Sacred Heart to provide medical services in Wewa

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM.

The Gulf County Health Department, like so many other government agencies, is filling the financial pinch.

As a result the Health Department announced last week that it would transition its primary care health services at its Wewahitchka facility to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf.

Initial plans have been made for Sacred Heart Medical Group to operate a new rural health clinic, including primary care services, lab services and radiology services, from the Health Department facility on State 22 in Wewahitchka.

“My goal is that this is as seamless a transition as possible,” said Health Department administrator Marsha Lindeman.

The action comes as a result of several factors, Lindeman said.

Over the past five years the Florida Department of Health has seen funding for primary care services shrink. For the Gulf County Health Department that has meant the loss of nearly $500,000. Lindeman noted it is a funding issue across the state.

In addition, the Health Department lost its physician at the Wewahitchka Medical Clinic and has been unable to find a replacement for two years.

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