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Haridopolos Announces Health Care Solutions Tour

Posted almost 9 years ago by Regina Pommer

Senator Haridopolos (new Senate President) is making a tour to determine the future of Florida's health care. We need to call and get our voices heard in this import issue. (See Press release below). If you can plan to attend one of these sessions, please let us know so that we can help craft your approach to ensure we are heard as professionals as well as active participants in the health care reform. Most of all let's have a voice in Florida's Health Care. We need Advanced Practice Nurses represented at all meetings state wide.


PRESS RELEASE: Haridopolos Announces Health Care Solutions Tour Jul 28, 2010


Haridopolos Hits the Road to Gather Information on Patient-Centered Health Care Reforms

Merritt Island, Fla. – Incoming Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos today announced the details of a Health Care Solutions Tour, which will visit a wide range of health care facilities and host roundtable discussions throughout Florida next week. Haridopolos will headline the tour and will be joined by other legislators from across the state. The tour will allow lawmakers the opportunity to listen to Floridians know the state’s health care system best and will focus on patient-centered solutions to Florida’s Medicaid crisis.

“This year, we have held 17 committee meetings with over 40 hours of testimony in the Senate discussing Medicaid, a mandated program which already takes up nearly 30 percent of our state budget,” said Haridopolos. “Now, on the road we can listen to those who could not make it to Tallahassee and hear directly from them what we can do to implement health care solutions.”

“Through all of our committee testimony, it became very clear that ObamaCare, which will force an additional 1.4 million Floridians into our Medicaid system, is not a workable or affordable solution,” said Haridopolos. “But, we are not content to just be against something. We are committed to listening to Floridians and finding real solutions that put patients first.”

“These solutions need to be focused on making our health care system and its funding patient-centered, not government-centered. Any reforms need to improve access to quality care for Floridians,” added Haridopolos. “And that is exactly what we hope to accomplish at the conclusion of this tour.”

Details of the Health Care Solutions Tour and accompanying media availabilities are below.

All facility tours and roundtable discussions are OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED MEDIA.

Please note that some locations and times are subject to change.


Day 1 - Wednesday, August 4, 2010

  • Borinquen Health Care Center
  • 9:30 – 10 a.m. EST – Site Tour
  • 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. EST – Roundtable Discussion
  • 3601 Federal Highway
  • Miami, FL 33137
  • Site information: Federally Qualified Health Center in downtown Miami
  • Media availability with Sen. Haridopolos and other legislators immediately following roundtable at 10:45 a.m. EST


Hendry County Health Department

  • 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. EST – Site Tour
  • 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. EST – Roundtable Discussion
  • 1100 S. Olympic
  • Clewiston, FL 33440
  • Site information: Department of Health facility in Clewiston
  • Media availability with Sen. Haridopolos and other legislators immediately following roundtable at 2:45 p.m. EST


Day 2 - Thursday, August 5, 2010

  • Orlando PCAN Clinic
  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. EST – Site Tour
  • 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. EST – Roundtable Discussion
  • 101 S Westmoreland Dr
  • Orlando, FL 32805
  • Site information: Primary Care Access Network Clinic near downtown Orlando
  • Media availability with Sen. Haridopolos and other legislators immediately following roundtable at 10:15 a.m. EST


Amerigroup Tampa

  • 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. EST – Site Tour
  • 4200 W Cypress St
  • 10th Floor
  • Tampa, FL 33607
  • Site information: Managed care facility with a wide range of Florida patients


Brandon Regional Hospital

  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EST – Site Tour
  • 119 Oakfield Dr
  • Brandon, FL 33511
  • Site information: For-profit hospital in Brandon


USF College of Medicine

  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST – Roundtable Discussion
  • 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd
  • Children’s Medical Service Building, 3rd Floor
  • Tampa, FL 33612
  • Site information: Roundtable discussion at USF College of Medicine will bring together leaders from Tampa’s health care community
  • Media availability with Sen. Haridopolos and other legislators immediately following roundtable at 5:00 p.m. EST


Day 3 - Friday, August 6th, 2010

  • Shands Hospital at University of Florida
  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. EST – Site Tour
  • 1600 SW Archer Rd
  • Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Site information: Florida’s largest safety-net hospital
  • Media availability with Sen. Haridopolos and other legislators immediately following roundtable at 10:00 a.m. EST


Florida State University Medical School

  • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST – Site Tour
  • 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. EST – Roundtable Discussion
  • 1115 W Call St
  • Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Site information: FSU College of Medicine in Tallahassee, concentrates on educating future primary care physicians


Health Care Solutions Tour, Conclusion Press Conference

  • 2:45 p.m. EST
  • Hosted by Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos
  • Other participants TBA
  • Florida Press Center
  • 336 E College Ave
  • Tallahassee, FL 32301