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Community Health Centers of Sarasota County

Community Health Center of Sarasota, Inc.

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Community Health Centers of Sarasota County, Inc. (CHCSC) is a private/public partnership that provides caring and culturally competent health care for residents of Sarasota County regardless of their financial status. In 2012, all of the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's primary health care services became part of CHCSC including the Sam and Sally Shapiro Babies & Children’s Medical Center, the William L. Little Health and Human Service Center  and the North Port Health Center. Services include Adult Health, Women's Health, Children's Health, Dental Care, Pharmacy, Laboratory and Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Counseling.


Federally Qualified Health Center

The CHCSC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) administered by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. No one is refused health care. However, everyone must pay their fair share based on income and family size. Proof of Sarasota County residency is required for certain facilities that handle referrals from primary care providers.

FQHCs are public and private non-profit health care organizations that comply with federal requirements to:

  • Serve a medically underserved population
  • Provide appropriate and necessary services with fees adjusted on a patient's ability to pay
  • Demonstrate sound clinical and financial management
  • Be governed by a board, a majority of which include health center patients

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Health Insurance Marketplace Certified Application Counselors

CHCSC received funding from HRSA (the US Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration) to employ a team of Certified Application Counselors through the FQHC. These Counselors are specially trained to educate the public both in CHCSC locations and in the community about the new Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange) created as part of the Affordable Care Act.