John’s Island Foundation Grant Helps Whole Family Health Center Solve Patient Transportation Challenge

Megan Morris | 31 Jul, 2019

Whole Family Health staff Allison Zukowski, left, Carly Pye, Marie Andress, Sara Dingwall and Laura Graze with the 2019 seven-passenger Dodge Caravan bought with a $25,000 grant from the John’s Island Foundation.

When Whole Family Health Center, a nonprofit provider of health-care services with offices in Vero Beach and Fort Pierce, was awarded a grant from the John’s Island Foundation for the purchase of a new van to transport patients to its facilities, it sparked support from other members of the John’s Island community.

“We are beyond thankful and honored for the generosity of the John’s Island Foundation,” said Whole Family Health Center CEO Marie Andress. “One of the greatest obstacles to care for our patients is transportation to their medical and diagnostic appointments. Having the ability to provide transportation to our underserved patients will allow us to better serve our clients and ensure they receive the medical care they need.”

The John’s Island Foundation provides capital funding to organizations that are primarily directed toward supporting basic human needs including assistance with disabilities and health issues. Whole Family Health had a van that was in need of replacement and the $25,000 grant allowed for the purchase of a new van to assist with safe non-emergency transport.

Dr. Ronald Goodman, left, Dr. Peggy Schneider, Dr. Joshua Fowler and Dr. Carmen Rosado have joined Whole Family Health Center as the nonprofit organization expands healthcare services in Fort Pierce and Vero Beach.

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The assistance did not end there.

Ron Rosner, a resident of the John’s Island community and owner of Rosner Motorsports, volunteered to shop, locate and facilitate the purchase and delivery of a 2019 seven-passenger Dodge Caravan for transport to the centers.

The new, more reliable vehicle will enable the center to transport upward of 120 to 140 patients a month to and from their centers to receive medical care.

“Our mission is to provide high quality and accessible health care services to adults and children regardless of their ability to pay,” said Andress. “The addition of this van to our centers allows for even more accessible health care, which will allow us to serve even more people in our community.”

For appointments and more information about free transportation services, call Whole Family Health Center at 772-468-9900 in Fort Pierce and 772-257-5785 in Vero Beach, and visit the website at The offices are at 725 N. U.S. 1, Fort Pierce; and 981 37th Place, Vero Beach.

About Whole Family Health Center

Whole Family Health Center was established in April 2013 by a group of dedicated individuals from the Treasure Coast who decided to expand the scope of service at their existing medical facility by offering comprehensive primary care services to the community regardless of patient’s socio-economic status and ability to pay. The health center occupies two medical practices in Fort Pierce and Vero Beach. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to the delivery of compassionate healthcare to all. For appointments or to donate call Whole Family Health at 772-468-9900 in Fort Pierce and 772-257-5785 in Vero Beach, and visit the website at

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To make an appointment please call 1-877-345-WFHC (9342)

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