Nichols Community health center
The new 50,000 square foot Golden Gate Health Center is a primary healthcare facility that will provide improved facilities for children’s care, family care, women’s care, dental care, and integrated behavioral care. This multi-million dollar investment in Collier County will include new equipment, improved technologies, and jobs for 60 new staff members, including doctors, nurses, medical personnel and facility staff needed to lead the new center.
our services make a difference
The Healthcare Network welcomes all patients—insured or uninsured—and provides the same high quality standard of care to all. As more physicians choose not to accept Medicaid or uninsured patients, the Healthcare Network takes on the care of these individuals, offering a sensible and affordable alternative to the more expensive and often inappropriate emergency room. Annually, community health centers save the healthcare system over $24 billion, all the while providing continuity of care in a high quality setting.
As a community governed healthcare provider, our patients make up 51% of the board of directors. With their support, HCN patients have seen additional benefits like weekend hours, more services under one roof, and payment solutions like a sliding fee scale for the uninsured or underinsured. When comparing our services to other providers, patients experience lower costs of care and higher patient satisfaction. In addition to increased preventative services, actual physical health benefits of HCN include higher rates of controlled and treated hypertension and reduced rates of low birth weights.
dental care: changing access
Dentistry is an important part of the Healthcare Network’s system of integrated care, and both pediatric and adult dentistry will have a place at the new Golden Gate Center. Research has firmly established the connection between poor oral health and chronic health conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, low birth-weight babies and even stillborn births. Furthermore, chronic diseases have oral manifestations and in many cases, a dentist can be the first to diagnose a chronic illness. Now with both adult and children’s dentistry in the same location as HCN’s wide variety of services, not only will patients receive high quality dental services but a true “careteam” approach from their primary medical doctor, dentist, pharmacist, and psychologist.
pharmacy: changing costs
Through the innovative 340B drug distribution program, HCN patients are able to purchase medication for pennies on the dollar versus what retail pharmacies charge. Prior to its implementation, patients who could not afford to purchase the necessary medications would often go without, thus exacerbating their existing conditions. By providing these low cost prescriptions to HCN patients, HCN has seen improved patient outcomes and healthier patients. In the Golden Gate Health Center, this centrally located pharmacy will provide access convenient for patients, further demonstrating the idea of a “one-stop shop” for all healthcare needs