Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Bonifay, Florida supports a half-cent sales tax increase on the ballot to continue to provide first-class medical service

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Bonifay, Fla. (WDHN)—As a small, rural, public facility, Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Bonifay does “not” turn anyone away whether they can pay or not.

In order to compensate and create greater services amid the Coronavirus pandemic,
Holmes County voters’ in next month’s general election
will be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax increase “earmarked” for that medical facility.

As a pubic hospital, Doctor’s Memorial in Bonifay has an uncollectible debt” which has reached 3-point-6 million dollars.

In addition, the 20-bed facility is looking to add an ICU, which administrators say is essential in treating
Covid-19 patients.

Doctors Memorial Hospital Administrator Dr.Huy Nguyen says
“any surge during this winter which I think will be tough between the flu and the Covid pandemic, we’re taking steps to be ready as we can be for
the Covid pandemic so critically ill patients can be cared for here.”

For residents in the Central Panhandle, the hospital “cuts down” drive time from having to usually travel
to either Panama City or Dothan. For one Bonifay resident, she can stay close to home by going to Doctor’s Memorial
for rehab from hip surgery.
“It’s a great saving in time, money my children, I can’t drive, so they have to drive me so it would be an all-day ordeal,” according
to Bonifay resident Lee Rone.

Florida Correctional Officer Michael Goodson credits Doctors’ Memorial with saving his life. He contracted a dangerous strain of Coronavirus.
“Life or death situation in my own situation in my recovery from Covid. Coming here basically saved my life being this close,” according to
Goodson.

With a staff of 165 employees, the hospital contributes approximately 19 million dollars to the local economy.

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