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Serving The Poor

The St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy

The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic is a Florida nonprofit corporation with a current 501 (c)3 tax exempt status. The mission of VBA Clinic, under the umbrella of St. Vincent de Paul Community Health Care, Inc., is to provide no-cost episodic medical services and prescription medication to the uninsured, the under-insured, and the workling poor of Charlotte County.

Clinic History

In 1999, the formerly-named St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy of Charlotte County Inc. was founded by Dr. Thomas F. Ferrara. The pharmacy was an outgrowth of Dr. Ferrara's volunteer work with Punta Gorda's Sacred Heart Church conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, of which he was president.

Dr. Ferrara saw the nonprofit Community Pharmacy as a necessity in Charlotte County Florida. The Pharmacy opened May 17, 2000. Dr. Ferrara served for several years as the volunteer chief administrator and on the Board of Directors until his retirement in 2007.

In 2007, St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy restructured and became St. Vincent de Paul Community Health Care, Inc. (SVDP) with a satellite Pharmacy in Englewood Florida. Following the success of the Pharmacy, Dr. Mark Asperilla and Dr. David Klein, SVDP Co-Medical Directors recognized the need for a free medical clinic in Charlotte County, due to the increased number of Charlotte residents without medical care and lack of insurance. After months of planning, Drs. Klein and Asperilla implemented a plan to open a free medical clinic in order to care specifically for the uninsured, under-insured and working poor in Charlotte County, with the objective of not only providing life-giving care, but also empowering patients to actively engage in disease prevention, health education, and treatment plans. In addition... (continued at the VBA Clinic website)

For more information about the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, call (941) 766-9570.
It is located at 21450 Gibralter Drive Port Charlotte, 33952