When Temporary Health Centers Mean Continued Care—and Commitment

Sean Golder is the Regional Operations Manager for all 12 community health centers in north Florida’s PanCare Health network, but he talks about all of the patients served by his centers as if they’re his own. We met in a town called Marianna, in Jackson County, a region that was devastated by Hurricane Michael. International Medical Corps was there to provide temporary shelters, equipment and supplies to two PanCare Health centers—one in Marianna, one in Panama City—so they can continue to serve patients until their buildings are fully restored, a process that should take about six months. The centers each typically serve some 30 to 50 people per day, 80% of whom are on Medicare or Medicaid, or completely uninsured. Without the centers, they would have few, if any, alternatives for care.
Golder says that nobody expected the storm to be so severe: “Jackson County has never seen in recorded history anything like this type of devastation—ever. You effectively had a Category 4 hurricane this distance from the coastline….So, we had lots of folks who survived the storm but were displaced post-storm.”
As so often happens with local first responders during a disaster, Golder is not just providing care—he’s also personally affected, living by himself in a trailer on his property while his family stays with relatives until the storm damage that rendered their home uninhabitable is repaired.
Yet despite his own troubles, Golder’s commitment to his community—and PanCare’s patients—is clear. “We just want to make sure people get seen, people get taken

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