About the Southwest Florida Healthcare Coalition

Coalition Members

Membership in the Southwest Florida Healthcare Coalition shall be extended to the following Essential Partner agencies, institutions, and community-wide emergency response related disciplines located within and serving one or more of the nine counties in Region 6: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Okeechobee, and Sarasota.

Core HCC members include, at a minimum, the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Emergency Medical Services [EMS] (including inter-facility and other non-EMS patient transport systems)
  • Emergency Management organizations
  • Public Health agencies

Additional HCC members may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Behavioral health services and organizations
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • Dialysis centers and regional Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-funded end- stage renal disease (ESRD) networks
  • Federal facilities (e.g., U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, Indian Health Service facilities, military treatment facilities)
  • Home health agencies (including home and community-based services)
  • Hospice and end of life care facilities.
  • Infrastructure companies (e.g., utility and communication companies)
  • Jurisdictional partners, including cities, counties, and tribes.
  • Local chapters of health care 
    professional organizations  (e.g., medical society, professional society, hospital association)
  • Local public safety agencies (e.g., law enforcement and fire services)
  • Medical and device manufacturers and distributors
  • Non-governmental organizations (e.g., American Red Cross, voluntary organizations active in disasters, amateur radio operators, etc.)
  • Outpatient health care delivery (e.g., ambulatory care, clinics, community and tribal health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), urgent care centers, freestanding emergency rooms, stand-alone surgery centers)
  • Primary care providers, including pediatric and women’s health care providers.
  • Schools and universities, including academic medical centers.
  • Skilled nursing, nursing, and long-term care facilities
  • Support service providers |(e.g., clinical laboratories, pharmacies, 
    radiology, blood banks, poison control centers)
  • Other (e.g., childcare services, dental clinics, social work services, faith-based organizations)

Membership Compensation

All Members are volunteers, and no Member shall be compensated for their appointment or participation as a Member. Members may be reimbursed for per diem and travel expenses incurred through the conduct of Coalition business, including participation in conferences. Authorization must be obtained from the Contracted Agency in advance of incurring expenses and expenses are compensated using State of Florida travel guidelines.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Members

To be considered active members, any agency must regularly participate in the activities of the Coalition. 

  • They will give input to the Coalition leadership on the gaps and needs for their local area and community.
  • They will participate in communication tests and activities of the Coalition that are necessary to improve preparedness in the region.
  • As active members, they will have access to benefits such as trainings, exercises, and funding opportunities.

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