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The Physicians Regional-Marco Island Walk-In Clinic: Why wait?


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System—and one who strongly believes in the importance of patient education—there’s one thing I have discovered over the years: people often know less about us than we’d like to think. For example, take Physicians Regional-Marco Island. Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he or she may tell you it’s a “doctor’s office.” In fact, both statements are true. However, Physicians Regional-Marco Island also offers physical therapy, rehab, lab and x-ray services. Open ... Read More »

Breast Health at Physicians Regional


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, it’s October and the world has suddenly turned pink—and for very good reason. For many years, pink has been the color most commonly associated with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The correlation between “pink” and health care isn’t a new concept. In centuries past, the phrase “in the pink” was synonymous with being in good health—both physically and emotionally. Though I applaud the various shades of pink that seem to pop up everywhere during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a focus on women’s health must be maintained every day of the ... Read More »

What Trust Means to Me

Dr. Robert Zehr, founder  of The Zehr Center for Orthopedics. SUBMITTED PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, I have tremendous respect for the importance of “trust.” For example, what it means to earn another person’s trust. However, almost more important are the ongoing steps required to keep that trust. When a patient comes through the doors of our Pine Ridge and Collier Boulevard campuses or our Marco Island clinic, they must be able to trust — and find comfort in — the skill sets of everyone they meet. Not just our physicians and clinical staff, but every member of our team. Celebrated thought ... Read More »

Cardiac Care


TO YOUR HEALTH Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System The essence of any healthcare institution – beyond all the statistics and accolades from third-party evaluators – is the heroic daily effort to save individual lives. I was reminded of this recently by Karen Floulacker, one of our most experienced interventional radiology technologists, who wrote me the following: “I have written to you in the past regarding numerous concerns. I now would like to share what we, in our family, consider a divine intervention. July 30, my 55-year-old brother-in-law suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at home and survived. ... Read More »

Introducing Dr. Robert Atkins, Family Medicine


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and of equal importance, as a native of Collier County, I undeniably admire those who find strength and purpose in their commitment to a community. Yes, it’s nice when that community is my hometown of Naples, but no community can thrive without those who have made a conscious decision to make their home a better place to live. Those who place a special emphasis on the concepts of compassionate care and public service. Family Medicine’s Dr. Robert Atkins recently came to the – albeit, ... Read More »

NCH Has Optimistic Future


STRAIGHT TALK Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Every three years, the Joint Commission visits NCH—and 2,000 other hospitals and healthcare systems around the country—to assess how the organization is serving its patients. Last week was our visit. As always, it was an exhaustive, important and rewarding exercise. Seven Joint Commissioner surveyors inspected almost every area of our system over five days. Half their time was focused on the NCH Physician Group and out-patient areas. This Joint Commission visit equated to a 31 “survey days” covering 462 standards, 2,000 elements of performance, and 3,000 federal conditions of ... Read More »

Dr. Doris Corey: Nature vs. Nurture


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As a native of Southwest Florida, I continue to appreciate—and rely on—our friendly, small-town status. And though I understand the respectful way a young person is taught to interact with a physician, doctors are people too. Our area physicians are our neighbors and friends. They shop. They eat. And yes, even a doctor goes to the doctor. When all is said and done, we’re all human. There is no better example of a down-to-earth, caring physician than Dr. Doris Corey—a relatively new addition to the Physicians Regional family. Dr. Corey practices family ... Read More »

A Fresh Look at Old vs. New


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As one who grew up in Southwest Florida, I have come to appreciate the balance between “something old and something new”—and not just when it’s part of a wedding celebration. Though I appreciate the economic benefits of our current surge in development, a part of me—the “native Neapolitan” part—will always enjoy eating at an established, family-owned restaurant or walking the familiar beach adjacent to Naples Pier. Some things never change, nor would I want them to. However, as is often said: change can be a good thing. At Physicians Regional, we have ... Read More »

At Physicians Regional, Helping Hands are Everywhere


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd It will come as no surprise if I suggest that a hospital or doctor’s office visit can be stressful. At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, we understand, when faced with safeguarding one’s health, one’s emotions can run high. However, your comfort, as well as confidence in our abilities, means the world to a lot of people. If you think about it, most of us tend to think of the “clinical” staff as synonymous with an office visit. In our minds, we almost immediately envision doctors and nurses. After all, the ‘70s TV show ... Read More »

Nurses Matter—All Year Long


By Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Award-winning American filmmaker Carolyn Jones said, “At one point in our life each of us will encounter a nurse, whether it’s as a patient or as a loved one and that one encounter can mean the difference between suffering and peace; between chaos and order. Nurses matter.” National Nurses Week begins every year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This is the very special week that each hospital, doctor’s office and healthcare facility sets aside to honor our nation’s national healthcare treasures: our nurses. As the CEO of Physicians Regional ... Read More »

Have You Thanked a Doctor Today?


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd On Monday, March 30, our nation, once again, celebrated National Doctors’ Day. At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, we know the extraordinary role our local physicians play in our community. We witness their profound impact on a daily basis. Here’s some history: the very first Doctor’s Day took place on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided we should set aside a day to honor physicians. On March 30, 1958, a resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. ... Read More »

So, How Do You Feel?


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd There seems to be quite a lot of information written about health care issues. In addition to this—my regular column in Coastal Breeze News—practically every local publication features some sort of healthcare-related column. Add the “news-related coverage” that local journalists assign to the comings and goings of doctors and staff from Southwest Florida’s abundant healthcare originations and, invariably, it can get confusing. Why? We sometimes don’t know who or what to believe. And yes, I most certainly include myself in the aforementioned group of “we.” However, as the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I would like ... Read More »

30 Years Young


Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System I’m proud to say our track record for quality healthcare has been growing for quite some time, even as we continue to improve and break new ground. I was reminded of this recently as we celebrated the “old” and rang in the “new.” I speak of two celebratory occasions—first, Marco Island’s Urgent Care Clinic’s 30th anniversary; and second, the groundbreaking for NCH Northeast, a 40,000 sq. ft. freestanding emergency room. Marco Island’s Urgent Care Center may be 30-years-young, but its staff is as energetic and vibrant as any in ... Read More »

Have a Plan

A heap of exhausted kittens. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: What a whirlwind the holidays were for me and my loyal staff of volunteers here at For the Love of Cats. We had cats and kittens coming and going non-stop for two weeks. Everywhere I looked I saw cats being loaded into and out of carriers; kittens climbing the romper room walls, tumbling around in colorful balls of fur, stretching sore muscles, carb-loading at their troughs, standing in and knocking over their food and water bowls, wrestling and tackling one another, and chasing each other around in dizzying circles; ... Read More »

Introducing General Surgeon Dr. Brian Smith


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd We have all heard the story countless times: the one where “person X” or “person Y” comes to Southwest Florida on vacation and decides to stay. As it turns out, this really happens — sometimes at your neighborhood hospital. When Richmond, Virginia’s, Dr. Brian Smith and his family chose Marco Island for their recent vacation, little did they know that their lives were about to change. As the Physicians Regional Collier Boulevard campus tends to dominate the landscape for a brief stretch of Collier Boulevard just a few miles north of Tamiami ... Read More »

Wishing you a HEALTHY New Year

happy new year

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, we are sitting right on top of another New Year’s celebration, and many of us, myself included, use this time of the year to reflect upon our successes and failures over the past 12 months. The result of this review is often an ambitious list of “New Year’s Resolutions.” In a list compiled by of the 13 most popular resolutions, not surprisingly, health-related issues occupy almost one-half of the spots. They include: Lose Weight • Quit Smoking Get Fit • Eat Healthy Food Manage Stress • Drink Less Alcohol ... Read More »

Educate Yourself and Get the Information You Need


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Remember the good old days when it was commonplace to clip a helpful and/or interesting article out of the newspaper for future reference or to share with a neighbor? Well, grab your scissors, this is one of those times. As the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I believe there is nothing more important than your access to information to successfully navigate all aspects of your health care needs. Today, I’m going to cover some basics about insurance and billing as well as a great new resource to access your patient record information. ... Read More »

What’s Up with Orthopedics?


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd One of the most important responsibilities for any health-care provider is education. As CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I may not have the same hands-on opportunity as our physicians and staff to share potentially life-saving information, but my responsibility to promote public awareness is equally important. Though Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is home to a significant number of specialty health care providers, I still find that many don’t take the time to understand the ins and outs of various specialties until they are in NEED of a particular type of care. Ladies and ... Read More »

Relax, It’s Just the Doctor

Dr. Vivian Torres (Left). Dr. Natasha Choyah (right). SUBMITTED PHOTOS

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blv As the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I’m used to interacting with doctors, but for many, that is not the case. Though some people may be (at least somewhat) apprehensive about a trip to the doctor’s office, other folks worry to the point of experiencing high blood pressure surges — a phenomenon referred to as “white coat syndrome.” In addition, if someone you know claims, “I don’t have time to go see the doctor,” there’s at least a chance this is their fear talking and not common sense. As children, many of ... Read More »

Patient Feedback Matters


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Just as the title says, patient feedback matters — and we want to hear from you. I recently received this letter from a patient who had visited the Emergency Room at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. Though we need to hear all your feedback — the positive and the negative — it’s nice when a patient takes the time to say, “Job well done.” With the patient’s permission, I am sharing the letter today: Be it genetic or otherwise, my entire family is gastro-intestinally challenged. So, it was not that big of a surprise ... Read More »