Immokalee Bulletin

HCN receives $10,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation

Naples – Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) has received a $10,000 grant from the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation to support the expansion of its Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a mobile pediatric office that travels to schools and neighborhoods to deliver dental care and medical screenings to the most underserved children in our community while giving them access to continuing care through HCN’s land based dental sites. Since 2004, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM) has provided medical and dental care to more than 32,000 undeserved children in Collier County.

The RMCM provides dental screenings and sealants in coordination with Collier County Schools, to first and second grade children in 13 Title One Schools. The program currently serves 13 Title One Schools in Collier County, and the funding from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation HCN will increase the number of children served by adding an additional school for the 2018-2019 school year. CEO Mike Ellis noted that “Our goal is to create a dental home for every child in our community, and often the first point of access is at these school based visits on board the Care Mobile. The support from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation will ensure that we continue to reach as many underserved children in need as possible”.

About HCN
Founded in 1977, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is a federally qualified health center providing primary health and dental care to over 60 percent of Collier County’s children as well as family care, women’s care and behavioral care to over 50,000 patients through its 21 facilities. Persons interested in further information may visit www.healthcareswfl.org or call 239-658-3000.

About Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU.