Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living to Open March 31 at Centre Shops
Longboat Key’s long wait for a family doctor will soon be over. The Longboat Key Foundation announced that the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living will open on March 31 at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
Physicians and staff of AllCare Medical Centers will provide primary and urgent medical care to Longboat Key residents and visitors at the Center for Healthy Living. Longboat Key has not had a family doctor for the past two years.
Additional health care services that will locate in the center include the Center for Brain Health – a neurology practice specializing in brain health – and Fitness Quest Physical Therapy.
The public is invited to meet the health care providers at “Meet the Doctors,” a community information session, on Monday, March 14, 4:30-6 p.m. at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, Harbourside Ballroom. The event is free, but registration is required as seating is limited. Register by noon, March 11 by email to email@example.com or phone, 941-556-7160.
“The Longboat Key Foundation is excited to announce the opening of the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living, which is made possible by the generous gifts of private donors,” said Bob Simmons, chair of the Longboat Key Foundation Board of Advisors. “The center’s space is being renovated and equipped, and the providers will be ready to serve patients by the end of March.”
AllCare Medical Centers is a family-owned health care practice with locations in Lakewood Ranch and Venice. The principals are husband and wife – Dr. Matt Nessetti, a board-certified family practitioner, and Dr. Doris Ramirez Nessetti, a gynecologist. The Nessettis employ a staff of 25, which will be expanded to serve the Longboat Key community. Dr. Irwin “Irv” Becker, a Longboat Key resident and member of the AllCare staff, and Physician Assistant Anne Marie Dozier will be based at the Longboat Key facility.
“The Nessetti group includes highly qualified medical practitioners who have an impressive track record of successfully managing multiple locations,” said Dr. Jack Rozance, president of the Longboat Key center’s board. “The Longboat Key community will find them to be consummate medical professionals and deeply caring individuals who establish authentic ‘family doctor’ relationships with their patients.”
AllCare Medical Centers will offer these services at the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living: family medicine, including primary and urgent care for adults and children; women’s health, including routine wellness and specialized care; behavioral health, including diagnosis, treatment and counseling; and onsite lab and imaging services with same-day results, in most cases.
AllCare physicians hold hospital privileges at Doctors Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital, and are applying for privileges at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. AllCare accepts Medicare and most health care insurance. Specialist services may be added based on demand.
The Center for Brain Health is the Sarasota area’s only neurology practice specializing exclusively in brain health. The center’s evaluation and interdisciplinary treatment program is designed to promote better brain health in individuals of all ages and empower them to reach their maximum brain performance.
Fitness Quest Physical Therapy is the largest privately-owned PT practice in the area, according to founder and CEO Jason Nippert. The practice treats a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, including back and neck pain, post-surgical conditions, balance disorders, sports injuries, arthritis and post-fracture care.
The board of directors for the nonprofit Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living Inc. includes five Longboat Key residents: Rozance, a neurologist who directed medical operations at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento; Cynthia Craig, an attorney, serving as vice president; Kenneth Gorman, a successful entrepreneur, treasurer; Dale Strohl, formerly an executive with Tiffany & Co., Avon Products and Sears, secretary; and Dr. Kenneth Newmark, a nephrologist and medical practice management executive.
The Longboat Key Foundation led creation of the medical and wellness center to provide needed medical and wellness services for residents and visitors, and to improve Longboat Key’s self-sufficiency as a community and enables residents to remain on Longboat Key as they age.
The Foundation began fundraising in June 2015 and announced in September that Ocean Properties Ltd. and an anonymous private donor committed $500,000 to the project. Simmons said the amount raised to date is sufficient to launch the center, but the Foundation needs additional charitable contributions to support the two-year startup period.
“We continue to invite private-sector support for the startup period, to offset operating expenses that may exceed revenues due to Longboat Key’s seasonal population as the center begins operations,” Simmons said. “We are also looking to the future by considering a stand-alone facility in the Town Center area of Longboat Key, near Bay Isles Parkway. The Centre Shops is a convenient location, but we expect the Center for Healthy Living to outgrow the 2,800-square-foot space, particularly as additional specialists seek to co-locate with the primary and immediate care practice.”