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May 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 11

Healthcare Network Earns GuideStar's Highest Seal of Transparency

May 3, 2021 – Healthcare Network, the only Federally Qualified Health Center in Collier County, has earned the 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of nonprofit information and serves as an online charity profile platform. Philanthropists, donors and foundations who support charitable organizations rely upon the GuideStar rating as a verified indicator of the strength, proficiency and effectiveness of nonprofits.
Reaching Platinum status demonstrates Healthcare Network’s commitment to transparency and openness to providing donors and supporters meaningful data to evaluate its work in fulfilling its mission of providing quality healthcare accessible to all. To achieve the Platinum level, Healthcare Network provided extensive information including organizational and contact information, in-depth financial data, qualitative insights about goals, strategies and capabilities as well as quantitative metrics about results and progress towards its mission. 
By sharing metrics that highlight Healthcare Network’s work, the health center is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation to provide a complete understanding of its impact on communities and underserved populations throughout Collier County.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Healthcare Network’s impact has included administering nearly 15,000 free COVID-19 tests, creating a program to provide 500 free mental health counseling sessions to essential workers and their families and deploying a multi-lingual COVID-19 Response Team to dispel misinformation and address barriers to care. As of April 21, 2021, Healthcare Network has administered over 8,000 COVID-19 vaccines. 
“In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, we are thrilled to be recognized with the Platinum Seal of Transparency,” said Dr. Emily Ptaszek, president and CEO of Healthcare Network. “As a medical and dental home, we are a safety net for people who are underinsured or uninsured and we are excited to be able to share how we’ve addressed health disparities in Collier County for over 44 years.”
Visit Healthcare Network’s profile at or visit to learn more.
About Healthcare Network
Healthcare Network is committed to ensuring quality healthcare is accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of income or insurance status. Founded in 1977 to serve migrant farmworkers and their families in Immokalee, Healthcare Network now provides care to approximately 50,000 patients annually in practices throughout Collier County including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® and the Health and Smiles Mobile units. Healthcare Network provides primary healthcare services including family care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, senior care, and pharmacy as well as dental care and integrated behavioral health for both adults and children. The organization’s newest location, the Nichols Community Health Center, is a 51,000-square-foot primary care medical center in Golden Gate. For more information, visit, or to schedule an appointment, please call  239-658-3000.
About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles
The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 8 million people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar data. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.
About Candid 
Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Candid’s data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world. Find out more at and on Twitter @CandidDotOrg.
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