A local medical nonprofit just received some reinforcements.
Physician Led Access Network of Collier County welcomed Dr. Leela Lavasani and Dr. Horace “Bud” Benton to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Lavasani is a board-certified otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon with Florida Gulf Coast Ear Nose and Throat. She has been an active volunteer for PLAN since 2012 and is passionate about supporting PLAN’s mission to provide quality healthcare for low-income, uninsured Collier County residents. She joined the board because she sees a critical gap in services to support the healthcare needs of at-risk members of the community.
“I think we have a duty to give back to our community,” said Dr. Lavasani. “We have to make time to participate despite our busy lifestyles and family activities. Our community is our family, too.”
Dr. Benton has a lifetime of experience in medicine, working in internal medicine for more than three decades in the Bethesda, Maryland region. He was a founding board member and chairman of the Primary Care Coalition in Montgomery County, Maryland, and since becoming a seasonal Naples resident and now full-timer, has spent a great deal of time working with the Community Foundation of Collier County and other organizations focusing on health-related initiatives.
“PLAN has been instrumental in setting up a referral service to link patients who are in need with physicians who are willing to help,” Dr. Benton said of his reasoning to join the board. “I’m hoping to lend my experience and pitch in wherever I can. I applaud the effort of PLAN so far and hope to continue growing their programs.”
PLAN completes intakes with adult patients to verify eligibility, then works to coordinate access to a network of physicians, hospitals and other healthcare facilities that provide primary and specialty healthcare services, which include consultations, procedures, surgeries and lab services.
Healthcare providers enrolled with PLAN provide these services pro bono to patients. More than 3,820 medical appointments were facilitated last year through the help of more than 150 volunteer physicians.
For more information about getting involved as a physician, or if you’re a patient seeking help, visit .
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 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, 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.