February 19, 2013 — Coral Gables — Bascom Palmer Eye Institute officially began its expansion to better serve patients on Florida’s Gulf Coast at a February 8 groundbreaking ceremony for its new and bigger location in Naples.
Bascom Palmer Chairman Eduardo C. Alfonso; Stephen G. Schwartz, medical director of Bascom Palmer at Naples; and Michael Gittelman, executive administrator at Bascom Palmer, joined Naples Mayor John F. Sorey and other community leaders at the 1.5-acre site Bascom Palmer purchased on the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and Cypress Woods Drive. Due to increasing patient demand, Bascom Palmer has outgrown space it has leased since first opening in Naples in 2004.
Bascom Palmer’s expanded presence in Naples will contain clinical space customized for the treatment of all ophthalmic diseases and disorders, as well as imaging, laser vision correction, vision research, and an ambulatory surgery center. Ranked the No. 1 eye hospital in the nation for the past nine years by U.S. News & World Report, Bascom Palmer is expected to draw more visitors to the region, contributing to Collier County’s growth as a medical destination.
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