Panama City, Fla.The Florida Department of Health in Bay County and The Florida Department of Health state-wide continues to respond to the health needs of Bay County residents following Hurricane Michael. Updates are highlighted in yellow.

Available Medical Services

Florida Department of Health in Bay County

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is now offering essential services. This includes; birth and death certificates, ADAP, Women Infants and Children (WIC), and Immunizations. Immunizations services includes Hep A and Tetanus shots free of charge. Hep A is needed for persons who come in contact with flood waters. Tetanus vaccinations are needed for persons who were cut by debris after the storm. Our current hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2 pm.

DOH-Bay is operating a mobile medical clinic in Mexico Beach. Hours are 11 am – 3 pm. The location is the First Baptist Church on 389. Tetanus and Hep A vaccines are available as well as general medical care.

WIC benefits may have automatically uploaded to your account. Due to the emergency, they can be issued by phone. Call 850-252-9580 Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2 pm.

Emergency Diabetes Supplies, including insulin, are available at 597 W 11th ST from 10 am – 4 pm M – F. Please bring a box, or prescription, for your insulin, if possible, so we can provide the correct type and dose. You can call ahead to check on supplies at 850-252-9656.

DOH-Bay also has plans to partner with AmeriCares to provide primary care and pharmacy services at 597 W 11th ST, Panama City. AmeriCares is a non-profit organization that provides health for persons affected by disasters. This clinic is planning to open early next week. 

Hospitals

Our Health Officer met with the leadership of both hospitals Tuesday. Everyone is coming together to bring services back. Currently, Bay Medical Sacred Heart and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center are offering emergency room services. These units also have Hep A and Tetanus immunizations available. Each hospital is working on plans to provide additional services in stages. DOH-Bay is working in coordination with the hospitals on their plans to return to normal operations.

Bay Medical Center now has clinic locations that are opened. Magnolia- 2421 Thomas DR, Beach- 11111 PCB PKWY, Oceanpark- 23040 PCB PKWY. Call 850-770-3230 or visit baymedical.org.

We realize many of our Mexico Beach residents utilize healthcare services in Gulf County. We want you all to know that Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf located at 3801 E. Hwy 98 in Port St. Joe is now opened with emergency room and inpatient services. All Sacred Heart Medical Group offices are now operating in Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka.

Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Friday, DOH-Bay met with Big Bend Community Based Care, Life Management Center, Florida Therapy, Panama City Treatment Center, Gulf Coast Addiction Medicine, and Chemical Addictions Recovery Effort (CARE). The organizations are working on plans to help restore mental health and substance use services. More details on available options will be released soon.

Life Management Center is currently providing limited services at our Bonifay office at 310 Byrd Ave. from 8:00 to 5:00, Monday thru Friday. Medications are not available immediately there. They are working on getting in medications. For current clients in need of medication, the best thing to do is to call 850-899-5981. The Genoa Pharmacy at Life Management Center will be open for current patients starting Monday, October 22. It will be open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at our Panama City campus at 525 East 15th Street in Building E. All other services in Panama City remain closed until further notice. Life Management Center is working hard to provide services in our other service areas as soon as possible. For emergency services please call 911. You may also call 211 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 850-273-8255.

The Panama City Treatment Center is open from 6:30 – 11:30 am daily. They are treating current patients and guest dosers.

Free Clinics

PanCare, the federally-qualified health care center, is open at their location at 2309 East 15th Street in Panama City for medical and dental. They are also offering mobile medical services at Walmart in Callaway located at 725 N Tyndall Parkway. Hours are 9 am – 4 pm. All services are free.  Their clinic in Youngstown will offer medical and dental services from 10 am – 3:30 pm through Friday.

St. Andrews Community Medical Center is partnering with AmeriCares to provide a free clinic. The address is 3101b W Hwy 98, Panama City. Hours of operation are 8 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday.

Pediatric Care

Rainbow Pediatrics is now open on their beach location, 10800 Panama City Beach Parkway. They are seeing new and established patients on a walk-in basis from 9 am – 4 pm.

Emerald Coast Pediatrics is seeing patients at their beach and town locations from 9 am – 3 pm.

Bright Pediatrics is offering a free walk-in clinic on Saturday, October 20 from Noon – 4 pm. They ask persons to bring prescription bottles for medication refills. Children from 0 – 21 years old will be seen. Physicals and vaccines will not be provided.

OBGYN Care

Patients of Emerald Coast OBGYN who are in labor or with emergencies related to their pregnancy, will be able to see a physician at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center beginning Saturday afternoon.

Coastal OBGYN patients can call 850-902-4207 to schedule an appointment or to ask medical questions.

Clients of All About Women who are over 35 weeks, high risk, or have a problem they feel needs attention can be seen at Dr. Hennessy’s office in Ft. Walton Beach next Tuesday and Friday afternoon. To make an appointment, call 850-866-3445. Deliveries will be at Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center starting Sunday, October 21.

Dialysis

DaVita and Fresenius are operating and servicing dialysis patients. Bay County Transportation is providing servicing for those patients to get to their medical care as normal. DaVita Panama City patients are now being seen at the Coastal near Bay Medical Sacred Heart.

Cancer Treatment

Hope Regional Cancer Center is seeing new and existing patients at their main location at 2900 South HWY 77 during regular business hours.

General Practice

Nations Best Family Healthcare is partially open at our Panama City office from 10am-4pm. 625 West Baldwin Road at 390. We are taking all comers on a first come first served basis regardless of insurance. 

Physical Therapy

Beach location, 11501 Hutchison Blvd Suite 100 Panama City Beach is open and seeing town and beach patients now. Please call 850-248-1600 and you will be put in contact with office staff to be scheduled.

Dental Care

Emerald Coast Dental Spa on Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach is open with free emergency dental services. They are also opened for dental care.

Other

Gulf Coast Facial Plastics

Gulf Coast facial plastics in ENT center will be opening Monday at 1 PM
 

The Institute of Endocrinology Diabetes Health and Hormones

The Panama City Beach branch is working normally Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm

Medical Supplies

Palo Alto Church of Christ has free medical supplies while they last. The address is 3119 N HWY 231, Panama City. Supplies include; Pediasure, G-tubes for Kangaroo pumps and Infinity pumps, large assortment of medical grade disposable diapers for children 4 years and up, adult diapers, oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, shower chairs, crutches, and medical grade disposable gloves.

Prescriptions

Under the Emergency Order, persons can get a 30-day refill of prescriptions. There are many pharmacies that are currently open in Bay County. To find a pharmacy near you, got to RxOpen.org. There are mobile pharmacies throughout Bay County at some Winn Dixie and Walgreens locations. You may also qualify for the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP). This is for persons who do not have health insurance. Call the EPAP Hotline at 1-855-793-7470 to find out if you are eligible.

Transportation

The Bay Towne Trolley is operating from 10 am – 5 pm. Visit http://www.baytowntrolley.org/system-map/ for details, call 850-769-0557 or email info@baytowntrolley.org.

 

We are working to keep a comprehensive list of available health services in Bay County. To report opened health services and supplies, please email Heather.Kretzer@FLHealth.gov.

 

Special Needs Shelter

The special needs shelter run by the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at Deane Bozeman School is now closed. DOH-Bay served more than 100 clients in the Special Needs Shelter since our response to Hurricane Michael. Clients are now relocated as a proactive measure to ensure the safety of citizens with special needs that have been displaced from their homes by Hurricane Michael. Families can call 727-619-0182 for information about their loved ones.

 

Safety

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County urges residents to take safety precautions after the storm.

Generators

Generators should be used outside only, not in a garage. Appliances should be plugged directly into the generator. You should not plug your generator into the house directly. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can be deadly.

Water

All Bay County residents including those on well water are under a boil water notice. For drinking, cooking, washing wounds, and brushing teeth, use bottled water or boiled water. Water should be held to a rolling boil for 1 minute.

Flood Waters

No one should play in flood waters. The water can contain bacteria. If you have come in contact with flood waters, you should receive a Hep A vaccination. Again, these are available at DOH-Bay.

Food

Food is safe in a full freezer for about 48 hours or 24 hours if it is half full. Refrigerated food is safe about 4 hours if it is unopened. After that time, perishable items such as meat, chicken, fish, cheese, milk, eggs, and leftovers should be thrown away. Take a picture for your insurance company before you dispose of items.

Heat Exhaustion

Without power in many places in Bay County and with persons working to clear debris, heat exhaustion is a concern. Make sure you drink plenty of water to protect yourself.

Mosquitoes

After a storm, standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Remember to dump out any standing water that you can. Make sure you use an EPA approved bug repellent and follow the directions on the label.

Bay County Mosquito Control will be doing aerial mosquito spraying starting Saturday night at 8 pm. Self-protection and precautions should continue to be taken.

Clean-up

Bay County is seeing a high number of injuries relating to storm clean-up. Please take proper precautions to ensure your safety.

Wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during clean-up to avoid injury and contamination. Items that have come in contact with sewage or floodwaters may be unhealthy. Chainsaws should be operated only by person who experienced in using them. If you get a wound or cut from debris, seek medical attention and ask for a Tetanus shot. These are available at DOH-Bay. When cleaning up mold, don’t mix cleaning products.

Residents and others working to clean up debris left by Hurricane Michael could be at risk of sustaining injuries, and the Florida Department of Health is urging residents to practice caution when cleaning in and around their homes. Stay alert at all times during tree removal. For more information and safety tips regarding tree removal visit the US Department of Labor’s website at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3301-10-05-english-06-27-2007.html.

Pools

Due to the loss of electricity from Hurricane Michael, stagnant swimming pools can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To kill mosquitoes and bacteria, please do the following;

  • Put two gallons of bleach in the pool or use shock (these items are available at opened hardware and/or big box stores)
  • Maintain 1 parts per million of free chlorine
  • Add chlorine as necessary to maintain 1 parts per million

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County will continue to work toward the goal of getting all of our services up and running again for the residents of Bay County. We will also continue to work with the entire community of health in Bay County to rebuild the health services that are temporarily unavailable due to Hurricane Michael. This was an unprecedented event, with a now unprecedented response.

For information on Health and Safety related to Hurricane Michael go to http://bay.floridahealth.gov/ and click on Hurricane Michael in the center of the page.

For Official Hurricane Michael recovery information visit RecoverBayCounty.com.