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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

Weems Memorial Receives National Recognition for Its Telehealth Program

George E. Weems Memorial Hospital is one of three rural hospitals in the U.S. to receive national recognition recently for its innovative approach to providing telehealth services to the community.The National Rural Health Resource Center notified Weems in mid July of the Collaboration Through Telehealth award which recognizes the Weems telemedicine program that consists of coordinating with the Franklin County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH) to install the necessary telehealth equipment in county ambulances and in the Weems Clinics to provide remote patient access directly with Weems and TMH emergency physicians.Weems CEO David Walker said the Weems, TMH and Franklin County EMS collaboration is a great medical solution for rural Franklin County and said he is grateful for the support and recognition by the federal and state rural health leaders. “The recognition means a lot to Weems because we are striving to connect the dots using telemedicine to bring excellence in health care to the people who need it the most,” said Weems CEO David Walker. Walker said Weems has plans to expand telehealth services to include telehealth 911 services and additional telemedicine services throughout the local healthcare system.

Blood Drive July 8

There will be Blood Drive at Weems Memorial on July 8 from 11 am until 4 pm. All donors will receive a 4th of July T-shirt and a $20 eGift Card. Donors will receive a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening.

Rabies Alert

May 5, 2021. Franklin, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Franklin County has issued a rabies alert for Franklin County in response to a fox that tested positive on May 5, 2021. The fox attacked an individual working outside at a residence on Bluff Rd in Apalachicola. The health department is also investigating another fox attack that occurred today involving an individual and her dog on Woodill Rd in Carrabelle. While those test results are still pending, we are asking all residents and visitors to please take extra caution while outdoors and be aware of your surroundings at all times. All persons involved in the investigation are receiving appropriate medical treatment.
All residents and visitors of Franklin County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Franklin County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert. The recent rabies alert is for 60 days.