Naples Florida Weekly

Neighborhood Health Clinic celebrates further expansion

Studio+ architectural rendering of the Neighborhood Health Clinic campus addition planned for the northwest corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Central Avenue in Naples. COURTESY IMAGE

Studio+ architectural rendering of the Neighborhood Health Clinic campus addition planned for the northwest corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Central Avenue in Naples. COURTESY IMAGE

The Neighborhood Health Clinic announced the ceremonial groundbreaking for the final phase of the nonprofit organization’s three-year expansion effort, including the unveiling of the Armstrong Medical Building, Thursday, Feb. 18, on the enhanced campus located at 88 12th St. N. in Naples.

“We’re blessed to start the final phase of our $12.8 million expansion, launched in 2017, by breaking ground on the Van Domelen Education & Wellness Building, and unveiling of the completed Armstrong Medical Building, during a ceremony that reflects the commitment our donors, volunteers, staff and community have towards ensuring Collier County’s working, uninsured residents have access to quality dental and medical care,” says Chief Development Officer Keith Maples.

The February ceremony for trustees, board of directors and key leadership, in adherence with COVID-19 guidelines, will be followed by a late fall celebration open to the community that showcases the campus and enhanced services.

“When my parents founded the clinic, they knew it would evolve to meet community need. However, no one envisioned that the 8 patients they served on the first day back in April 12, 1999, would grow to 15,000 uninsured workers, or that the clinic’s 300 volunteer medical and dental professionals would provide 11,000 patient visits and 28,000 procedures annually at a state-of-art medical campus nestled in downtown Naples,” states CEO Leslie Lascheid. “We’re grateful to everyone who has helped us continue their legacy of care.”

When completed later this year, the expanded campus will feature more than 33,700 square-feet of space dedicated to meeting the comprehensive dental and medical needs of Collier’s uninsured workers:

• On-site medication room to ensure patients leave appointments with their needed non-narcotic medications, increasing adherence and improving health outcomes

• Onsite laboratory for basic tests, allowing physicians to receive immediate results for diagnoses and prescribing of necessary medication

• State-of-the-art dental suite with four operatories, a Panorex, dental lab and sterilization area

• Radiology suite with an MRI, CT Scan, x-ray and mammography operated by Millennium Physician Group staff

• Armstrong Medical Building providing expanded patient care in fields including: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Neurology, Rheumatology, Urology, Dentistry and Gynecology

Van Domelen Education & Wellness Building with class rooms, a teaching kitchen and meeting space for collaborating with patients on health education and research projects:

• Breast Health Awareness, Hepatitis C, Pain Management, Diabetes Self-Management, Smoking Cessation, Healthy Lifestyles and Social Services

“Like the clinic itself, our campus expansion campaign is community driven,” said Mr. Maples. “As such, the Campaign Committee and Clinic staff invites anyone interested in learning more to call for more information or to arrange a personal tour.”

The four-phased expansion began in 2017 and includes:

Phase 1: Renovation of the existing medical clinic, education room and staff offices; completed 2017.

Phase 2: Armstrong Medical Building work begun, including dental, radiology; expansion of the waiting room and offices; completed 2018.

Phase 3: Completion of the Armstrong Medical building, including additional enhancements to radiology, second floor wound care, cardiology and other specialty clinics; 2020.

Phase 4: Groundbreaking for Van Domelen Education & Wellness Building; February 2021.

“The Clinic will continue to evolve to meet the diverse needs of Collier County,” said Ms. Lascheid. “Our staff and volunteers look forward to the fall when we will be able to share the campus with all those who made the dream of a comprehensive continuum of care campus possible for the hardworking, uninsured residents of our community.”

To learn more about the Neighborhood Health Clinic and the nonprofit organization’s expansion, call 239-261- 6600, or visit www.Neighborhood- HealthClinic.org. ¦

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