Sunday, December 5, 2021

You Must Build It Before They Come



To Your Health
Scott Lowe
CEO, Physicians
Regional-Collier Blvd

For anyone traveling north on Collier Boulevard from Marco to I-75 — or northwest from Port of the Islands toward downtown Naples, one fact is abundantly clear: East Naples is experiencing a major growth spurt.

This renewed development has already provided brand new options for dining out such as Chili’s just south of I-75 on Collier or the new Outback Steak House at US-41 and Collier.

Why? New developments and new homes are popping up everywhere. I have heard Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala refer to our region as “The New Naples” on several different occasions.

With good reason…

The Arlington in Lely, a $197 million dollar project, promises to attract thousands of retirees seeking resort-style senior living. In January of 2013, Villa at Terracina Grand will open with a much-needed focus on Memory Care and another assisted-living complex, Discovery Village, is coming soon.

In addition to expansion at Lely, Reflection Lakes and Fiddler’s Creek, there’s Isles of Collier Preserve and Winding Cypress at Verona Walk.

Right in the back yard of our Collier Boulevard Campus, Hacienda Lakes is exploding with more than 1,700 homes and 325,000 square feet of retail/commercial, a hotel and office space.

Though the recent economic downturn delayed much of this development, to many of us, the rise of East Naples was a foregone conclusion.

To borrow a famous line from the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”

This is precisely why Physicians Regional Healthcare System never stopped looking ahead — never stopped “building.” However, our reasons were different. Medically speaking, you must build it before they come.

Residents may be able to wait for a new restaurant or grocery store, but they cannot want for quality health care.

The 2007 opening of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard brought vital and broad general medical/surgical services to East Naples and surrounding communities.

However, our “building” has never stopped.

Our campus now contains a 94,000 square-foot medical office building, Cardiology Center, Women’s Center, 24-hour Emergency Room (ER) services, Hand Surgery Institute, Wound Care Center, Hospice, Sleep Disorders Center and ENT Specialty Care Center. Our outpatient services include radiology, laboratory and rehabilitation.

The past year, we have significantly expanded our orthopedic and bariatric services. We also have our sights set on additional primary care and geriatric care options.

As many have already discovered, the 9,000 square-foot Physicians Regional-Marco Island facility — at the corner of Barfield and San Marco Road — has been successfully serving the public for well over a year now.

The Walk-in Clinic is open 7-days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and serves those seeking immediate (non-emergency) care. This state-of-the-art facility also offers same-day appointments, Primary Care, Physical Therapy, X-Ray and Coumadin Clinic.

Of course, this facility is ideally situated for those living on Marco; however, we have also discovered that East Naples has embraced the clinic due to its comparatively convenient location, hours of operation, appointment availability and breadth of services.

Throughout the years, our commitment to the education of the patient public has remained steadfast. For example, in 2013 alone, Physicians Regional Healthcare System presented over 83 free lectures at our Collier Boulevard and Pine Ridge locations.

Our highly successful partnership with IberiaBank on Marco ultimately led to a county-wide health care lecture series at five different IberiaBank branch locations.

Attendees at these events have gained valuable insight on brain attack (stroke), orthopedic hip/knee/shoulder surgical options, back pain, arthritis, skin cancer and healthy lifestyles.

No matter how much development we see in the years ahead, when it comes to your health care needs, we’re committed to educating you, expanding our service offerings and growing even faster.

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