New management for Apalachicola hospital

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Franklin County Commissioners are officially stepping down from managing an Apalachicola hospital.

According to Commission Chair Joseph Parrish, a long workshop Tuesday led to the decision to move management for Weems Memorial Hospital from the county to a company called CHC or Community Hospital Corporation.

Parrish says the company manages more than 28 hospitals across four different states and that it's better equipped than commissioners are for the job.

"They're very experienced in running a hospital and knowing how to build and code and increasing the revenues of the hospital is our number one priority so it becomes more economically sustainable and providing good service to the people of the community, which is the number one reason for having a hospital here in Franklin County," Parrish said.

Parrish tells us the county will be signing a two-year contract with the company. If all goes well, they could stay long term and even manage a new hospital that's set to be built in Franklin County in the near future.