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.
Their 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.
Awards and Accreditation
October 2017 Mike Ellis, CEO awarded Best Boss, Gulfshore Business
October 2017 Nichols Pediatric Center's Dr. Todd Vedder awarded Champion for Learning
October 2017 Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Community Relations Director receives Forty Under 40 by Gulfshore Life Magazine.
September 2017 Dr. Emily Ptaszek, COO, received inagural alumni award for Leadership Offered by the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland
Spring 2017 Dr. Scott Needle appointed as Acting Chair to the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters
October 2015 Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida employee Paul Midney, RN received the 2015 Heroes in Healthcare Award for Lifetime Achievement.
September 2015 Healthcare Network receives Excellence in Industry award for "Heart of the Community"
June 2015 Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Chief Medical Officer Dr. Scott Needle named 2015 Top Doctors by Gulfshore Life Magazine.
September 2014 Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Vice President of Operations Dr. Emily Ptaszek named 2014 Forty Under 40 by Gulfshore Life Magazine.
July 2014 Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida pediatrician Dr. Alicja Langner was selected for the 2014 Best of Naples Award in the Pediatricians category by the Naples Award Program. Dr. Langner provides pediatric care at HCN’s Children’s Care Central clinic.
June 2014 Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Chief Medical Officer Dr. Scott Needle named 2014 Top Doctors by Castle Connelly Medical Ltd.
May 2014 Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Director of Clinical Operations Ellen Cordoba, BSN, received the 2014 Heroes in Healthcare Award for Nurse's Excellence.
November 2013 The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Chief Dental Officer Dr. Kelley Johnson, DMD received the Harold Slavkin Oral Health Science Education Award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
Summer 2012 The NCEF Pediatric Dental Center received the William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement and was recognized by the DentaQuest Institute as a Safety Net Solutions Center of Excellence.
April 2012 Healthcare Network staff receive Heroes in Healthcare awards. Healthcare Network Chief Medical Officer, Jerry Williamson honored with Administrative Excellence in Health Care Award and Dental Director, Dr. Kelley Johnson honored with the Dental Excellence Award
April 2011 Healthcare Network staff receive Heroes in Healthcare awards. President and CEO Richard Akin honored with Administrative Excellence in Health Care Award and Rosa Ramirez, Referral Coordinator for Women’s Health honored with Community Outreach Award
January 2011 Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines awarded Healthcare Network the Large Company FACE Award celebrating diversity
January 2010 Three members of Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® Program Advisory Council honored. Mollie Ottina named Woman of Achievement by The Greater Naples American Association of University Women; Tom Schneider hosen by The Education Foundation as a Man of Distinction and Emily Watt selected as a Woman of Initiative by the Community Foundation of Collier County
2010 Jules Mijares, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® Coordinator, wins Outstanding Migrant Health Public Service Award by National Association of Community Health Centers
December 2009 Dr. Jose Quero, Chief of Adult Medicine, named Patient Care Provider of the Year by the Southwest Florida Regional HIV/AIDS Council
September 2008 Dr. Jorge Camina, Chief of Pediatrics, Honored as Community Business Leader by Gulfshore Business Magazine
October 2007 The State of Florida Department of Education awards the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® Program Migrant Health Professional of the Year Award
September 2007 The Economic Development Council of Collier County presented Healthcare Network with Excellence in Industry Large Business award to highlight excellence in economic diversification and business innovation
September 2007 Lesa Peterson,Director of Operations, named 40 Under Forty Business Leader by Gulfshore Business Magazine
January 2006 Collier Health Services, Inc. receives 2006 Harvey Kapnick Award from the Community Foundation of Collier County
1977 Collier Health Services founded; begins offering medical and dental services in Immokalee in two trailers.
1993 Marion E. Fether Medical Center opens in Immokalee, offering family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, dental health and chronic and infectious diseases.
1995-2010 Accredited and reaccredited by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
1996 Pediatric sites established from Marco Island to Immokalee, with Board-certified pediatricians, skilled nursing and support staff.
1999 Immokalee Family Care Center opens
2003 Family Care Naples East Center opens as Horizons Primary Care to meet healthcare needs for uninsured and underinsured. Renamed Mike Davis Medical Center in August 2008.
2004 Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program ® launched as a mobile pediatric office to provide children with medical and/or dental care.
2007 (Dec) Collier Health Services Foundation, Inc. formed.
2008 (Feb) 12-chair Countryside Dental Center opens in East Naples
2008 (Oct) Collier Health Services Foundation, Inc. renamed CHS Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (now Healthcare Network Foundation).
2008 (Dec) 17-chair State-of-the-art Pediatric Dental Center, in partnership with Naples Children and Education Foundation and the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry, opens on Edison College-Collier County campus
2009 Pediatric Department moved to newly opened Florida State University (FSU) campus in Immokalee in August.
2010 Integral Quality Care, a Provider Service Network, begins administering Medicaid insurance.
2010 Accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
2011 North Naples Pediatrics office moves to Polaris building, with expanded facilities
2011 Family Healthcare practice expands to North Naples
2012 CHS Healthcare is renamed The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida
2014 Healthcare Network assumes operational control of the Women’s Health Foundation and services at its location in the Collier Health Department Building H.
2015 Total Women’s Care of Naples joins the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida family, offering OB/GYN services.
2015: Added Health and Smiles mobile
2015: Senior Friendship Centers and Healthcare Network co-located to the Friendship Health Center to provide adult and geriatric specialty and primary services in the same location.
2016: Added the Nichols Pediatric Center for children's care on the campus of the Naples YMCA.
2016: Expanded adult dental services at Dental Care Central
2017: Opened Family Care location on the campus of David Lawrence Center