Bradenton man starts nonemergency transport business

nwilliams@bradenton.comFebruary 9, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Leonard Cenac saw a need for a specific service in Bradenton and Sarasota, and he is turning it into a business.

Cenac, a Bradenton resident working in a local hospital's engineering department, recognized that people without efficient modes of transportation required assistance traveling to and from medical appointments.

That inspired Cenac to start HealthStream Transport, a non-emergency transportation service. Cenac's business offers to take people to and from medical appointments and in and out of hospital or medical facilities. He also will transport people from their homes.

His business slogan: "Any day, any place, we have space for you."

Cenac will offer various options for payment, which will include Medicaid. The service will be available

Monday through Friday and on Saturdays. Preliminary rates for transportation service are $35 for one-way trips and $55 for round trips. The vehicle is equipped to support two wheelchairs and three seats.

"I saw an opportunity to put that into work, and serve people in that way," he said. "I just saw a need for that service."

The idea for the service evolved from Cenac's passion for helping others.

"I love people," Cenac said. "I love to help."

Bradenton City Council members approved an operating permit for the vehicle for hire service during a meeting Jan. 9. Bill Ackles, local business tax clerk and records management liaison officer for Bradenton City Hall, said the city performs vehicle inspections on all vehicle-for-hire applications and all applicants must undergo a stringent permit process. Cenac purchased and showed proof of insurances for the vehicle and service. "I was excited," Cenac said. "It's one step forward I'm taking in my life. If somebody is in need, I'll be happy to help."

For more information, contact 941-730-3038 or email healthstreamtransport@aol.com.

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