Healthcare Network is pleased to announce that Dr. C. Todd Vedder has joined its provider staff to head up the network’s new Pediatric Clinic at the YMCA’s Healthy Living Campus. Dr. Vedder is one of Naples’ most well-respected pediatricians and a founder of the Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County.
Dr. Vedder has practiced pediatric medicine for the last 15 years, 11 in Naples. He is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington University in St. Louis, Missiouri. Dr. Vedder completed his residency in Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Last year, he was named a Hero in Healthcare for Physician Excellence by the Naples Daily News and is a four-time NCH Physician of the Year nominee.
"We are very fortunate to have Dr. Vedder join our staff and open this exciting new pediatric clinic with us," said Healthcare Network's CEO Mike Ellis. "His experience and success with helping children make healthier choices aligns perfectly with our goals to prevent illness and disease. He is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of every child in this community and parents and kids just love him.”
Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida announced earlier today that it will partner with the Greater Naples YMCA to build the state-of-the-art pediatric clinic on the Y’s new Healthy Living Campus. The 5,400 square foot clinic will open sometime in 2015 and will provide an all-inclusive system of care for Collier County children.
Dr. Vedder and his medical staff will work with wellness and education professionals at the YMCA to provide high quality health and nutrition programs to infants, toddlers, pre-school and kindergarten children enrolled at the Y childcare center, as well as to those participating in youth programs and teen development. Healthcare Network will deliver primary and behavioral health services to patients of the clinic, which will be open to all children in the community and to breastfeeding moms needing outpatient lactation services. Dental and vision care will also be available via the Healthcare Network’s Care Mobile Program.
“I have always been a firm believer that in order to make an impact on the children and families you care for you must connect with other community resources,” says Dr. Vedder. “What better way to connect than to put your practice in the midst of an ecosystem that embraces child wellness from every angle."
Healthcare Network and the YMCA are also exploring a partnership with The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to bring physical and occupational therapy, as well as other specialized health services, to the Pediatric Clinic. Promising practices in children’s mental health, like Healthcare Network’s integrated behavioral care program, will round-out the clinic’s scope of services helping to build a fully inclusive, organized system of care.
“Healthcare Network shares the YMCA’s philosophy that youth development, healthy living and social responsibility are the keys to a sustainable and thriving community,” says Healthcare Network’s CEO Mike Ellis. “This clinic presents a unique opportunity for us and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of it.”
By being on-site where the children are throughout the day, Healthcare Network’s medical staff can provide immediate diagnosis and care, giving hardworking parents an added level of comfort and helping to eliminate many unnecessary trips to the emergency room, and in some cases, hospitalizations.
“This medical partnership is leading edge for our community,” says Paul J. Thein, ED.S. CEO and president of the Greater Naples YMCA. “The YMCA team of wellness and education professionals will work side by side with the Healthcare Network medical experts to assure the developmental needs of the children and families in our care are being met.”
Funds are currently being raised to build-out the Pediatric Clinic at the YMCA and naming opportunities are available. For more information, please call Steve Wheeler, vice president of development at the Healthcare Network Foundation, at 239-658-3111. In the meantime, Dr. Vedder will be serving patients at Healthcare Network’s Children’s Care North, 1265 Creekside Parkway, #208, Naples, 239-591-1755.