Shauna Norris

We Care Manatee Adds Vasectomy Procedures
New Program Under Direction of Board-Certified Urologist Dr. Charles Polis

Sarasota, Florida – October 15, 2014 – We Care Manatee – a non-profit organization committed to addressing the healthcare needs of low-income, uninsured residents – is pleased to announce the addition of a free vasectomy program to its provided services for Manatee County residents. The vasectomy program will run under the direction of board-certified urologist Dr. Charles Polis. “We are thrilled to provide this important family service for the people of Manatee County at the hands of one of our area’s most experienced physicians,” said Jill Gass, Executive Director of We Care Manatee.

Funding for the vasectomy program is provided in part by the Arthur T. Esslinger Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and with the recent increased support of primarily private donors. Through the volunteered participation, equipment and staff of Dr. Polis, We Care Manatee will begin offering free vasectomies later this year for qualified patients. All vasectomy procedures will be performed at We Care Manatee’s clinic located at 300 Riverside Drive East, Suite 2000 in Bradenton. Patient care for vasectomies includes a consultation with Dr. Polis, the vasectomy procedure, and the necessary follow-up visits. Local medical students will be on-hand to assist Dr. Polis with surgeries and help coordinate any required post-operative visits. “I suspect there are a lot of individuals that would like to have a vasectomy but haven’t been able to receive one due to a lack of insurance and/or financial means to pay,” states Dr. Polis.

We Care Manatee works with more than 100 Manatee County physicians, who donate their time and services to provide much-needed medical treatment for local residents. Through their efforts, the programs offered by the non-profit include Free Primary Care, Pharmaceutical Assistance, Specialty Physician Referrals, Breast Health & Wellness, and newly added Vasectomy Procedures. “We Care Manatee provides a unique service that takes care of patients who otherwise would have no other options,” said Chad Campbell, Co-Chairman of the Board at We Care Manatee. “We are proud to be able to meet their needs through the support of our private donations and our growing network of physicians.”

For more information on We Care Manatee, please visit or call 941-755-3952.

About We Care Manatee
We Care Manatee was founded by the Manatee Medical Society in 1999 to address the increasing need of uninsured residents to be seen and treated by a medical specialist. Since then, We Care Manatee physicians have provided over $6 million in donated care to patients who would otherwise go without. For information, contact

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