State Blocks St. Joe Hospital Reopening

It’s back to the drawing board for health care officials in Gulf County who are hoping to reopen the Gulf Pines Hospital.

Florida’s Agency for HealthCare Administration denied a request to reopen the hospital in Port St. Joe.

The state shut down the financially troubled facility early this month, calling it “a danger to public health.”

A circuit judge then turned control of the hospital over to former administrator Liz Register, who has been trying to bring the hospital back into compliance with the state.

State health officials say Ms. Register failed to prove the hospital could run efficiently if allowed to reopen.

“I can understand their hesitation and concerns. It’s just sad it wasn’t able to go forward or slow down and correct some things.”

Register can appeal the state’s decision. She is working closely with the hospital’s financial backers to devise their next move.