Health Council of West Central Florida, Inc.

This Council works in collaboration with community-based organizations to identify, address, and resolve health care issues of local concern. The Council collects and analyzes health care data, prepares special reports and publications, and educates the community about special health issues.


The membership of this Council shall be comprised of 12 members appointed as follows:

Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners - 5 members
Polk County - 3 members
Manatee County - 2 members
Hardee County - 1 member
Highlands County - 1 member
Composition is specified as follows for the members appointed by the BOCC:

  • 1 Consumer over the age of 60
  • 1 Consumer under the age of 60
  • 1 Purchaser
  • 2 Providers


Members shall serve two year terms.


Chapter 408.033(1), Florida Statutes


2nd Thursday, every other month, 3:30 PM
This Council meets in rotating counties of the
5-county planning district.


Teresa Kelly
Executive Director, Health Council of West Central Fl, Inc.
550 North Reo Street, Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33609


Member Position Dates of Service
Ms. Jennifer De Jesus Health Care Consumer under the age of 60 04/07/2021 - 03/31/2023
Ms. Patricia Metcalf Health Care Provider 09/22/2021 - 09/30/2023
Mr. Russell W. Patterson Health Care Consumer over the age of 60 11/06/2013 - 03/31/2023*
Ms. Zendrie Smith Health Care Provider 06/16/2021 - 06/30/2023

Health Care Purchaser