. Joan Colfer had her share of challenges on the job; at the top of the list was helping the county prepare for the historic summer of 2004 with four hurricanes. She rattles off the storm’s names without hesitation — ...
Collier commissioners back sites to offer as location for veterans nursing home
Updated 04/22/2014 at 6:08 p.m. 3 Comments
Collier County commissioners discussed Ave Maria's offer to donate land for a VA nursing home.
Collier Health Department Director Dr. Joan Colfer to retire
Published 04/22/2014 at 12:31 p.m.
Dr. Joan Colfer started as director of the state-run health department in February 2000. She came from public health in the state of Maryland.
Ave Maria developers offer 20 acres needed for Collier veterans nursing home
Published 04/21/2014 at 8:40 p.m. 6 Comments
County staff has explored land sites to potentially have the state's seventh nursing home for veterans and found no county owned land met construction-ready criteria. Barron Collier Cos., has offered to donate the acreage needed.
Easter Seals offers special needs summer program that county can't
Published 04/18/2014 at 1:55 p.m.
A month ago, the camp was on shaky ground and since has been canceled for this summer because county government lacks a certified recreation therapist to run it. The nonprofit Easter Seals of Florida, based in Orlando, offered to help ...
New senior living centers in region going rental, not pricey entrance fees
Published 04/13/2014 at 6 p.m. 1 Comment
New Southwest Florida continuing care retirement communities are going rental to provide living arrangements and medical services as needed by residents. That's in contrast with Southwest Florida communities that require a substantial entrance fee.
Lee Memorial drops plan for south Lee hospital, explores next-best option
Updated 04/10/2014 at 8:05 p.m. 1 Comment
Lee Memorial Health System President Jim Nathan updated members of the publicly elected board of directors Thursday about the status of the proposed 80-bed hospital in Estero and will offer options of what to do next when the board meets ...
Hearing set on Physicians Regional rehabilitation program dispute
Published 04/09/2014 at 6 a.m. 1 Comment
Physicians Regional Healthcare System has a court date to fight for a $4 million medical rehabilitation program at its Collier Boulevard hospital. The hospital will square off with its competitor, the NCH Healthcare System.
Lee Memorial spine center offers treatment alternatives to pain pills
Published 04/08/2014 at 6:30 a.m.
Spine pain, whether from car accidents, work-related accidents, or normal wear and tear accounts for $90 billion in treatments expenditures each year, and back pain is second behind upper respiratory conditions as a cause of work losses, according to Duke ...
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