2014 National Health Center Week

There was much fun on the field, Aug. 13-14, as Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) celebrated National Health Center Week with special Family Field Days at Marion E. Fether Medical Center in Immokalee and Golden Gate Community Center in Naples.

The celebrations highlighted the significant contributions made by National Health Centers in communities across the United States. The events were free and open to the public. Kids of all ages enjoyed traditional field day events such as gunny sack races, hula hoops, jump ropes, a bounce house, among other activities as well as a variety of information booths and free health screenings provided by HCN and other local agencies.

One of 1,128 Federally Qualified Health Centers, HCN was founded in 1977 to serve Immokalee’s migrant farm workers and rural poor. Today, the network has grown to a $35 million network with 330 employees and more than 40 providers serving 14 locations throughout Collier County.

Last year, HCN served 39,000 individuals, including 27,000 children, making it the largest single provider of local pediatric care, caring for nearly half the children in Collier County. HCN does this with a staff of 330, including more than 40 providers serving 14 locations throughout Collier County including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Vital partnerships with academic and philanthropic partners allow HCN to expand its reach thanks to medical students and staff from Florida State University College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Dentistry.