05 Dec Panira Healthcare Clinic
Naples Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month
A Local Clinic Within Reach of All
PANIRA Healthcare Clinic, located in East Naples, is working on closing the access gap and promoting health equality amongst all including our most needy. Founded in 2015 by husband and wife team, Lawrence and Geneve Egger, the clinic’s mission is to provide quality healthcare and equal access to anyone in the community, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, income, education, geographic location, disability, or sexual orientation in a manner that is comprehensive, current and culturally appropriate.
PANIRA provides primary care, express care, medical screenings, well exams by appointments and/or walk-in to all ages (children and adults) needing medical care. PANIRA makes a special effort to help patients from all cultural background feel accepted, welcomed, respected, and valued in the clinic. From its inception, PANIRA began promoting affordable healthcare through self-pay, sliding fee scale for uninsured working and unemployed individuals. They also accept insurances. Since January 2017, they began providing a monthly free clinic on the second Wednesday of each month. This free clinic provides access to healthcare for patients of all ages (children and adults) who are uninsured and who cannot afford the sliding scale fees charged by the clinic.
In 2016, PANIRA Healthcare Clinic treated 1,568 patients and in 2017, 3,976. Our commitment in the healthcare community helps bridge the gap between the lack of affordable healthcare access for primary and convenient care in Collier County and the existing Medical Community Infrastructure. It is challenging but, it is worth the work. It becomes a mission to the founders since Geneve experienced the hardships and struggle to navigate the healthcare system in the County when she was unemployed and uninsured.
Together, we can all make an impact in the community. PANIRA Healthcare Clinic constantly treats patients with uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes who are unable to pay for lab or diagnostic testing along with uninsured children or adults with acute healthcare needs. It’s so rewarding when we see patients and can provide with information and treatments after a blood test; the providers determined that the patient was anemic, diabetic, had thyroid disease and more. Patients present to the clinic with uncontrolled hypertension, and we feel that we can easily make a positive impact to their health and reduce the risk of complications.
PANIRA Clinic’s providers also treat patients with complex medical conditions. We are working on building a broader referral network of specialists to address special medical needs. We also are working on offering specialty services during a second free clinic day each month. We invite the Collier Community to join us in this journey. We are looking to add to the medical staff, family practice and specialty physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. For those looking to contribute to a purpose driven practice, PANIRA Healthcare Clinic is a place to consider joining.
For more information, visit their website, www.panirahealthcareclinic.org, or inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org