Bascom Palmer to break ground today on expanded center

Scott McIntyre/Staff 
 Dr. Stephen Schwartz, left, chats with Sharon Henely before she has her eyes examined at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Naples in November 2012.

Photo by SCOTT MCINTYRE // Buy this photo

Scott McIntyre/Staff Dr. Stephen Schwartz, left, chats with Sharon Henely before she has her eyes examined at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Naples in November 2012.

— Officials from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Naples and local civic leaders are to gather today at the site of the eye institute's future complex in North Naples to mark the beginning of an expanded presence in the community.

The eye institute that is part of the University of Miami's College of Medicine plans to build a 20,000-square-foot clinic and ambulatory surgery center at 3860 U.S. 41 N. on 1.5 acres at the northeast corner of Cypress Wood Drive.

The future complex is estimated to cost $9 million and is targeted to open in two years, said Dr. Stephen Schwartz, medical director of Bascom's current medical center near NCH Downtown Naples Hospital.

"A lot of what we build will depend on fundraising," Schwartz said.

Local leaders taking part in a 10 a.m. ceremonial groundbreaking include Naples Mayor John Sorey, Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle and Dudley Goodlette, chairman-elect of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

Several Bascom Palmer officials from the institute's main campus in Miami are expected to be on hand.

Bascom officials closed on the $2.8 million land purchase in early December.

Buildings on the site are being demolished.

© 2013 marconews.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Stories

Related Links

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features