The doors are finally open and patient loads are doubling in size at the Wakulla Medical Center. The 8,000-foot facility is a necessity for the coastal community.
For the last four years Wakulla County residents have had to cram into a tiny brick building to cure what ails them, but times are changing as a brand new medical center opens its doors across the street.
Dr. Eugene Charbonneau says, “We would see 20 patients a day. Now we see 60. We try to have policy of no turn away.”
Dr. Gene has been serving the Wakulla community for years. He says the best part is helping those less fortunate receive valuable medical care, a concept made possible by this federally funded facility.
It's a welcomed addition in this village. In fact, the building's aesthetic appeal is exactly what the community ordered, a community set on preserving the pristine lifestyle in Panacea.
Valerie Lahart, a Wakulla County resident, says, “I love the new center. They've done an excellent job maintaining the trees and make it more natural.”
Natural and functional, the center seems to please both the public and its medical professionals.
The medical center is located off Highway 98 in Panacea. It's open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.