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Healthcare Network hires Julie Pedretti as director of COVID-19 community relations

Julie Pedretti, APR, FACHE, has joined Healthcare Network as the new COVID-19 community relations director. The position is funded by a federal grant awarded to the organization by Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Pedretti will be responsible for directing grant activities that support increased COVID-19 testing and education throughout Collier County.

Pedretti brings tremendous skill and knowledge to the role with more than 25 years of healthcare marketing, communications and administration experience.

In 2012, Pedretti relocated to Southwest Florida from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and held marketing roles with Lee Health and NCH Healthcare System. In 2017, she joined Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami as community relations director for Southwest Florida where she was responsible for creating awareness and raising funds for the pediatric hospital.

“Julie brings a breadth of experience in healthcare communications and relationship-building that will provide us with the leadership we need to expand COVID-19 testing, education and community outreach,” said Dr. Emily Ptaszek president and CEO of Healthcare Network. “To ensure the health and safety of our community during the pandemic, we must be diligent in planning for and executing ongoing targeted testing and education programs.”

Pedretti has been an active member of the community since her move to Naples eight years ago. She is president of the Press Club of Southwest Florida (formerly the Naples Press Club), a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of Rotary Club of Naples, and immediate past president of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Pedretti is Accredited in Public Relations and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a master’s degree in urban affairs and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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 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 50,000-square-foot primary care medical center in Golden Gate. For more information, visit www.HealthcareSWFL.org, or to schedule an appointment, please call 239-658-3000.

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