Southwest Florida Healthcare Coalition
Helpful information and links to important resources both locally and nationally.
Founded in 1927, the Florida Hospital Association is the leading voice for health care in the State of Florida. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, the Florida Hospital Association supports the mission of over 200 hospitals and health care systems to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. Led by President and CEO Mary Mayhew, the Florida Hospital Association is located in Tallahassee and is governed by a Board of Trustees and officers elected by the member institutions.
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) was established by the Florida Legislature in 1996, however public health has its roots in Florida dating back to 1888 with the creation of the Florida State Board of Health.
In 2007, the first-ever State Surgeon General was established to spearhead the efforts of DOH, thereby designating a health officer to
oversee all matters of public health. The Surgeon General’s role is to be the state’s leading advocate for wellness and disease prevention.
The State Surgeon General, who serves as the State Health Officer and is directly appointed by Florida’s Governor, and confirmed by the
Florida Senate. DOH has four deputy secretaries that oversee all of its business and programmatic operations.
Easy to use online calculator and mobile App for oxygen cylinder duration estimation. The free calculator & app is ideal for technicians, therapists, patients and caregivers to easily calculate the approximate available oxygen remaining in an oxygen cylinder, based on the patient’s device and cylinders size & contents.
Over 2.7 million Medicare beneficiaries rely on electricity-dependent durable medical and assistive equipment and devices, such as ventilators, to live independently in their homes. Severe weather and other emergencies, especially those with prolonged power outages, can be life-threatening for these individuals. The HHS emPOWER Map is updated monthly and displays the total number of at-risk electricity-dependent Medicare beneficiaries in a geographic area (i.e., state, territory, county, or ZIP Code), as well as near real-time natural hazard data.
Map users can select different geographies, as needed, to identify at-risk populations and download selected data results to inform emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation public health activities. Users can also access near real-time natural hazard data layers to anticipate and address the needs of at-risk community members in emergencies. For more information, review the job aids in the top right corner.
In Florida, there are two types of shelters – general population shelters and special needs shelters. It is important to note that not every person with a disability is eligible to evacuate to a special needs shelter. The best place to shelter for every Floridian is outside the evacuation area, in a safe and secure structure, with family and friends
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of healthcare for all Americans. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the healthcare system and help consumers, healthcare professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.
To facilitate better localized planning amongst health care partners, the State of Florida is segmented by seven regional Coalitions led under the direction of the Florida Department of Health. Several of the regions are comprised of multiple Sub-Coalitions. Each of the Coalitions are delineated by a county or member counties and aligns with member ESF-8 or comparable health and medical branch system(s).
The Coalition augments local operational readiness to meet the health and medical challenges posed by a catastrophic incident or event.
The Coalition is intended as a vehicle to coordinate and maintain current hospital preparedness levels while enhancing disaster preparedness and resiliency in other portions of the healthcare system.
The Coalition is NOT designed nor intended to be a disaster response organization. Disaster response activities are managed through existing ESF 8 structures within local jurisdictions as defined in county Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans (CEMP).
Each Coalition has a “Coordinator” who is responsible for area-wide coordination and related cooperative activities of federal, state, and local governments, which also includes a multi-agency coordinating group to assist with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. Our stakeholders include public safety agencies, emergency response personnel, government agencies, hospitals, public health, in-patient care, out-patient medical services, and even amateur radio networks.
Emerald Coast Healthcare Coalition
Big Bend Healthcare Coalition
Region 3 – Northeast Florida Regional Council
Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition (NEFLHCC)
North Central Florida Healthcare Coalition
Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness (CHAMP)
Region 4 – West Central Florida Disaster Services
Tampa Bay Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition
Collier County – Collier County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2020 census, the population was 375,752; an increase of 16.9% since the 2010 United States Census. Its county seat is East Naples, where the county offices were moved from Everglades City in 1962.
Hendry County – Hendry County is a county in the Florida Heartland region of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2020 census, the population was 39,619, down from 42,022 at the 2010 census. Its county seat is LaBelle. Hendry County comprises the Clewiston, Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Lee County – Lee County is in southwestern Florida on the Gulf Coast. As of the 2020 census, the population was 760,822. The county seat is Fort Myers, and the largest city is Cape Coral with an estimated 2020 population of 194,016. The county comprises the Cape Coral–Fort Myers, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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