healthcare network of southwest florida
is a private not-for-profit organization providing quality primary medical and dental care to our community since 1977.
founded in 1977
Collier Health Services, Inc. (d/b/a Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida) was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1977 by a group of community leaders to address the health issues of migrant and seasonal farm workers, rural poor and other citizens in Collier County.
The organization’s first facilities were two small trailers in Immokalee. From the start, the nonprofit was committed to providing basic medical and dental healthcare services at an affordable cost while ensuring dignity and respect to each individual served.
expansion begins in 1993
Immokalee’s population had increased dramatically since 1977, and so had the need for quality, professional medical and dental healthcare. Always sensitive to these growing needs, the administration and staff responded by building a new facility, the Marion E. Fether Medical Center, which was completed in July 1993. This location provided room for expanded healthcare services including family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, dental health, and chronic and infectious diseases.
Over a period of time, other medical support services such as laboratory and radiology, pharmacy, outreach, health education, social services support, transportation and translation assistance were also available. English, Spanish, French, Creole and Kanjobal are spoken at many of Healthcare Network’s office sites.
Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida continues to seek ways to further its commitment to provide quality, professional medical and dental healthcare services to Collier County residents. In so doing, it has established 22 healthcare sites in Collier County, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® and the Health and Smiles Mobile Programs.
a golden (gate) opportunity 2020
In order to keep affordable, quality healthcare within reach for the growing Naples population, Healthcare Network is currently raising funds to build a three-story, $18-million-dollar medical complex, located in Golden Gate – a community identified as one of the most underserved in Collier County. The complex has been named Nichols Community Health Center after a lead gift from Naples resident Jerry Nichols.
The Nichols Community Health Center, expected to open in spring 2020, will offer full primary and dental care services for adults and children, women’s and senior care, and integrated behavioral health, as well as pharmacy and X-ray services.