Monday, November 29, 2021

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Announces Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at new Naples Campus October 26

This is not a public event due to limited space, but media are invited to attend.

Media members interested in attending should contact Natali Latorre at

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples is celebrating its official Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, October 26th at 5:00 p.m. at 3880 Tamiami Trail North, conveniently located near the downtown business district at the intersection of US-41 and Cypress Woods Drive.

Join Mayor John Sorey and other local politicians and community leaders, members of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Bascom Palmer’s Naples Advisory Group, including Usha Ahuja, Reg Buxton, John Clough, Andrew Cummins, Stephanie Goforth, Jonathan Gopman, Colleen Murphy, Patrick Neale, William O’Meara, and Mayela Rosales, and friends of Bascom Palmer for a special ribbon cutting ceremony in commemoration of this significant milestone.

The newly-built $25 million state-of-the-art eye care facility in Naples was made possible due in large part to the generosity of foundations and families living in the Naples community, including gifts from the Ernie D. Semersky Family & Dory Newell and Allyn J. Heath who have named patient reception lounges in the eye center.

“This is truly an exciting time for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Naples community, and the entire region we serve. With this new 20,000-square-foot cutting-edge eye care center, we will be able to deliver the highest level of ophthalmic care, research and education to our patients in Collier County for decades to come.” says Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the world-renowned department of ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the nation’s top-ranked program in ophthalmology as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

The new Naples Center opened for patient care earlier this summer.  The new building, which is LEED certified, a building certification program that recognizes leadership in energy and environmental design, has 22 examination rooms.  An ambulatory surgery center located on the 2nd floor of the building is scheduled to open in 2016.

“The new Bascom Palmer campus at Naples will allow our doctors to treat virtually all eye diseases, from the most common to the most rare.” says Stephen G. Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor of ophthalmology and medical director of the center.  “The patient demand for our services in Naples has grown exponentially.  Not only are we expanding the space and our faculty and staff, but the number of clinical research trials offered to patients will increase.”


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