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Calhoun-Liberty Hospital Hosting BBQ and Bake Sales To Cover Fines

Volunteers from the Rivertown Community Church work the bbq fundraiser for the Calhoun Liberty hospital.
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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
Volunteers from the Rivertown Community Church work the bbq fundraiser for the Calhoun Liberty hospital.
The Florida Channel
Volunteers from the Rivertown Community Church work the bbq fundraiser for the Calhoun Liberty hospital.

The Calhoun-Liberty County Hospital is still trying to pay off fines levied against it by the state. Those penalties are related to the December death of a Blountstown woman. The hospital is trying to raise the money through barbecues and bake sales.

This past weekend the hospital hosted a barbeque with donated goods from local churches and other groups. The Sheriff’s department did the cooking and hospital staff and administrators also pitched in.

The Calhoun-Liberty hospital was slapped with a $45,000 penalty after Barbara Dawson was involuntary discharged from the facility in December by police and staff. She later died outside. The state Agency for Healthcare Administration ordered a series of reviews and leveled further fines of $500 a day until they were completed. That took about 23 days.

A hospital spokeswoman says the Calhoun Liberty hospital raised about $87,000 from the barbecue, about six percent of the money needed to cover fines hovering around $150,000.

Three hospital workers were fired in the wake of Dawson's death. Her family is suing. The hospital is also facing an administrative hearing on the case later this summer.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas. She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.