formal grand opening is scheduled in March, but the
rural campus already is helping FSU medical students get hands-on
experience in working with the medically underserved while also contributing
to the health of a community.
Tessa McKenna became the first College of Medicine student to
complete a third-year clinical rotation in Immokalee.
McKenna, assigned to the Ft. Pierce regional campus, completed a family
medicine rotation while working with faculty preceptor Dr. Rebekah Bernard.
many as three or four students at a time from six regional campuses around
the state may choose to complete several third-year required and fourth-year
elective rotations in Immokalee, where they will join with medical school
faculty to provide pediatric and maternal/infant care at the campus in
collaboration with Collier Health Services, Inc. Approximately 26,000
patient visits a year are expected once the clinic is fully operational.
Naples Children and Education Foundation granted $2 million to the College
of Medicine in December to fund renovations of the 29,000-square-foot
medical clinic donated to FSU by Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
earlier in 2007. The building and land, valued at $7 million, had originally
been donated to NCH Healthcare by Isabel Collier Read in an effort to ensure
that the medical needs of the community’s farm workers and other medically
underserved residents would be met.
Read, who passed away at her home in Palm Beach Feb. 5 at age 89, also
endowed the medical school's educational program with an additional gift of $1 million.
Combined with state matching funds, the value of all three gifts could
exceed $13 million.
Isabel Collier Read Medical Campus