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Heartland Healthcare Coalition

Heartland Healthcare Coalition

The mission of the Heartland Healthcare Coalition is to develop and promote healthcare emergency preparedness and response capabilities through collaboration, communication, and teamwork in the following Florida counties: DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee.

2017- 2018

Chair – Jamie Billingsley, Highlands County

Vice Chair –  Lori Colucci, DeSoto County

Treasurer – Gail Gerntrup, Okeechobee County

Secretary – Brenda Barnes, Hendry County

Member at Large- Marisa Shivers, Glades County



  • Provide a forum for the healthcare community to interact with one another and other response agencies at a local level.
  • Coordinate and improve the delivery of healthcare services during emergency response incidents.
  • Identify local healthcare assets that may be available for a response.
  • Identify and mitigate gaps in the healthcare community’s ability to effectively respond to an incident.
  • Receive and disperse grant funding for healthcare preparedness efforts.

Information about Heartland Healthcare Coalition and upcoming meetings

Coalition ByLaws


Download Funding Request Form

All Applications are due 30 days prior to the next meeting date

Request for funding application form

Upcoming Meeting Date

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

12:30p – 3p

DeSoto County EOC