The Campbellton-Graceville community is in danger of losing their 25-bed hospital due to financial issues. Efforts have been underway for some time to save the hospital with the possible implementation of new programs. Last month, representatives from the offices of Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Neal Dunn, along with Malone Mayor Gene Wright and retired Judge Woody Hatcher traveled Graceville to discuss with hospital staff and administrators the problems the hospital was facing and solutions that could be implemented to alleviate the problems. All three representatives indicated there may be some solutions for the problems.
Last Friday, the staff of the hospital was advised the hospital would be filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. At this time the doors remain open pending the outcome of the filing of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
In April of 2015, the hospital was facing suspension of their license. At that time, the then Administrator H. D. Cannington had advised the TIMES, “We’ve asked the state not to suspend our license but to put it on inactive status. We will regroup and after a while see if Campbellton-Graceville can be reopened in some way.”
Days later a press release was issued that stated: “Due to immediate financial difficulties, Campbellton Graceville Hospital is making preparations to suspend all hospital services effective Monday, April 20, 2015. The hospital will continue to provide all necessary medical services in the ER, outpatient and inpatient areas up until that time. Dr. Daniel Fulmer and Ashley Wester, NP, will continue to see patients in the clinic located in front of the hospital as plans are developed to meet the medical needs of the community into the future without a hospital. The board, employees and medical staff thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your loved ones for over 50 years.” At that the hospital had 90 employees and an annual payroll of about $5.3 million. The hospital did not close but has not overcome the financial issues leading to this recent action to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Times staff has attempted to contact administration at Campbellton-Graceville Hospital but have not had a response.