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Category: In The News Published: Tuesday, 13 January 2015 Written by Admin

Healthcare Network of SWFL to build pediatric clinic

Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida will partner with the Greater Naples YMCA to build a pediatric clinic on the Y's new Healthy Living Campus. The state-of-the art clinic will open sometime in 2015 and will provide an all-inclusive system of care for Collier County children.

At the new 5,400-square-foot pediatric clinic, doctors and medical staff from Healthcare Network will work with wellness and education professionals at the YMCA to provide high quality health and nutrition programs to infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten children enrolled at the Y childcare center, as well as to those participating in youth programs and teen development. Healthcare Network will deliver primary and behavioral health services to patients of the clinic, which will be open to all children in the community and to breastfeeding moms needing outpatient lactation services. Dental and vision care will also be available via the Healthcare Network's Care Mobile Program.

Heading up the clinic will be Healthcare Network's Dr. C. Todd Vedder, a Naples pediatrician and founder of the Safe amp; Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County.

Healthcare Network and the YMCA are also exploring a partnership with The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida to bring physical and occupational therapy, as well as other specialized health services, to the pediatric clinic. Promising practices in children's mental health, like Healthcare Network's integrated behavioral care program, will round-out the clinic's scope of services helping to build a fully inclusive, organized system of care.

Funds are currently being raised to build-out the pediatric clinic at the YMCA and naming opportunities are available.

Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is a private not-for-profit organization providing primary medical and dental care to our community since 1977. For information, visit HealthcareSWFL.org.

Dyke to receive American Cancer Society "Legacy Award"

Dr. Valerie Dyke, a specialist in colorectal cancer and a passionate volunteer and cancer educator will receive the 2015 Legacy Award from the American Cancer Society. She will be presented the award at the 2015 Cattle Barons' Ball on Friday.

Dyke, a specialist at the Colorectal Institute, is involved in numerous community health outreach programs. She provides free cancer screenings at the annual Omega Fraternity "Family Health Forum" at Dunbar High School, helps coordinate the "Scope for Hope" 5K fundraiser, presents talks and lectures free of charge for the community, and was the chair of the 2014 Powerful Women, Powerful Choices Women's Cancer Forum.

Dyke is board-certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.

Scanlon Auto supports local events and nonprofits

Scanlon Auto Group will support a number of charitable events during January 2015.

On Saturday, Scanlon Auto will serve as a Rustler Sponsor for the 2015 American Cancer Society of Lee County's Cattle Barons' Ball at Top Rocker Field, Six Bends Harley-Davidson in Fort Myers.

On Sunday, Jan. 25, the auto dealer will sponsor a hole-in-one contest for the The Club at Grandezza's United Way Golf Classic benefiting the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties.

On Thursday, Jan. 29, Scanlon Auto will sponsor a hole-in-one contest for the Third Annual Team Fox "Swing For The Cure" Golf Tournament at Plantation Golf and Country Club benefiting Team Fox For Parkinson's Research.

On Saturday, Jan. 31, Scanlon Auto will sponsor Symphonic Chorale's Jet Set Soiree, "Music, Merlot amp; Moonlight" with Carlton Ford at the Forest Country Club benefiting the Symphonic Chorale's Gift to the Community campaign.

"Scanlon Auto has always supported a wide variety of charitable endeavors and community events," said Jay Scanlon, vice president of Scanlon Auto. "Southwest Florida has been very good to us and, we want this community to thrive so that others can pursue their dreams here."

Lamaine awarded Rotary Club's highest honor

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Noon awarded its highest honor, a Paul Harris Award from The Rotary Foundation, to Teri Lamaine for her exemplary volunteerism and community spirit.

Rotary Club member and Assistant District Governor Rick L. Perry presented Lamaine with the award.

"Teri is a passionate and dedicated community volunteer with a big heart for many charities in Bonita Springs and Naples," said Perry.

Two children's centers get reaccreditation

The Community Children's Center in Lehigh Acres and the Children's Garden of LaBelle, two of six Child Care of Southwest Florida centers in Lee and Hendry counties, have been reaccredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. Reaccreditation documents that the centers continue to provide high-quality services in six areas: family engagement, health and safety, curriculum, interactions between teachers and children, classroom environments and administrative standards.

NAC accreditation improves programs for children, promotes staff professionalism and provides parents with a way to identify programs that exceed minimum standards. Reaccreditation is for a three-year period; during that time, centers must submit annual reports, and the commission can make announced visits to evaluate programs.

For information, visit ccswfl.org.

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