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Franklin County EMS Awarded EMS Provider of the Year

Franklin County’s Ambulance Service was awarded 2021 EMS Provider of the Year by the Florida Department of Health. This annual award recognizes an EMS provider that has assumed a leadership role in the Florida EMS system and community; has demonstrated outstanding initiative in public education and/or training; and has demonstrated excellence in the areas of quality assurance/improvement and medical control protocol development/implementation.

The award was accepted by Richard Lewis, EMS Director for Franklin County’s Ambulance Service.


Staywell/Sunshine/Wellcare/Ambetter Health Plan Members

Your health is important to us, and we want to make you aware of a change that may affect you.  We were informed by Centene on August 27 that they decided to terminate negotiations and Weems contracts for the above health plans.

What this means for you

If you do not change plans, then you will need to seek non-emergency care through another provider after our termination dates, for Sunshine/Ambetter – 8/30/2021 and Wellcare/Staywell – 8/31/2021.   The Sunshine/Ambetter hospital services contract will terminate 11/30/2021.

Patients currently receiving services as of the termination date may qualify for “continuity of care” and your coverage would continue. Check with your plan at the number on your card.

If you want to keep receiving care from Weems Medical Centers, you will need to inquire about changing to other plans as your provider is no longer in your plan’s network. 

Plans we currently participate with include:

Capital Health Plan(877) 247-6512
Florida Blue(800) 352-2583
Humana(844) 330-7799
United Healthcare(866) 414-1959
Simply Healthcare(844) 405-4298

Medicaid patients: For more information, contact the Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Helpline and speak with a Medicaid Choice Counselor at 1-877-711-3662 (TDD 1-866-467-4970) or visit .

We regret the inconvenience this may cause patients.



The Board of County Commissioners of Franklin County seeks comments from their citizens pertaining to plans to submit certain grant applications to the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity, in pursuit of U.S. HUD funding.

Project Name:Preparing and Hardening Weems Memorial Hospital
Type of CDBG-DR project:General Infrastructure Program (GIP)
What will Grant $ be used for?To make the necessary improvements from damage caused by Hurricane Michael and to reinforce the building for future weather-related events  
Location in our Community:City of Apalachicola
Source of Funding:U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunities.
Total Cost of Project:$2,150,000
Comment must be received by:September 17, 2020
To Request a copy of the application or to submit your comments please contact:David Walker, CEO Email: Phone: (850) 653-8853 ext. 101