One Year Later, Clinics are the Key to Recovery Beginning an unimaginable assault on vulnerable coastal communities, Hurricane Ian made landfall just south of Tampa, Florida, hitting the southwest coast at the island of Cayo Costa near Fort Myers and Cape Coral on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 as a terrifying Category 4 Atlantic hurricane with a deadly storm surge. “I looked down the street and saw this big black thing coming — it was literally a wall of water,” says Jo, a retired nurse who lives in Cape Coral, Florida. Minutes later, the filthy storm surge from Hurricane Ian swept into her home, swirling around her ankles, and Jo ran through the flood to safety at her neighbor’s elevated house. And that was just the beginning: For months after the storm, Jo lived in her damp and damaged home, without power or clean water. A year later, she lives in a trailer while she slowly rebuilds. One light in Jo’s life: Samaritan Health and Wellness Center. Read the rest of Jo’s story by clicking on this link. Page updated 9.21.23 Photo: A patient is comforted at Samaritan Health & Wellness Center Watch a video from Samaritan Health, by clicking on the arrow.