Florida Poison Information Center
The Florida Poison Information Center – Tampa is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians trained in toxicology. Based on years of toxicology experience and a computerized database describing over 500,000 substances, we provide advice within minutes for each question or emergency. We are certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The center provides coverage for 6 million residents in central and southwest Florida. The Poison Center is located on the campus of Tampa General Hospital and is primarily funded by grants from Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services and the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration.
Managing/Medical Director: Cynthia Lewis-Younger, MD, MPH
Associate Medical Director: Gregory G. Gaar, MC, FAAP, FACEP, FAACT Educator: JoAnn Chambers-Emerson, RN, BSN, CSPI
Contact person for presentations to health care professionals, senior citizens, garden clubs, industry professionals, etc.Program Topics Educator: Bonnie McDougle
Contact person for health fair exhibits or presentations to parents, senior citizens, teachers, camp counselors and general public.Program Topics Administrative Assistant: Rachel Matthews
We are part of a network of Florida Poison Information Centers that provide telephone advice and educational programs for three geographic areas:
- Florida Poison Information Center – Jacksonville serves northeast Florida and panhandle counties.
- Florida Poison Information Center – Miami serves Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, Lee and Monroe counties.
- Florida Poison Information Center – Tampa serves the following 16 counties in central and southwest Florida: Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Seminole.
Poison centers were established as health care providers authorized to share protected patient information with health care providers providing direct patient care in HIPAA regulations in 45CFR parts 160 and 164 as published in the Federal Register on Dec 28, 2000. In addition, the CDC has provided the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) with a grant of authority to conduct surveillance activity and function as a public health authority to which covered entities may disclose protected health information. In addition, the Florida Poison Information Centers are a State of Florida, Department of Health program performing public health functions. As such we are exempt from HIPAA privacy regulations.
- CFR45, Federal Register, Dec 28, 2000
- Letter on CDC authority to function as public health entity, Executive Director, American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)
- Letter from CDC granting authority to AAPCC to conduct surveillance and function as a public health entity
- HIPPA and FL Poison Centers: Letter from the Florida Hospital Association
- Letter from State of Florida Department of Health confirming that Poison Centers in Florida are performing public health functions under state law and are exempt from HIPAA privacy regulations. Health care providers may share information with the poison centers without written consent.
- Street: 1 Davis Blvd # 203
- City: Tampa
- State: FL
- Zipcode: 33606