Senior Friendship Centers is a pioneer nationally in the delivery of health care to adults age 55 and older in Sarasota County, (50+ in Lee and Collier Counties,) who have limited incomes or are uninsured. Our clinics are staffed by retired and volunteer physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and health professionals who enjoy practicing for the sheer love of medicine.
The Centers for Healthy Aging serve 4,000 patients annually at all locations, including close to 18,000 visits annually.
There is a healthy spirit of volunteerism at the Centers for Healthy Aging. In Sarasota, Collier and Lee Counties, more than 72 retired physicians, representing 15 specialties, volunteer in our clinics, enjoying more time with patients than traditional practice permits and the professional stimulation of ongoing educational programs. More than 34 dentists, 8 dental hygienists 3 pharmacists, 25 nurses and 15 clinic aides also experience the joy of volunteering at our clinics.
Students contemplating a career in healthcare are welcome in this collaborative training ground and benefit immeasurably form the wisdom of medical experts.
As the demand for health care continues to grow, we are in growing need of medical volunteers to staff the clinics. Our physicians operate under a limited licensure agreement with the State of Florida, in cooperation with the Sarasota County Public Health Unit. Volunteer physicians enjoy the opportunity to practice for the sheer love of medicine, spending more time with patients than in a traditional practice, and collaborating with their colleagues in an atmosphere that is stimulating and conducive to continued growth in their fields. The opportunity to mentor students and to enjoy continuing education programs is an added attraction for volunteer physicians and medical professionals seeking meaningful ways to give back to the community.
The Centers for Healthy Aging provide quality care for individuals 55+ in Sarasota County, 50+ in Lee and Collier Counties, who are uninsured or in financial need. Most sites accept Medicare. Patient fees are on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Due to increasing demand, waiting lists may apply. Over the past two years, some patients experienced waits of up to three months or more for an appointment. In order to be considered for dental care patients must first be patients at the medical clinic.
To learn if you qualify for care and to schedule an appointment, contact clinics listed below:
Friendship Health Clinic Collier
2171 Pine Ridge Rd. Ste. F
Naples, FL 34109
Medical & Dental Clinic: 239.566.7425
Mon. - Thurs.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hatton Rogers Retirement Community
4250 Hatton Rogers Lane
North Fort Myers, FL 33903
Mon. -Thurs.: 9 - 1 p.m.
Rubin Center for Healthy Aging
1900 Brother Geenen Way
Sarasota, FL 34236
Medical Clinic: 941.556.3220
Dental Clinic: 941.556.3232
Medical & Dental Fax: 941.955.8214
Mon. -Thurs.: 8 - 4 p.m.
Pat Buster Health Clinic
2350 Scenic Drive
Venice, FL 34293
Medical & Dental Clinic: 941.584.0041
Medical & Dental Fax: 941.496.8627
Mon., Tues., Thurs.: 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.