Health Care West Florida About Us

About Us

The Health Council of West Central Florida, Inc. (HCWCF) serves residents in Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties. Our most recent 990 Report is posted on

HCWCF is committed to assessing the health status and resources of area residents and assisting communities with solutions to meet emerging needs. To accomplish our mission we:

  • Provide comprehensive assessment, planning and advisory services to meet the health related needs of the public, non-profit and governmental agencies;
  • Provide education and public dialogue on health challenges facing our community;
  • Enhance recognition by public, non-profit and government agencies of the Health Council of West Central Florida as the preferred non-profit health consultancy for technical guidance; and

Our qualified staff members have provided technical guidance to non-profit and government agencies regarding:

  • Community planning – survey design/implementation; focus groups, key informant interviews
  • Analysis of demographic and epidemiological data
  • Strategic and Long-Range Planning Related to Community Issues
  • Program Design, Implementation and/or Evaluation
  • Community Education on Health Challenges

Please contact us at to discuss how our talented staff can meet your need.

Board of Directors: Our Board of Directors is appointed by each County Commission to represent the concerns of health care consumers, providers, and purchasers at the local level. Current members are:

Hardee County

Vacant, Consumer

Highlands County

Vacant, Consumer

Hillsborough County

Jennifer DeJesus, Consumer
Zendrie Smith, Provider
Patricia Mecalf, Provider
Russell Patterson, Consumer 60+
Vacant, Purchaser

Manatee County

Dr. Eric Folkens, Provider (Vice-Chair)

Victoria Kasdan, Purchaser (Chair)

Polk County

Vacant, Consumer
James Wesley Nall, Consumer 60+(Secretary/Treasurer)
Vacant, Provider

Board Meetings: Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday every other month at rotating locations. Meetings are open to the public. Please click here for meeting time/location.

Health Care West Florida About Us