Sanibel Captiva Trust Company Donates To ‘Rest Program’

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Robbie DeSantis, Peer Support Specialist, Lee Health, left; Rev. Mike Warthen, System Director of Spiritual Services, Lee Health; Al Hanser, Founder and Chairman, Sanibel Captiva Trust Co.; Jeff Muddell, Wealth Services, Sanibel Captiva Trust Co; Chris Simoneau, Chief Foundation and Development Officer, Lee Health; Ben Spence, Chief Financial Officer, Lee Health. Photo provided

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is pleased to provide a special donation in honor of their clients to support the new REST Program through the Lee Health Foundation.

The REST Program (Resilience Education Support Team) is designed to mitigate elevated stress and fatigue among healthcare employees through emotional and spiritual support, resulting not only in their strength and resiliency, but in a consistent quality experience for the patient.

Al Hanser, Founder and Chairman of The Trust Company explained the catalyst for the donation. “We traditionally hold a spring celebration for our clients, professional friends and community leaders on Sanibel every April,” said Hanser.

“Since we have not been able to do this over the last two seasons due to COVID, we planned to surprise our guests with an event this November. Due to the size of the crowd this event draws, we decided the risk was still too great, and instead donated to Lee Health Foundation directing the funds to the REST Program. We wanted to do something to thank the hundreds of healthcare workers responsible for caring for patients not only during COVID but into the future.”

“Lee Health is grateful for the investment by the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company in the health and wellbeing of our frontline healthcare heroes, who too often need the same kinds of emotional and spiritual support they give to their patients every day,” says Chris Simoneau, Chief Foundation and Development Officer at Lee Health. “Our REST program has proven to help our medical teams improve their mental and physical wellbeing, and we can’t think of a better investment that Sanibel Captiva Trust and its clients could make at this time.”


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