The Campbellton- Graceville Hospital has been vacated for some time, but that status may be closer to coming to an end. In an exclusive interview with Michael Kozar, CEO of Northwest Florida Community Hospital this week, he is hopeful that the sale will be forthcoming.
Mr. Kozar stated, “House Bill 1449 passed through the House and Senate earlier this month and is currently with the Governor for his signature. This Bill will enable the hospital district to sell the property to Northwest Florida Community Hospital (NFCH). NFCH is currently leasing the Graceville Clinic, which is staffed with John D. Byrd, MD and Michael Kennedy, ARNP who are providing healthcare services to the community.
Kozar said, “Upon completion of the sale of the hospital to Northwest Florida Community Hospital, we plan to repurpose the facility. Though we have not made a definitive decision on which program will go into this facility, we are currently evaluating (3) possibilities. 1) an inpatient geriatric psych facility which would be for elderly residents who may require psychiatric treatment; 2) a chemical dependency/ medical detox facility for patients who are facing opioid, drug or alcohol abuse. This would allow us to medically stabilize the patients and get them into a treatment plan; and 3) we are considering a program that would allow is to treat Baker Act patients. NFCH is working closely with a partner who is experienced in operating these types of medical facilities and over the next few weeks we will determine a business plan that is the best utilization of that facility for the surrounding communities. We anticipate that it will take some time to complete the licensure process, but anticipate that by the end of this year, we can have the facility repurposed and operational in providing patient care.”
Mr. Kozar concluded with a very positive outlook about the future of the former Campbellton-Graceville Hospital and the strong possibility of bringing jobs back to the Graceville community. He stated, “We continue to be excited about our options, but must wait for the Governor’s approval of the Bill to enable us to advance to the next phase in utilizing the facility.”