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PLAN Welcomes Dr. Serge Mistivar to the Board of Director

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(August 20, 2018 – Naples, FL)
The Board of Physician Led Access Network (PLAN) recently elected Dr. Serge Mistivar to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Mistivar is board certified in Family Medicine and serves as Medical Director for Adult Medicine at Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) and Physician in Charge for the Naples and Immokalee regions. He is currently piloting a senior care program for HCN to bring ancillary services to low-income patient populations in Immokalee and Naples because transportation issues for these patients impact access to quality care.

Mistivar grew up in Haiti in a family of modest means and little options. He found his calling at 8 years old to dedicate his life to becoming a physician to families in need because of a well-dressed physician who would treat his community at a local clinic. He was impressed by this down-to-earth, educated man who valued people regardless of their economic situation. Mistivar is the first of his family to attend college and has made it his life’s mission to aspire to be that person to his patients.

“This is personal to me. I gladly responded to a request by the leadership of Healthcare Network to represent the company on the PLAN Board because I have an almost daily first-hand look at the lifesaving work that the organization provides as part of PLAN’s volunteer physician network” says Dr. Mistivar. “I hope to contribute the perspective of someone who is in the trenches. In particular, I hope to help recruit specialists, who are essential to the continued fulfillment of the organization’s mission.”
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 residents whose income is below 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Eligible residents are directed to PLAN’s volunteer healthcare providers who treat patients free of charge.

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, as well as eligibility in Medicare and Medicaid. Eligible patients are directed to PLAN’s volunteer healthcare providers. 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 Dr. Serge Mistivar:
Dr. Serge Mistivar is board certified in family medicine. He was born in Haiti and attended college in Jamaica and New York before graduating from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency through the Palm Beach Center for Graduate Medical Education at Columbia/Palms West Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida. Presently, Dr. Mistivar serves as Medical Director for Adult Medicine at Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) and Physician in Charge for the Naples and Immokalee regions. He lives with his wife in Estero.

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

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(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

PLAN Proudly Welcomes Dr. Korunda to Board of Directors

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(February 1, 2018 – Naples, FL) Dr. Nena Korunda is the newest addition to the Board of the Physician Led Access Network (PLAN.) Dr. Korunda is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and currently serves as the Medical Director of Korunda Medical Institute in Naples. She has received the Patients Choice award for the last ten years and was given the award of America’s top doctor from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Korunda brings 22 years of experience to PLAN, and when asked why she joined the PLAN Board she said, “To use my personal talent, expertise and leadership to give back to the community in the most meaningful way that I can.”

PLAN coordinates quality healthcare for qualified low-income, uninsured Collier County residents. Through an integrated system PLAN completes intakes with potential clients to verify their eligibility. PLAN then works with patients to coordinate their access to a wide variety of medical services including, primary healthcare through its network of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities, including consultations, procedures, surgeries and laboratory services. Physicians and healthcare providers enrolled with PLAN provide valuable services to PLAN patients at no charge to the patient or to PLAN.

Last year PLAN was able to coordinate 3,820 medical appointments, an average of 318 appointments per month. The Board is glad to have Dr. Korunda on their team as they begin the new year. Dr. Korunda is enrolled as a PLAN physician and her practice provides care for PLAN patients. With the help of Dr. Nena Korunda and the Board’s other members, PLAN continues to strive to increase access to healthcare and provide health care to those in Collier County that need it most.

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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 all low-income, uninsured adult residents of Collier County. There are many variables, both federally, state-wide and locally, that impact the ability for our patients to receive care. As a result, we continue to operate and help those who cannot regularly receive quality health care.