October 15, 2013

Health Department No Longer Offers Primary Care Medical Services or Dental Services

The health department will continue offering valuable services to our community

The Loveland Boulevard location in Port Charlotte will continue to be home to Vital Statistics (birth and death records), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Public Health Preparedness, Disease Control and Prevention, Family Planning, School Health, Health Promotion, and Immunizations.

Environmental Health services will remain at the county building on Murdock Circle. WIC services will continue to be offered in Port Charlotte and in Englewood on San Casa Blvd.

The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County will continue to pursue its mission to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. It will focus on core public health functions such as community health promotion and disease control and prevention.

Primary care and dental services are no longer be offered at The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County

August 27, 2013: The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County no longer offers primary care medical services. The Englewood clinic closed August 31, 2013.

There are affordable primary care healthcare providers in Charlotte County and south Sarasota County

Patients are free to choose an alternate provider for their primary care. If they have insurance, including Medicaid, they should call their insurance agent for a list of providers. Most pediatricians in Charlotte County accept Medicaid. The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County does not endorse any agency. The following primary care providers who take patients without insurance include, but are not limited to:

Family Health Centers of SW Florida
4300 Kings Highway, Suite 500
Port Charlotte, FL 33980

866-355-2348 - Primary Care
239-344-2306 - Primary Care
239-344-2337 - Dental

Services provided at the
Kings Highway location:

  • Family Practice
  • Dental Services
  • Adult and Children's Immunizations
    (for FHC patients only)
  • Disease Management
  • Medical Social Services
  • Laboratory and X-rays


North Port Health Center
6950 Outreach Way
North Port, FL 34287

941-861-3820 - Primary Care
941-861-3888 - Dental Clinic

The Department of Health in Sarasota and the North Port Health Center work to make sure its services are available to as many people as possible. The cost of a service depends on your ability to pay. Some services are always free; others require you to pay if you have the ability. Your ability to pay is determined by the Eligibility office.

Services provided at the
Outreach Way location:

  • Adult Health and Children's Health
  • Dental Services
  • Adult and Children's Immunizations
    (not necessary to be a NPHC patient)
  • Disease Management
  • Women's Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Healthy Start
  • Laboratory
  • Overseas Travel Vaccines

Epiphany Health
They offer primary care services for adults and children ages 5 and older. They accept patients without insurance and offer monthly billing.

Lee Gross, MD
2975 Bobcat Village Center Road, Suite 100
North Port, FL 34288
Steven Shell, D.O., M.B.A.
21300 Gertrude Avenue, Suite 1
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Patients will need to request their medical records be sent to a new doctor

Patients can have their medical record sent from the health department to a new doctor by filling out a Medical Release Form. Patients’ new doctors can also fax the health department an authorization to release their medical record.

Information for Englewood patients and residents

The Englewood clinic closed August 31, 2013.

Why is the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County changing services?

Many factors, but simply put, the Health Department is refocusing on population health. The Health Department is receiving reduced financial support. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), such as Family Health Centers and North Port Health Center, are able to provide medical and dental services, along with avoiding duplication of primary care services in Charlotte County. While FQHC’s provide quality, affordable healthcare to people on Medicaid, uninsured or insured, health departments are able to focus on population health and core public health functions.



Essential Public Health Services

Monitor Health Status
Diagnose and Investigate
Inform, Educate, and Empower
Mobilize Community Partnerships
Develop Policies and Plans
Enforce Laws and Regulations
Link People to Services/Assure Care
Assure a Competent Workforce
Evaluate Health Services

Public Health touches every aspect of our daily lives.

By definition, public health aims to provide the maximum benefit for the largest number of people. It is what we do collectively to assure conditions in which people can be healthy. Public Health is a well-established science that has been in practice for hundreds of years. It is based upon the social, behavioral, environmental, and socioeconomic factors that impact population-wide health. The overarching goal of public health is to protect and improve the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Through research, surveillance, and data analysis, we develop programs and policies that protect the health of the entire community.


For information after business hours please call 941-624-7200.

Department of Health Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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