Wohl Receives Advocacy Award from Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP)

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Aug. 29, 2017) – Aaron Wohl, M.D., FACEP, an emergency medicine physician with Lee Health, was awarded the Martin Gottlieb Advocacy Award at the Florida College of Emergency Physician (FCEP) Annual Meeting earlier this month. Dr. Wohl is a member of the FCEP Board of Directors.

Over the last three years, Dr. Wohl has developed relationships with legislators and helped to craft legislation to reduce some of the morbidity and mortality associated with the opioid crisis. Such legislation allowed Dr. Wohl to spearhead a naloxone (opioid overdose antidote) distribution program from our emergency departments and from Lee Health outpatient pharmacies for those patients suffering from opioid use disorder. This year, with other thought leaders in the state, he has been developing some best practices for our emergency departments to improve the care and health of our communities’ opioid use disorder patients. This is in response to recently passed legislation directing hospitals to do more for this patient population.

“Dr. Wohl is an esteemed member of the FCEP Board of Directors,” FCEP President Dr. Joel Stern says. “His insight and direction has helped him create many lasting relationships with legislators through his kind way of explaining the reality of what it is like to work in a very busy emergency department. Dr. Wohl is very deserving of this award for his dedication and advocacy work.”

The Martin Gottlieb Advocacy Award is named in honor of Martin Gottlieb, who is one of the early pioneers of advocacy for emergency medicine and FCEP. Gottlieb attended all of FCEP’s annual advocacy event — Emergency Medicine Days — where the organization visits legislators in Tallahassee to show support for the ever-changing field of emergency medicine, its patients and emergency physicians across the state of Florida.

“Dr. Wohl’s passion for saving lives benefits our community, but the impact of his work against the opioid crisis is felt beyond the boundaries of Southwest Florida,” explains Scott Nygaard, M.D., Lee Health Chief Medical Officer. “In addition to encouraging the medical community and patients to rethink how they manage pain, Dr. Wohl wrote new guidelines regulating opioid use in all Lee Health emergency departments. Though he desires no recognition, Dr. Wohl has stepped forward as a physician leader to take a stand and bring about change for the good of the community and every individual life that can be saved. Dr. Wohl exemplifies that patients come first in all of his work.”

The FCEP is a 501(c)(6), statewide medical specialty organization representing more than 1,900 emergency physicians in Florida who see and care for nearly 8 million patients each year. FCEP is a state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), which has more than 33,000 members nationwide.

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