CAN Community Health grows with new building


SARASOTA – An iconic building many of us pass every day stands ready to accommodate one of the fastest-growing, non-profit organizations on the Suncoast.

Richard E. Carlisle, the CEO of CAN Community Health, started searching for land for the new facility last summer and knew he had to move quickly.

“We’ve added so many employees, 80 employees in the last year,” Carlisle says.

He was looking at the land but his realtor had other ideas.

“It hit me, just one day that, you know what? He’s right, I need to really start thinking about a building already developed.”

Carlisle was drawn by the clean, simple design of the building.

“I like the raw concrete, the polished concrete, the steel, I like glass.”

Carlisle’s wife brought a special program to CAN, which further inspired him.

“So we’re gonna create a zen room and in that room, we’re gonna have the ability to have yoga classes, breathing classes, meditation, the sky’s kinda the limit.”


Carlisle says people are surprised by CAN’s growth, with more than 200 employees. He estimates another 70 or 80 will come on board within the next year.

“This building will consolidate all of CAN’s support services… all the accounting, care connection team, administrative functions, outreach, you name it.”

A centralized corporate space to fuel can’s more than 30 clinics, which help clients seeking hope.

“It just speaks to really what we do and the level of crisis that we have in this country with HIV Hep C and the STD’s we serve a purpose. We’re needed.”

Carlisle’s purchase for CAN includes all the modern furniture you see inside. He expects to transition to the new space at 4440 Fruitville Road within the next year.


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