Healthcare Network Honors NCEF


NAPLES, December 24 – The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) today announced that it has named the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) as its 2015 Healthcare Networker of the Year.  The honor will be conferred at the Port Royal Club on January 14th at 5:30pm.

NCEF, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, has granted funds to HCN to serve an ever increasing numbers of patients, including funding buildings, medical and administrative staff and specific programs like integrated behavioral health.

The Healthcare Networker of the Year honors an individual, organization, or company that has made a significant impact on the landscape of primary healthcare through fiscal generosity, leadership, or support.

Persons interested in attending the event may contact Elizabeth Zuluaga at 239-658-3113 or purchase tickets ($75.00 per person) online at

Founded in 1977, The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida provides primary health and dental care to over 60 percent of Collier County’s children as well as family care, women’s care and behavioral care to over 41,000 patients through its 20 facilities from Immokalee to Naples to Marco Island.

Healthcare Network leadership to keynote League of Women Voters Luncheon



Naples, FL December– The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida today announced that its CEO, Mike Ellis, and its vice president of operations, Dr. Emily Ptaszek, will be the keynote speakers at The League of Women Voters of Collier County (LWVCC) Luncheon, Monday, January 11th at the Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North.  Registration begins at 11:45 A.M. with lunch at 12:00 noon.  The program, entitled, “Beyond Repair Shop Medicine”, will start at 12:30 P.M. and end promptly at 1:30 P.M.

            With a combined 45 years in health care, Ellis and Ptaszek will examine their organization’s integration of behavioral care into its overall Family and Women’s Care, including its primary Pediatric and Dental Care for over 60 percent of Collier County’s children.

            “The League of Women Voters strongly supports access to health care for all including behavioral and mental health care.” states LWVCC President, Charlotte Nycklemoe. “While gaps in access remain in Collier County and in Florida as well as in other parts of the U.S.”, she adds, “we salute the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida for the strides they have taken in meeting the needs of our residents.”

Persons interested in attending the luncheon, open to the public, may contact Tina Palmese or call 239-263-4656 or visit the LWVCC website at The cost of the luncheon is $25.00. Reservations should be made by Thursday, January 7, 2016.