Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Expands Care into West Florida, Supporting Franklin County Community with Inpatient and Outpatient Services

October 22, 2020

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is proud to announce the opening of the regional healthcare leader’s newest practice, TMH Physician Partners – Primary Care, on Monday, Nov. 30, with locations in both Apalachicola and Carrabelle.

David Newton, MD, a family medicine physician with a background in rural medical care, will lead the new outpatient primary care practice. It will also be launched in tandem with an expansion of inpatient services available at Weems Memorial Hospital, providing consistent medical staff support for the residents of Franklin County.


Located in Apalachicola and Carrabelle, the outpatient practice will provide a much-needed family physician presence to the community that will now allow for a continuation of care from hospital visits and follow-up appointments to yearly checkups.

Recognizing this urgent need in the community, TMH was laser-focused on selecting a physician who both had a passion for rural medicine and possessed the extensive training and real-world experience needed to fully equip Weems Memorial and the primary care practice starting on day one.

“Our goal at TMH has been to find the right physician, a champion for rural medicine, who would be able to listen to the needs of this community we care so deeply about,” shared Mark O’Bryant, President & CEO of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. “We want to serve the needs of the Forgotten Coast and ensure they are supported in every way. Dr. Newton is at the forefront of our expansion into this county, and we truly believe he checks every box.”

During his four years providing rural medicine care in Ennis, Montana, Dr. Newton served as the Ambulance Medical Director, Vice Medical Director and Trauma Director at the local hospital. Additionally, he earned the title of Chief Resident during his time in the Seneca Lakes Rural Family Medicine Residency, further showcasing his dedication and talent in rural medicine, which he will now bring to his home state of Florida.

Dr. Newton’s role serves as a bridge between Franklin County and the high-quality medical services of the largest healthcare provider in the Big Bend region. “The arrival of Dr. Newton will greatly increase our capacity to care for our neighbors,” noted David Walker, CEO of Weems Memorial Hospital. “We’re excited to welcome a medical leader who will be not only improving our access and caring for us with his extensive knowledge of rural medicine, but also living amongst the community by making Apalachicola his home.”

To learn more about the comprehensive primary and inpatient care services offered through TMH Physician Partners in Apalachicola and Carrabelle, please call 850-697-1118 to reserve an appointment and visit our website.