The Boca Grande Health Clinic celebrated the unofficial beginning of its 55th island season with a low-key open house Tuesday.
CEO John Sielert, BGHC Foundation Chairman Will Farish and the three doctors, two nurses, medical assistant, X-Ray tech and professional staff helped conduct a tour of the facilities and answer questions.
Sielert, heading into his fourth season with BGHC, said the open house helps showcase clinic capabilities.
Boca Grande Health Clinic people who personify the saying “You Make the Clinic Work,” from left: Mary Anne Hastings, Angela Steffan and Jean Ferguson.
"The patient portal is our newest thing," Sielert said. "It gives patients access to their electronic records."
Mary Anne Hastings, BGHC Foundation managing director, said other services have increased over the past couple of years with a phlebotomist, audiologist, counselor, acupuncturist and X-Ray tech.
Radiologist Becca Davis has returned to Boca Grande for a second time after spending seven years on island previously. She helped reintroduce X-Rays to the BGHC services menu after an absence of more than two decades.
Patient account rep Kristie Walker said the open house helps show attendees how wonderful it is to have such a facility on island.
The BGHC maintains a full schedule of season events. The next on schedule is at 3 p.m. Wednesday when the Boca Grande Health Clinic Physicians Lecture Series opens with Dr. Gregory Lomas and nurse practitioner Coletta Boyle of RTR Urology on issues facing men and women at the Boca Grande Community Center Woman's Club Room with meet-and-greet to follow.
Other BGHC events:
Dec. 20: Boca Grande Health Clinic Physicians Lecture Series talk on arterial fibrillation by Dr. James Landis of Florida Cardiac Consultants, 3 p.m., Community Center Auditorium and reception after lecture in the Woman's Club Room.
Jan. 22: Boca Grande Health Clinic Physician Lecture Series, "Pleasure Unwoven: The Spectrum of Alcohol," by Dr. Chris Tuell, coordinator of addiction services at Lindner Center of HOPE, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Community Center Auditorium. Reception after lecture in the Woman's Club Room.
Feb. 15: Boca Grande Health Clinic Physicians Lecture Series, "Care of the Weekend Warrior - Staying Active and Protecting Your Joints and Bones," by Dr. Edward McFarland, Wayne H. Lewis professor of orthopaedics and shoulder surgery, 3 p.m.. with reception following Community Center Auditorium. Limited seating. Reservations required. Call 964-0490. Meet McFarland after lecture in the Crowninshield Community House. Presented by Healthnetwork Foundation and sponsored by Northern Trust.
Feb. 18-19: Three vascular scans for $99 per person by Dr. Russell Samson of Sarasota Vascular Specialists, stroke/carotid artery ultrasound, peripheral arterial disease yest and abdominal aortic aneurysm test. Free spider vein and varicose vein consultation at Louise Crowninshield Community House, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Peggy Nesbit at (941) 371-6565 for an appointment.
April 4: The 21st annual Hank Wright Cocktail Party and Silent Auction, non-tournament participants welcome, 6 p.m. at Gasparilla Inn Beach Club. Call the Foundation office at (941) 964-0099 to purchase tickets.
April 5: The 21st annual Hank Wright Golf Tournament, 8 a.m. registration and continental breakfast, 9 a.m. shotgun start at Lemon Bay Golf Club, call the Foundation office at (941) 964-0099 to register.
April 11: Boca Grande Health Clinic annual meeting, 4 p.m., Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium.