Healthcare Network opens new Nichols Community Health Center

Healthcare Network opens new Nichols Community Health Center

NAPLES, Fla. (June 2, 2020) – Healthcare Network, a nonprofit organization working to ensure primary medical care is accessible to everyone in the community has opened the three-story, 51,000-square-foot Nichols Community Health Center in Golden Gate 

More than six years in the making, the Nichols Community Health Center is a real beacon of hope in what has become a dark time for many people in our community,” said Dr. Emily PtaszekPresident and CEO of Healthcare Network. “This new health center will provide the greater Golden Gate community with affordable, integrated and compassionate primary healthcare, regardless of their economic status, offering a critical resource to many of our unemployed friends and neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis. We are extremely grateful to our donors, board members, community partners, and dedicated staff, for making this center a reality.”  

While Golden Gate, which is home to an estimated 36,000 residents, is located just a few miles from one of the wealthiest zip codes in America, it has been identified as one of the most underserved communities in Collier County. In a 2012 professional study used to determine the need for the center, Golden Gate was shown to have significant lack of primary healthcare including prenatal care, behavioral health and dental care. In 2012, more than 40% of the working population in Golden Gate was employed in service and sales jobs with incomes lower than nearly 82% of United States neighborhoods.  

The Nichols Community Health Center will provide improved access to primary healthcare to residents, including restaurant, hospitality and retail workers – many of whom are facing unemployment due to the pandemic. Since 1977, Healthcare Network has been committed to filling gaps in care by providing high quality primary medical care, regardless of a patient’s insurance or employment status. A Sliding Fee Discount Program reduces costs to uninsured and underinsured patients based on their income and family size. 

Services offered at the Nichols Community Health Center include children’s care, obstetrics and gynecology, adult and senior care, integrated behavioral health and drive-thru pharmacy. Dental care and walk-in health are expected to open in the near future. 

“Sometimes it’s been difficult to travel from Golden Gate, where we didn’t have a center of this nature,” said Gloria Peterson of Golden Gate. “So, it makes me very happy for the community.” 

Healthcare Network provides cutting edge, bestofclass integrated primary care addressing the whole person – both body and mind. This integrated care model blends primary care and mental health into one settingallowing patients to experience a true team-based approach to healthcare. The model is highly effective because patients often seek medical care for physical symptoms that are related to or caused by behavioral issues.  

Located at 12655 Collier Blvd., Healthcare Network broke ground in January 2019 on the $15 million medical center named after a gift from Naples resident Jerry Nichols. 

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