PanCare of Florida, Inc. is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization based in Panama City, Florida.
We operate Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Bay, Calhoun, Holmes, Liberty, Walton and Washington counties to primarily serve people on Medicaid, Medicare, and those who are uninsured on a sliding scale. Our Community Health Centers provide primary and urgent care, as well as dental care.
Our Community Health Centers are currently in Panama City, Freeport, Chipley, Bristol, Bruce, and Blounstown, Florida.
R. Michael Hill - President
Ruth Phren - Chairman
Ron Hardy - Vice Chair
Hiep H. Le - Secretary/Treasurer
Vicki Broadway, Accountant
Judith G. Bryte, Marketing/Exceptional Student Educator
Shirley Buzzard, Retired Nurse
William Dalton, Business Owner
Rev. Jonas Douglas, Pastor & Educator
JoAntine Granda, Small Business Owner
Leon Miller, Retired College Administrator
Meg Norwood, Sacred Heart Hospital Marketing/Public Relations Specialist
Freida Thibodeau, Business Owner
Ann Tucker, Chairwoman, Muscogee Nation of Florida
Chief Executive Officer Mike Hill (left) explains to a PanCare board member Meg Norwood (far right) and her husband how a new Freeport facility will look when renovations are complete (photo by Chris Mitchell, PanCare)
We are Federal Torts Claims Act Deemed Facilities
PanCare of Florida's (a.k.a PanCareHealth's) clinical locations are Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) deemed facilities. Since its enactment in 1946, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) has been the legal mechanism for compensating people who have suffered personal injury by the negligent or wrongful action of employees of the U.S. Government. Under Section 224 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act of 1992 and 1995, employees of eligible health centers, such as Healthy Connections, Inc., may be deemed to be federal employees qualified for protection under the FTCA. With PanCare of Florida's deemed status, the center is not liable for any settlements or judgments that are made under the FTCA. The Federal government assumes responsibility for these costs. Deemed health center program grantees are immune from medical malpractice lawsuits resulting from the performance of medical, surgical, dental, or related functions within the approved scope of project. Deemed health centers such as PanCare of Florida must go through a rigorous application process annually to remain in this status. This process ensures the center is credentialing quality providers while maintaining high quality measures allowing for affordable superior care for its patients.