Existing and new patients can text to set up appointments or refill prescriptions

FORT MYERS, Fla.March 29, 2022 – SalusCare is offering new and existing patients a texting service to request non-emergency appointments and medication refills. The HIPAA-compliant service will help expedite scheduling and medication refills.

Patients can text the main customer care number, 239-275-3222. Texting “appointments” or “appt” will result in a near immediate acknowledgement with a request for additional information, such as date of birth and appointment availability. Staff will then check appointment times and text the patient to set up an appointment, or provide an extension for new patients to complete paperwork necessary for an appointment. For medications, patients can text “refills” and will receive a response asking for more information.

“The patients really like it, because it’s better than being on hold,” said Alice Merrifield, SalusCare’s director of outpatient therapy and psychiatry. “They get an instant response, so that will help people get in touch with us quickly and smoothly.”

The system was tested for about a month before being rolled out to all patients. Other text services may be added later.

For information about SalusCare services, visit saluscareflorida.org or call 239-275-3222.


SalusCare is a Fort Myers-based, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse service provider incorporated in 2013 after the merger of Lee Mental Health Center and Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS) to ultimately improve care for children and adults by utilizing one seamless system of care. “Salus” means health, prosperity and safety, reflecting the focus of the organization. SalusCare has six locations with more than 350 employees throughout Southwest Florida, bringing hope and recovery to nearly 16,000 adults and children each year. All substance abuse programs and most mental health services are accredited by CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. For information, visit saluscareflorida.org or call 239-275-3222.