Mike Ellis, President and Chief Executive Officer
Background: Healthcare Network President, Mike Ellis, has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in both clinical chemistry and hospital and health administration.
Experience/Role: Mike has 37 years of healthcare experience including seven years as executive director of the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, 15 years executive experience in Community and Migrant Health Centers, and 15 years executive experience in hospital administration. Mike joined the Healthcare Network in 2013 as CEO.
Board Affiliations: Mike is a former member of the Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors and currently serves on the Lee County Mosquito Control District Commission.
Dr. Emily Ptaszek, Chief Operating Officer
Background: Dr. Emily Ptaszek received her doctorate of psychology from Loyola University in Maryland. She has been certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Experience/Role: With over 10 years of clinical experience, Dr. Ptaszek came to the Healthcare Network from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, where she specialized in treating post traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Emily Ptaszek oversees daily operations of the Healthcare Network’s sites to ensure optimal functioning of staff and processes. Dr. Ptaszek also directs the Behavioral health program at HCN in addition to management of HCN’s various academic partnerships.
Affiliations: Dr. Ptaszek serves on the local advisory board of the Senior Friendship Health Centers, as well as board of Healthy Start of SWFL.
Dr. Gregory Preston, Chief Medical Officer
Sandra Steele, Vice President Finance
Background: Sandra Steele received her B.A. in accounting from Bowling Green State University and her M.B.A. with honors from Suffolk University.
Experience: Sandra joined HCN with nearly 30 years of experience in financial management in the not-for-profit healthcare industry.
Role: Sandra’s responsibilities include financial planning, forecasting, trend analysis, grant and tax reporting, treasury management, internal audit, general and cost accounting, purchasing, facility management and billing.
Affiliations: Sandra is a licensed CPA in Florida, and she is a fellow of the Academy of Healthcare Management and a member of the Florida and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Dr. Scott Needle, Regional Medical Director
Dr. Scott Needle is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD and completed his internship and residency at the New England Medical Center/Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts University in Boston, MA. He has been certified by the American Board of Pediatrics since 1999.
Experience/Role: Dr. needle sees patients at the network's Children's Care North location while also serving in his administrative role. He also serves on the clinical faculty of the FSU College of Medicine to assist the coordination of medical student rotations in Healthcare Network offices.
Affiliations: As a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Needle has served on numerous councils and sections. Dr Needle also is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters for the Secretary of Health and Human Services
Dr. Jorge Camina, Regional Medical Director
Background: Dr. Jorge Camina is a graduate of the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Florida. He has been certified by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2004.
Experience/Role: A pediatric provider with HCN since he completed his residency, Dr. Camina sees patients at the network's Children's Care Golden Gate location while also serving in his administrative role.
Steve Wheeler, Vice President Development
Background: Steve Wheeler graduated with honors in business management from Keystone College in Pennsylvania and is a certified hotel administrator.
Experience/Role: Prior to joining Healthcare Network, Steve served as Chief Development Officer for David Lawrence Center and Senior Director of Development for Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, where he was instrumental in the capital campaign to build the Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL. Steve oversees the fundraising for the Healthcare Network foundation and utilizes his extensive connections to bolster partnerships and collaborations in the local community.
Affiliations: His extensive community involvement includes current service on the Board of Directors for Economic Incubators, Inc., and the Greater Naples Area Chamber of Commerce, previously the David Lawrence Center, YMCA, Collier County Film Commission and Vice President of the Board for the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a proud graduate of the inaugural Leadership Collier Class of 1989
Dr. Elizabeth Orr, Vice President Dental Services
Background: A graduate of LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. She completed her dental residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York
Experience: Dr. Elizabeth Orr joined Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida in January 2014 with over a decade of experience as a general dentist in both private practice and public health. In addition to her role as Vice President, Dr. Orr provides patient care at Dental Care Immokalee. She also serves on the courtesy faculty for the University of Florida College of Dentistry and also as Dental Director for the NYU Langone Medical Center (formerly Lutheran Medical Center) Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. She coordinates dental student and resident rotations in Healthcare Network dental offices.
Affiliations: Dr. Orr serves on the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida. Dr. Orr has also been an active member of Oral Health Florida’s Sealant Action Team
Maria J Jimenez, Vice President Human Resources
Background: Maria earned her B.S. in Business Management and her M.S. in Health Administration and maintains multiple professional certifications (SHRM-CP and PHR).
Experience/Role: Prior to joining HCN in 2014, Maria spent over fifteen years in Human Resources focusing on management in both the service and construction industries.
Affiliations:Throughout her career she has given back to the community through volunteering with the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals, Catholic Charities of Collier County and the Living World Family Church. Local leadership is very important to Maria as she sits on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Collier Foundation and as the current President of HR Collier.
John C. Fletcher iii "Trey", General Counsel
Background: Trey attended Auburn University (War Eagle!) where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then continued on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.
Experience/Role: Trey began working for the Healthcare Network in 2013 and today serves as general counsel for the organization. In this role Trey works on both general legal matters and matters that deal with the particulars of being a Federally Qualified Health Center.
Affiliations: Trey is a member of the Florida Bar and serves on the board of the Collier Resource Center, Inc.