Hi Beth. I live in Port Charlotte. All three of our hospitals are for profits. Fawcett is an HCA. Peace River (old St Joe's) and Charlotte Regional are owned by a group of physicians down in Naples. I have been a patient in the first two since the change in ownership. And worked for both a long time ago. Hourly pay runs from $22-$28 per hour. Peace River ER is new-less then 3 years-has a newest equipment but not computer charting on the floors yet. Fawcett's ER is more then 25 years old. The rest of the facility has been renovated. And they do have bedside computer nursing notes. Peace River uses Nxylesis(?) for dis pending its medications. Peace River has at the most, 8 to 10 patients. And they work 12 hour shifts. Fawcett has 7-10 patients and also works twelve hour shifts. Both pay slightly more for specialty areas. Fawcett has a stroke center. Peace River and expanded same day surgery. All three got hit, in August 03, by Charlie. Peace River and Fawcett lost their roofs and suffered water damage. Charlotte Regional evacuated its entire facility and suffer some roof and water damage.
The cost of a three bedroom, two bath, two car garage begins at about $132,000 depending on where you wish to but. The housing market has slowed down and cost are dropping. In the North End of town, along SR 776 there is a big development of shops, condos and homes going to be developed. We have the Town Center Mall, with Penney's, Macy's, Dillard's. We have a number of small local restaurants plus Red Lobsters, Olive Garden, Chili's, Applebees, TGIFridays. And of course our own Super Wal-Mart. And we have Fisherman's Village which managed to survive Charlie. If you have children the best grade school is Liberty Elementary, Murdock Middle and Port Charlotte H.S. We have three catholic parish's, several Baptist, several other protestant church and the nearest Jewish temple is in Sarasota. And we have a Muslim congeration,
If you have any other questions feel free to e-mail me.