New Center to Open in 2015
February 8, 2013 was a defining moment for Bascom Palmer’s future in Naples, Florida. A groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the purchase of a 1.5-acre site located on the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and Cypress Woods Drive, across the street from Park Shore Drive. Construction of a new $15 million, 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art eye center is scheduled for completion in 2015. In 2004, Bascom Palmer opened the only university-based eye care center in southwest Florida—a leased, 3,000 square‑foot office located in Naples Community Hospital’s NCH Medical Plaza. The practice was established primarily to diagnose and treat retinal and macular diseases. Over the past nine years, the practice has grown considerably in size and scope.
Bascom Palmer’s dramatic expansion in Naples will double the number of ophthalmologists on permanent staff, house a custom‑designed ambulatory surgical center, and provide more than six times the current amount of clinical space for the treatment of virtually all eye diseases and disorders. The additional space will allow Bascom Palmer to expand the number of clinical research trials offered to patients. The center will include full‑time specialists for all ocular diseases, including macular and corneal diseases, cataracts and glaucoma.
“This new facility will be a model for 21st century ophthalmic centers,” says Stephen G. Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A., medical director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples. “It has been specifically designed to provide a better patient experience, including bigger and brighter waiting areas and advanced patient-centered technology. It will allow us to accommodate our patients in a friendlier environment, and give us the opportunity to perform surgery in our own custom-designed surgical center.”
Read full story at Images Magazine 2014 Issue 1.