December 11, 2018
CenterPlace Health is Sarasota’s Community-Based Federally Qualified Health Center
CenterPlace Health (941) 861-2947
SARASOTA – CenterPlace Health is Sarasota’s newest name in healthcare, formerly the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County. CenterPlace Health was designated as a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center, (FQHC) by the Health Resources & Services Administration, (HRSA). August 1, 2018. Since that time CenterPlace Health and the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County have focused their efforts on a seamless transition of services for their more than 24,000 individual clients.
“Establishing a stand-alone FQHC has been an enormous undertaking,” said Linda Stone PhD., Chief Executive Officer, CenterPlace Health. “The community support we’ve received throughout this transition has been overwhelming, and has served as a catalyst to ensuring we continue to provide world class healthcare to our community.”
According to Stone; “examples of this include a generous $667,000 grant from the Barancik Foundation for start-up costs and a $120,000 grant from the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation for a new Electronic Health Record system. We also appreciate the continued support of Sarasota County Government and DOH Sarasota.”
CenterPlace Health assumed full operational responsibility for providing comprehensive quality health care, assuring healthcare access and reducing financial barriers for Sarasota County residents. CenterPlace Health continues the legacy of providing medical, dental, and behavioral health services, with these services available in the same locations, William L. Little Health and Human Services building located at 2200 Ringling Blvd., the Sam and Sally Babies and Children’s Medical Center on 17th Street in Sarasota, and the North Port Health Center located at 6950 Outreach Way.
“The transition of clinical services from DOH – Sarasota to CenterPlace Health ensures our more than 24,000 individual clients will continue to have access to affordable healthcare based in our community,” said Chuck Henry, Administrator, DOH – Sarasota, and the Director for Sarasota County Health and Human Services.
CenterPlace Health follows a Patient-Centered Medical Home model, which provides care that is respectful and responsive to individual patient preferences and needs. Patient values will guide clinical decisions because they are the center of the patient’s healthcare - “Patient Centered”. A “Medical Home” promotes better healthcare outcomes because it is a team approach providing centralized, comprehensive, coordinated primary care; it promotes partnerships between patients, their personal physicians, the clinical team, and the patient's family.
CenterPlace Health provides its services under a Sliding Fee Discount Program. This program assures that patients have access to all primary health care regardless of their ability to pay.
For more information about CenterPlace Health, please visit us on the web at www.centerplacehealth.org.