Community Foundation of Collier County Awards $15,000 to Physician Led Access Network (PLAN)

published August 2, 2018

(August 2, 2018 – Naples, FL) Physician Led Access Network (PLAN) of Collier County is pleased to announce that it received a grant award of $15,000.00 from the Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits of the Community Foundation of Collier County. The grant will be used to increase access to healthcare for low-income, uninsured adults in Collier County.

PLAN coordinates quality healthcare for qualified low-income, uninsured Collier County residents ages 19 to 64, to fill a critical gap in services for the uninsured of our community. Through an integrated system PLAN completes intakes with potential clients to verify their eligibility. PLAN’s Patient Care Coordinators provide case management to qualified patients and assist them in navigating the healthcare system to receive free primary and specialty care, along with diagnostic tests, laboratory work, chemotherapy and infusion treatments, imaging, surgery, prescriptions, and hospitalization. Physicians and other healthcare providers enrolled with PLAN serve as volunteers and provide services to PLAN patients at no charge.

Last year PLAN coordinated 3,820 medical appointments, an average of 318 appointments per month. “The participating healthcare providers who treat PLAN patients through in-kind contributions provide a valuable service, but we are far from closing the gap of access to care in Collier County” states Dr. William Kuzbyt, who serves as PLAN Chair for the nonprofit Board of Directors. “We are grateful for the support from the Angel Fund which will enable PLAN to recruit and retain more participating healthcare providers and serve more patients. Our goal in the coming year is to reduce the waitlist, increase the number of patients served, provide support for our Patient Care Coordinators and ensure that these critical services can continue to be provided in our community.”
Physicians who are interested in participation are invited to contact Dr. Kuzbyt at [email protected] or 239-776-3016 to discuss your capacity to serve.

The Community Foundation of Collier County awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Changing Needs Fund. This Fund is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and grant to the most community’s most current needs.

About PHYSICIAN LED ACCESS NETWORK OF COLLIER COUNTY (PLAN): The mission of PLAN is to make a significant difference in the health of our community by providing a safety net and increasing access to quality healthcare for low-income, uninsured adult residents of Collier County. PLAN serves uninsured Collier County residents ages 19 to 64 who have an immediate medical need and whose individual and family income is below 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. PLAN conducts the income and residency eligibility screening of the referred patient to determine if the patient qualifies to receive services through PLAN. Residents are also screened for eligibility in Medicare and Medicaid, and if found eligible for those programs, they are redirected accordingly. Thanks to the generosity of PLAN’s volunteer physicians and other volunteer healthcare providers, all services are provided to patients free of charge. PLAN’s volunteer physicians and healthcare facilities receive protection under the state of Florida’s Sovereign Immunity Statute for the free services they provide to qualified residents.

About the Community Foundation of Collier County
The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization, established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 700 funds, such as the Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits, serves 400 nonprofits, holds over $172 million in assets and has distributed more than $130 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs since its inception in 1985. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at cfcollier.orq or call 239-649-5000