September 19
, 2017
CONTACT: Erin VanSickle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida thanked Sunshine Health for its generous donation to the Florida Disaster Fund, which was activated by Governor Scott to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund, administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities in times of disaster.

Governor Scott said, “I want to thank Sunshine Health for its support of Florida families as we work to recover from Hurricane Irma.  This contribution to the Florida Disaster Fund will directly help those impacted by Hurricane Irma across the state.”

“Some of our communities will be working through this recovery process for an extended period of time,” said Chris Paterson, CEO, Sunshine Health. “The Florida Disaster Fund is an important tool for Florida’s communities’ and individuals’ recovery efforts. On behalf of Sunshine Health’s 2,000 employees in Florida, we are humbled to be a part of this important work.”

Volunteer Florida CEO Vivian Myrtetus said, “Disaster relief organizations have been serving the people of Florida since before Hurricane Irma made landfall, and Sunshine Health’s generosity will allow us to better support those organizations and the families they serve. We are grateful.”

About Sunshine Health

Headquartered in Sunrise, Fla., Sunshine Health is among the largest healthcare plans in Florida. Offering coordinated care and a network of support for its more than 750,000 members, Sunshine Health is transforming the health of the community, one person at a time. Sunshine Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Sunshine Health offers government-sponsored managed care through Medicaid, Long Term Care, Medicare and Florida’s Health Insurance Marketplace. Additionally, we offer a specialty Medicaid health plan for children in or adopted from Florida’s Child Welfare system and a full pay Healthy Kids plan. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SunHealthFL.

About the Florida Disaster Fund:

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.

How to Donate:

Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax deductible. Donations may be made by credit card on the secure website or by check to the below address. Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.

Volunteer Florida Foundation
Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, FL  32311

For additional questions about the Florida Disaster Fund, please contact or call (850) 414-7400.