Florida Health Care Plans (FHCP) has become a force in providing quality health insurance plans coupled with exceptional integrated medical services along Florida’s east coast, from Palm Bay to St. Augustine.
Launched more than 46 years ago in Volusia county, FHCP has expanded services into Flagler, St. Johns, Seminole and Brevard counties. FHCP is the oldest federally qualified HMO in Florida and the second oldest in continuous existence in the US. The organization has become well regarded for customer satisfaction among their members, who have consistently ranked them as a Best Health Insurance Company in numerous community circles, including the Florida Today Best of Brevard online voting campaign for four consecutive years.
Evidence of their expanding presence on the Space Coast can be seen at their new location on Babcock Street in Palm Bay, slated to open at the end of the year.
The facility is unique because it houses a myriad of services under one roof.
The facility will include primary care, specialty services, lab, pharmacy, infusion, ultrasound, radiology and a sales and service center. In the spacious facility, the pharmacy alone is large enough to allow eight to 10 professionals to work simultaneously, and the nurses station accommodates six to seven nurses.
The project was different for both FHCP and their general contracting partner, W+J Construction of Melbourne because the buildout took place during a pandemic; site safety protocols had to be adjusted to keep everyone healthy.
“Unlike many other projects we worked on during the pandemic, this particular one was more fortunate in that we didn’t experience any material delays or staff shortages. In fact, due to the team’s strong coordination and advanced planning, we were able to not only complete this project on time, but a month ahead of the original schedule.” Erik Costin, W+J’s vice president said.
COMMUNITY COMMITMENT & ENGAGEMENT
In something very characteristic of both FHCP’s and W+J’s commitment to community engagement, the two companies met in a rather uncharacteristic way for clients and contractors.
Representatives from both companies happened to be seated together at a Brevard Achievement Center awards breakfast. During the course of their conversations, FHCP indicated they had plans for further expansion into Brevard. W+J followed up with FHCP after the event and provided a preliminary cost estimate for their plans to build out an existing facility they had purchased in Palm Bay.
Not long after that chance meeting, FHCP’s planning and development team expressed an interest and the conversation turned into a site visit and a meeting at W+J’s office.
Soon after, the Palm Bay project was initiated. According to Costin, “Working with FHCP was an excellent experience. The communication and decision making between FHCP and W+J was proactive, always on time and always looking for the best interest of our project.”
Looking out for the welfare of the community is an important consideration for FHCP and central to their commitment of holistic health.
“We take an active role in all the Brevard chambers of commerce, and [are active] in many other organizations, agencies and programs that are working to make a difference in the community we serve,” said Joe Rowlette, wellness & communications coordinator for Florida Health Care Plans.
Rowlette was born and raised in Brevard County, and he said he understands how important it is to be involved and give back to your community.
FHCP’s goal is to keep their members as healthy as possible. Members are encouraged to visit primary care physicians not only when they are sick, but also for annual health assessments and preventative care. Members also are encouraged to participate in the many wellness programs offered by FHCP, such as the Preferred Fitness Program offered to members free of charge with unlimited access to over 80 gyms and fitness centers and select YMCA’s.
Summing it up, Schandel said, “At Florida Health Care Plans, we believe that it is our responsibility to positively impact the overall health and wellness of our members and we committed ourselves to create a health care system to do just that. When this facility opens in December, it will be offering a number of health and wellness services for a convenient one-stop experience.”