Longboat Key Foundation Seeks Private Funding for Medical and Wellness Center
Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living will address vital community need.
LONGBOAT KEY (June 30, 2015) – The Longboat Key Foundation announced that it is seeking to raise $1.6 million in private funding to establish the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living. The center will offer immediate and primary health care services, which have not been available to residents and visitors on Longboat Key since the community’s sole primary care doctor retired in May 2014.
“The Center for Healthy Living responds to a vital community need. We must restore and enhance the health care services available on Longboat Key to better serve residents and visitors, improve our self-sufficiency as a community, and enable residents to remain on Longboat Key as they age,” said Bob Simmons, chairman of the Longboat Key Foundation. The Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The proposed Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living will have the following characteristics:
· Top-notch medical and wellness services under one roof.
· Highly qualified practitioners specializing in family medicine and other services needed by Longboat Key residents and visitors.
· Most health insurance would be accepted by service providers.
· A convenient location in the proposed “Town Center,” in the vicinity of Bay Isles Parkway.
· A business model relying solely on private funds; no taxpayer dollars.
The Center for Healthy Living would complement the Urgent Care Center proposed for St. Armands Circle by providing a wider range of services and the benefits of a personal relationship with a primary care physician, Simmons said.
The Foundation has achieved the following milestones in laying the groundwork for this initiative:
· Created a separate, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to govern the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living. It will have a separate board responsible for the center’s governance including maintaining the physical plant and contracting with healthcare providers and other tenants of the center.
· Identified potential locations in the proposed “Town Center.”
· Identified a highly qualified medical practice located in the region that could be the primary care provider offering a broad range of services. The primary practice operator also would help recruit additional services and specialists that would locate in the center.
· Developed a business model that would provide a privately-funded operational subsidy, if needed, during the first two years of operation for the primary care practice. This subsidy is intended to reduce the financial risk associated with starting a new medical practice where the population is seasonal, as on Longboat Key.
· Identified strong interest from Sci-Brain to offer its program at the center. The Sci-Brain program, developed in association with the renowned Roskamp Institute, helps people improve brain health and reduce the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
· Began reaching out to private-sector donors to fund a two-year startup with a fundraising goal of $1.6 million. This includes rent, build-out for the common area and primary practice, as well as equipment and operational subsidy (if needed) for the primary care practice.
The Longboat Key Foundation’s Board of Advisors includes Simmons; Dave Brenner, Managing Director; Barbara Brizdle; Jim Brown; Cheryl Loeffler; Jeff Mayers, Secretary; and Warren G. Simonds, Ph. D. The organization’s founders are Tom Aposporos, Brenner and Brown.
More information about the Foundation and the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living is available online at www.LongboatKeyFoundation.org.
About the Longboat Key Foundation
The Longboat Key Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Longboat Key Foundation helps donors address community needs and aspirations. The Foundation identifies and pursues initiatives to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in our island community on Florida’s West Coast.
The Foundation’s work is guided by a diverse, volunteer advisory board that includes Longboat Key residents and other stakeholders committed to the long-term sustainability and livability of the key. The Foundation’s primary areas of focus include arts and culture; education; environment and sustainability; health and human services; and parks and recreation. Information: www.LongboatKeyFoundation.org.
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