Health Council of West Central Florida


The Health Council of West Central Florida (HCWCF) is one of eleven health councils established by the Florida Statute in 1983 (F.S. 408.033). It is a private non-profit agency governed by a Board of Directors appointed by County Commissioners to represent the concerns of health care consumers, providers, and purchasers at the local level. HCWCF serves residents in Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties.

The Health Council of West Central Florida is committed to assessing the health status and resources of area residents and assisting communities with solutions to meet emerging needs.

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Manatee County Representative Eligibility

Manatee County appoints two members to the Advisory Board for two year terms. Currently the County Commission has appointed:

  • Health Care Consumer over the age of 60
  • Health Care Provider

Note: The appointment categories may change when vacancies arise based on the needs of the Advisory Board.


The Advisory Board Application must be completed and submitted for the applicant to be considered for appointment. The application form is available for downloading on the Apply for an Advisory Board page.

For questions or additional information contact Joshua Barnett, Health Care Services Division Manager, at (941) 749-3030.


The Council meets the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 PM at the Health Council offices located at 550 N. Reo St, Tampa, FL.

Current Members

Manatee County
Lee Conrad, Consumer 60+, Term expires 9/30/2020
Dr. Eric Folkens, Provider, Term expires 9/30/2019

Hardee County
Vacant Seat, Consumer

Highlands County
Mary Kay Burns, Consumer

Hillsborough County
Patrick Heidemann, Consumer
Kim Colston, Provider (Vice Chair)
Kimberly Williams, Provider (Secretary/Treasurer)
Russell Patterson, Consumer 60+
Vacant, Purchaser

Polk County
James Wesley Nall, Consumer 60+ 
Vacant, Consumer 
Vacant Seat, Provider