County facing budget shortfall of over $500,000

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM.

Lindeman said she was facing a $500,000 shortfall in her budget for primary care services and had reached out to those commissioners who allowed her the time to explain the problems the Wewahitchka facility was facing.

The shortfall in primary care services from the state was compounded by the lack of full-time physician in Wewahitchka the past two years and the subsequent drop in fees.

She said the mission has always been to maintain services and by partnering with Sacred Heart on the Gulf, the clinic would provide expanded services in Wewahitchka.

“Health services do not change,” Lindeman said. “Sacred Heart will provide primary care services.”

The Health Department will close on June 28, though community health programs will continue at the site. The transition in primary care services would be cutting four jobs, she said.

Hall said the transition to the Sacred Heart team would take about two weeks – Sacred Heart would re-open the Wewahitchka clinic in mid-July.

Hall also highlighted that while the half-cent sales tax will bring in roughly $700,000 to Sacred Heart for indigent care, the hospital in Gulf County was on track to provide nearly $5 million in such care.

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