As always, the financial situation of
The year began with an interim CEO as the hospital sought to keep its footing as it coped with unpaid bills, and rising health care costs.
By the time county budget time came around, the hospital was seeking about $1.46 million in county help for its hospital, clinic and ambulance operations, about half from sales tax proceeds and the remainder from property tax receipts.
In terms of both the main
Of Weems’ $957,000 shortfall, about $161,248 was due to losses at Weems East, which was losing about $15,000 per month, or about $180,000 annually.
By year’s end, though, the hospital had brought in Dr. Gene Charbonneau and two advanced registered nurse practitioners, Dana Whaley and Susan Hardin, and added additional hours to improve the financial picture.
The biggest news at Weems was hiring of a seasoned hospital executive from
In addition to developments at Weems, the health department established a dental clinic in Carrabelle, a major outreach funded through a combination of government and private sector funds.