About the Southwest Florida Healthcare Coalition

Who We Are

The mission of the Southwest Florida Healthcare Coalition is to develop healthcare emergency preparedness response and recovery capabilities through collaboration, training, and planning

The SWFHCC covers nine counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Okeechobee, and Sarasota Counties.

The SWFHCC is a program of the Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida. Click here to learn more about the Health Planning Council of SWFL. 

The coalition works to attain the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities.

                    To do this, the coalition:

  • Collaborates with stakeholders, including core members (hospitals, emergency medical services, emergency management, and the Department of Health)
  • Ensures that the community has the necessary equipment and supplies, real-time information, communication systems, and trained and educated healthcare personnel to respond in an emergency
  • Identifies hazards and risks, and prioritizes and addresses gaps through planning, training, exercising, and managing resources
  • Plans and collaborates with the stakeholders to share and analyze information, manage and share resources, and coordinate strategies to deliver medical care to all populations during emergencies and planned events.
  • Provides training, education, and equipment to prepare healthcare workers to care for patients in an emergency.

The coalition assists with medical surge planning, training, and exercising to support the healthcare delivery system’s transition to contingency and crisis surge response and promote a timely return to conventional standards of care. 

 Also, the SWFHCC facilitates after-action reports and improvement plans (AAR/IP) to improve operations.

Become a Member

Benefits of joining the coalition:

  • Partner with community stakeholders throughout the region on community plans and exercises to prepare and meet your agency’s regulatory requirements.
  • Receive effective and timely updates and information from trusted public and private sources.
  • Collaborate and network to develop relationships to leverage resources, share best practices, and meet organizational goals.
  • Access to funding to support health and medical preparedness initiatives.

Members have the opportunity to participate in quarterly member meetings. These meetings provide the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts, learn about various initiatives the coalition is working towards, and learn about upcoming trainings and tabletops.

Members can also participate in one of our

Current Task Forces