September 28, 2022

Healthy education programs and specialty medical care now unified at Neighborhood Health Clinic in Naples

This story has been clarified to note that patients donate $20 a month for clinic overhead if possible.

Neighborhood Health Clinic has completed a nearly $13 million expansion to serve as a comprehensive medical home for low-income and uninsured residents of Collier County.

The multiphase expansion that began in 2017 wrapped up with the official opening of the Van Domelen Education and Wellness Building on Nov. 9.

The event also marked the end of the $12.8 million capital campaign to address growth in the community and needs of patients with more space and outpatient services, along with expanded healthy lifestyles educational programs.

Nancy Lascheid, co-founder of Neighborhood Health Clinic, addresses supporters to celebrate completion of multi-year expansion and the opening of the Van Domelen Education and Wellness Building on Nov. 9, 2021. (Photo submitted)

Founded in 1999 by Nancy Lascheid and her late husband, Dr. William Lascheid, the clinic provides medical and dental care to adults ages 19 to 64. If possible, patients donate $20 a month for clinic overhead.

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The clinic opened in donated space in 1999 with eight patients. Today it has 15,000 patients in its database, handles more than 11,000 patient visits a year and performs more than 27,000 procedures annually.

The clinic encompasses 32,000 square feet of building space. The address is 88 12th St. N.

Roughly 188,000 adults in Collier County are between the ages of 19 to 64, and 16.5% do not have health insurance, according to the Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida.

Final phase of an expansion of the Neighborhood Health Clinic is the addition of the Van Domelen Education and Wellness Building, to provide healthy living educational programs to clinic patients. (Photo submitted)

The clinic estimates 50,000 adults in Collier qualify for its services. That’s based on a study from Hodges University that determined 46,477 people aged 18 to 64 in Collier were living at poverty levels in 2013 and had no health insurance.

In 1999 when the clinic plans were announced, Collier’s population was 207,000, according to U.S. Census data. The Lascheids estimated in 1999 that 30,000 to 35,000 people were between the ages of 19 and 64, low-income and uninsured.