About Us

Putting Compassion into Practice.

In 1992, former Executive Director of Escambia Community Clinics, Don Turner, joined the organization when it was a small outpatient primary care clinic. Over the next two decades, Mr. Turner began his journey to transform our community. His goal: to expand and ensure access to primary care for the uninsured, underinsured, and medically needy residents of our area. Mr. Turner was a key voice and advocate for community health, and during his tenure guided the organization from a single care site to a network of nine locations. Additionally, he was instrumental in guiding the organization to achieve designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration in 2007.  Under his leadership, Mr. Turner remained unwavering in his dedication to fulfill our mission of providing compassionate care to the most vulnerable in our community.

Today, his vision of community health remains as the foundation for our mission.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit community health center, we are committed to providing quality, comprehensive healthcare services to the medically underserved people of the Pensacola Bay Area and surrounding regions of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, Florida.

In 2017, energized and refocused on our mission to make high-quality healthcare accessible to all, we unveiled a new name and position to better capture our mission and emerged as Community Health Northwest Florida. Together, we’re envisioning a healthier way forward.


We’re Putting Healthcare Within Reach

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Honoring One Man’s Vision

Mr. Turner left a legacy that we proudly honor every day.

Through our values of respect, quality, compassion and dignity, our team of healthcare professionals are putting compassion into practice.

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Our Mission

Founded on the belief that all human beings have a basic right to healthcare, our mission is to provide a full range of health and wellness services to all who walk through our doors.

Committed to assuring access to affordable, quality healthcare for the underserved, underinsured and uninsured population, we treat each person with respect, dignity, and compassion regardless of age,  gender, race, religion, circumstances or ability to pay.

Our Vision

We envision a community where all people have equal access to quality healthcare, fostering an environment for healthier, happier and more productive citizens.

Our Values

Our values hold us together.

As a community of healthcare providers, we serve the community at large. These are the values that guide our commitment to patients.

Dignity & Respect

No matter the circumstance, we treat everyone with the utmost respect they deserve in a professional manner.


Our promise is to deliver uncompromising quality care and service to all our patients.


We are caregivers first, serving the needs of our patients in a welcoming and positive environment.


We empower people to be proactive in their care and envision their own picture of health.


Our responsibility to our community is what drives us forward.


We are committed each and every day to bring our vision of a healthy community to life.

Why Community Health Northwest Florida?

Community Health Northwest Florida is not like other community clinics.

Community Health Northwest Florida Leadership 

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Chandra Smiley, MSW
Chief Executive Officer
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Tom Anderson
Chief Operations Officer
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Jason Brewster
Chief Financial Officer
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Steven Bollen, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy
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John Carnes
Chief Information Officer
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Stephanie Durkac, RT (R) (M)
Director Clinical Applications
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Athena Durant, MAFM, B.Acc
Director of Finance
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Gabriel Hernandez, DDS
Chief Dental Officer
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Natasha Howard, MPA, RHIT
Director of Ancillary Services
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Shannan Johnson, LPN
Director of Training
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Joseph Klawitter, MD
Director of Pediatrics
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Paula Lindsey, APRN
Director of Pediatric Advanced Practice Providers
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Sena Maddison
Director of Communications
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Darrel Miller, Pharm.D.
Chief Pharmacy Officer
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Shea Morris
Director of IT Infrastructure
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Michele Nelson
Director of Billing
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Catherine O'Sullivan
Director of Human Resources
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Sarah Peat, BSN, RN, LNCC
Director of Risk Management
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Deborah Newton
Director of Quality
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Andrea Nutt, LCSW, TCTSY-F
Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness
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George Smith, M.D., FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer
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Derick Richardson
Director of Dental
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Luis Real
Capital Development Officer
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Kesha Tran, FNP-BC, APRN
Director of Advanced Practice Providers - Adults

Community Health Board of Directors

We are governed by a passionate group of community members.

  • John Porter, President
  • Jules Kariher, Vice Chair
  • Justin Labrato, Treasurer
  • Brett Aldridge, Secretary
  • Freddie Cattouse, Member
  • Dorothy Foster, Member
  • Shirley Henderson, Member
  • Clara Long, Member
  • Grace McCaffery, Member
  • Ann Osiname, Member
  • Thomas Owens, Member
  • Sean Seely, Member
  • Daisy White, Member
  • Bob Wilson, Member

Community Impact