UPDATE: NFCH Specialty Center dedication held

Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM.

Signature Health Care will be partnering with Northwest Florida Community Hospital this month when the company purchases Schlenker’s majority stock holdings in the company, Northwest Florida Healthcare Inc.

Signature Health Care owns Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Chipley, and is a leading provider of long-term care services in the Eastern and Southeastern United States, operating 73 communities in seven states with more than 12,000 employees, according to the company’s website.

Besides WRNC, Signature has 24 facilities in Florida, according to its website, with three of those being local — Defuniak Springs, Marianna and Graceville.

Schlenker will remain as CEO/President of NFCH for another year, then he will serve on the board of directors for three more years.

The new facility was dedicated to three Washington County Commissioners, one who currently serves on the BOCC and two who lost their seats on the commission due to their support of Schlenker’s Northwest Florida Healthcare Inc. taking over the hospital management back in 2003. All three lost their seats following the controversy, but Brock was subsequently re-elected.

James Brock, Lynn Cope and John Wall were on hand as the design of the plaque which will commemorate them was revealed.

“The citizens of Washington County will be grateful to each of these gentlemen for making an unpopular but courageous decision in 2003 concerning the direction and the future improvement of Healthcare in Washington County,” the plaque will read.

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