Pursuant to §408.033, Florida Statutes, this local health council was established in accordance with the Health Facilities and Services Development Act as a private non profit organization serving Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.
The council serves to assist the state of Florida with planning for health facilities and services, providing a health data repository and helping counties and local communities to obtain better health care. Based on a rotating formula, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners appoints six members to the council. The appointees are representatives of health care providers, health care purchasers, and non-governmental health care consumers, but not excluding elected governmental officials. The members of the consumer group shall include a representative number of persons over 60 years of age. A majority of the council members shall consist of health care purchasers and health care consumers. Each member shall serve a two-year term effective Oct. 1 of the appointment year and ending Sept. 30 of the year the term expires.