Happy 4th of July 2021

Dr. Soto Using New Technology at Fawcett Memorial Hospital to Detect Early Stage Lung Cancer

Dr. Edgardo Soto de la Rosa, pulmonologist, performs a minimally invasive robotic-assisted bronchoscopy at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.

Port Charlotte, FL (June 16, 2021) – Fawcett Memorial Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in Charlotte County to offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted bronchoscopy for patients with lung nodules.

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, more than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.  “A large contributing factor is lung cancer has no symptoms in its early stages. This innovative technology provides improved vision, reach and control for bronchoscopic procedures, and holds potential for an earlier diagnosis. We are excited and proud to bring this life-saving technology to our communities.”

There are a variety of diagnostic options currently available for lung cancer, but all have limitations in accuracy, safety, or invasiveness. Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy is a newer technology that allows for earlier detection of lung cancer with greater accuracy. This minimally invasive procedure is safer than CT-guided lung biopsy and unlike a traditional bronchoscopy, the robotic platform gives the physician the ability to obtain tissue samples of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the lung to determine an accurate and timely diagnosis.


Coronavirus Announcement: We have successfully incorporated various infection control protocols and are proud to WELCOME our patients back into our office. We will continue to prescreen all of our patients prior to appointments and offer telehealth to our patients who request a telehealth visit or are symptomatic or do not pass the presceening requirements. We also have a Triage Nurse who is available for our patients who may have immediate questions or concerns during this time.

We would like to thank all of our patients who have stayed with us during this pandemic and trusted in us with their care. We also admire and appreciate everyone who has received the vaccine in support of preventing the spread of the virus, saving lives, and supporting the medical community!

Dr. Bobé Supporting Our Community

Dr. Bobé joined Fawcett Memorial Hospital and participated in the American Heart Association Charlotte County Heart Walk this past Saturday.


Pulmonary Sleep & Critical Care Specialists would like to stress the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine. It is our belief that anyone in the following groups should get the vaccine: Persons 65 years of age and older, Long term care facility residents and facility staff, Healthcare personnel, and persons deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers.

Because our Critical Care Physicians, Physicians Assistants and Nurse Practitioners have direct contact with COVID-19 positive patients on a daily basis at area hospitals, we will not be offering the vaccine in our offices.

To schedule an appointment for a vaccine with the Charlotte County Health Department, please call: 866-200-9160. You can also text CharCoCares to 888-777 to receive updates about vaccine appointment openings.

Also several Publix supermarket locations offer vaccinations by appointment only. Register online: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida. Appointments cannot be made by phone and no walk-ups will be accepted.

To obtain more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Charlotte County go to: https://coadfl.org/ or call 866-779-6121. 

The Florida Department of Health has released a new website to pre-register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments and receive notifications when appointments are available. To pre-register now, go to: https://myvaccine.fl.gov/

Your safety is our first priority! Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing, wash your hands and wear your mask.