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Panama City, FL – Facing financial woes, DeFuniak Hospital reportedly misses payroll

Panama City, FL –

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Florida (WMBB) – Employees at Healthmark Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs apparently haven’t received their final paycheck.

News 13 spoke with a medical professional currently working at Healthmark who chose to remain anonymous.

They said they hadn’t been paid for three weeks.

“No one has been paid that I know of, including employees because I asked today, since…our last payday was April 22,” our source said.

News 13 has learned that Healthmark COO Lisa Holley offered to provide a letter to employees to deliver to banks and creditors.

It indicates that Healthmark is experiencing a delay in its payroll obligations and that due to circumstances beyond its control, funding was not available to cover paychecks.

We also have an internal message to staff from Hospital Administrator Melissa Rebecca, who said everyone will be paid when funds are released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

We’ve left messages for her multiple times, asking for a statement regarding these issues, but she hasn’t returned our calls or commented.

“As far as anyone can tell it’s closed,” our source said. “There is no hospitalization, there is no emergency, there is nothing. I mean the ancillary services are there but there is no patient in the building unless it is an out patient having their labs drawn.

The emergency room closed March 18 for renovations.

Officials expected the shutdown to last two to four weeks.

It was eight weeks ago.

Despite the lack of patients, the employee we spoke to said that hospital employees were still working, even though they were not practicing medicine.

“They had the paramedics and the nurses and all the full-time pretty much anybody including dietetics, in-house modification, painting and things of that nature,” our source said. .

And apparently works without pay for now.

“I’m not sure if I’m supposed to go back to work and give them more of my time without getting paid for it, or look for another employer,” our source said.

While the emergency room is closed, Walton County EMS has taken emergency patients to other nearby hospitals, primarily Ascencion Sacred Heart Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach or North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview.

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