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Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast

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History
  • At the request of the Destin and South Walton communities, Sacred Heart Health System opened Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (SHHEC), a $53M hospital, in January 2003 with significant support ($20M) from the community.
  • Sacred Heart Health System was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1915 and is part of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest, non-profit, Catholic healthcare system.
  • The Health System is dedicated to providing high quality, compassionate, safe healthcare to all. The SHHEC team includes 500+ associates, 200+ physicians, and 250+ volunteers.
  • SHHEC has received close to $10M in community support since opening to help expand women’s services, cardiac services, cancer services, diagnostic services, and more. 
Key Services
  • Inpatient general, progressive and intensive care services (4,500+ admissions/year)
  • Emergency department services (28,000+ patients/year)
  • Outpatient diagnostic services (42,000+ procedures/year)
  • Surgical services (6,000+ patients/year)
  • Family Birth Place (1,100+ deliveries/year)
  • Heart & Vascular Services (3,000+ cath lab procedures/year)
  • Women’s Diagnostic Center with Breast Health Navigator
  • Comprehensive Orthopedic & Spine Surgery Programs
  • Sacred Heart Cancer Center (affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Network)
  • Pediatric Navigator (sponsored by the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation)
National Awards
  • Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • Ranked best in Florida and 23rd in the nation for Patient Engagement by Axial Exchange and Becker’s Hospital Review, which measures the hospital’s efforts to engage patients in their healthcare experience, including patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, communication, etc.
  • Received numerous 2013 and 2014 Top Performer and Five Star Awards from Professional Research Consultants in regards to the patient’s perception of care.
  • Received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for the Joint Replacement Program.
  • Received the 2011 Women’s Choice Award for Patient Experience by WomenCertified.
Growth Plans
  • Thanks to support from key partners and the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, a state-of-the-art pediatric ambulance will be stationed at SHHEC soon to expedite the transport of critically ill or injured children to a higher level of care at The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, the region’s only children’s hospital.
  • Sacred Heart Health System recently announced plans to launch a $30 million expansion of facilities and services at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. The expansion will increase the capacity for inpatient services, maternity services, emergency services and pediatric services. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and will be completed in two phases with the first phase opening in 2016 and the second phase opening in 2017.
Cardiac Services at a Glance
  • With support from community donors, the hospital expanded its heart and vascular services and performed its first interventional cardiac procedure in September 2011.
  • The 6,600 square foot, state-of-the-art Judy and Steve Turner Heart and Vascular Center opened in April 2012 featuring Northwest Florida’s first hybrid catheterization lab, which combines surgical and interventional settings to enhance patient safety and clinical outcomes.
  • The hospital invested $600K in electrophysiology (EP) equipment this fall and launched extensive EP cases this spring.
Current Cardiologists
  • Dr. Charles Mayes, Interventional Cardiologist
    Dr. Mayes received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, performed residency training in internal medicine at The University of Texas at Southwestern, trained in general cardiology for three years at Duke University Medical Center, and finally received fellowship training in interventional cardiology and congenital heart diseases at Duke as well. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology and has practiced for the past 10 years.
  • Dr. Mark Grise, Interventional Cardiologist
    Dr. Grise earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed residency training in internal medicine at the UCLA Medical Center. He completed advanced fellowship training in cardiology and critical care at UCLA and the Scripps Clinic in LaJolla, CA. In 2001, he completed fellowship training in interventional cardiology at Scripps Clinic. He is board certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine.
  • Dr. Keith Golden, Electrophysiologist
    Dr. Golden earned his medical degree from The Medical College of Virginia and trained in cardiology at UNC Health Care. He completed advanced training in electrophysiology at St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, Ind. Dr. Golden specializes in treating abnormalities in the heart’s electrical system. He offers treatments for heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutters, rapid heart rates, and other arrhythmias through a variety of methods including pacemaker implantation, cardioverter-defibrillator implantation and ablation therapy.
  • Dr. Angel Morrobel, Cardiologist
    Dr. Morrobel earned his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Redro Eniquez Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominica Republic. He trained in internal medicine at the Hospital Universitario Jose Maria Cabral in Santiago, Dominican Republic and was chief resident during his training in internal medicine and cardiology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Morrobel is board certified in Cardiovascular Subspecialties.
  • Dr. Stephen Phlaum, Cardiologist
    Dr. Phlaum earned his medical degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency training at Barnes Hospital through the Washington University School of Medicine. He then completed his fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Phlaum is board certified in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Sacred Heart Medical Group is actively recruiting for more interventional and non-interventional cardiologists to practice at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.

SHHEC Announces $30 Million Dollar Expansion

On June 3, 2014, leaders of Sacred Heart Health System announced plans to launch a $30 million expansion of facilities and services at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. The expansion will increase the capacity of the Emerald Coast hospital for inpatient services, maternity services, emergency services and pediatric services.

“This is a great day for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast,” said Susan Davis, President and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System. “We could not be more proud of what Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has accomplished since its opening in 2003. We are thrilled to be able to make another major investment to expand the services we can provide to the communities we serve.”

The hospital has been working with Ascension Health, parent company of Sacred Heart Health System, on strategic plans to expand services for several years and received formal approval to launch the expansion at the end of May. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year and will be completed in two phases with the first phase opening in 2016 and the second phase opening in 2017.

“Our hospital truly is the product of the vision and commitment of our community to create and ensure access to exceptional, high quality healthcare today and for generations to come,” said Roger Hall, President of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. “Over the past 12 years, we have seen our dreams come true of being able to build a mission-driven healthcare organization that transforms the delivery of care by focusing on what’s best for the patient. The community’s support, combined with the outstanding dedication of our medical staff, associates and volunteers, has made this hospital a success, and the future is very bright.”

Expansion Details
The hospital consistently operates above 70% occupancy and reaches full capacity during the peak inpatient months of November to March. The inpatient expansion will include the renovation and construction of two intensive care rooms, 14 general inpatient rooms, and shell space for future growth on the second floor of the hospital.

The Family Birth Place has experienced remarkable growth since opening in 2007 and is currently on pace this year to exceed 1,100 deliveries. The Family Birth Place will be redesigned and expanded to provide a total of five labor and delivery rooms, 12 postpartum rooms, two antepartum rooms, three triage rooms, and a larger nursery to accommodate Level II NICU services in the future in conjunction with The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

The emergency department has also experienced high growth rates and is currently on track to serve around 28,000 patients each year. The emergency department expansion will include five additional treatment rooms, shell space for five more treatment rooms in the future, and an eight-bed observation unit to provide care for patients staying less than 24 hours.

The expansion of pediatric services enhances both inpatient and outpatient services. A portion of the new inpatient rooms will be pediatric-friendly to allow for the future expansion of inpatient pediatric services in partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. A portion of the emergency department rooms will be pediatric-friendly as well. The expansion project also involves the development of a pediatric extended-hours clinic and pediatric specialist consults in a nearby medical office building, in partnership with Sacred Heart physicians, community pediatricians and specialists from Nemours.

A new, state-of-the-art pediatric ambulance will be stationed at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in 2015 to expedite the transport of critically ill or injured children to a higher level of care at The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. The addition of the pediatric ambulance was made possible by support from Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart and the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. The expansion at the hospital will include a new transport bay for the ambulance to be housed by the emergency department.

Hospital Key Milestones

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast opened its doors to patient care in January 2003 as a 50-bed community hospital. Since then, the not-for-profit hospital has grown steadily and continues to fulfill its mission to improve the health of the community at large, with special attention to service of the poor. Key milestones include:

  • $2.2 million emergency department expansion in 2004
  • Joint Replacement Program in 2005
  • $21 million Family Birth Place addition in 2007
  • $1.1 million Women’s Diagnostic Center addition in 2007
  • $1.1 million 64-Slice CT Scanner addition in 2008
  • $300,000 Cardiac Rehabilitation expansion in 2010
  • $9 million Judy and Steve Turner Heart and Vascular Center in 2012
  • Sacred Heart Cancer Center in 2012
  • Spine Center Program in 2013

Recognized nationally for high quality, compassionate and safe healthcare, the hospital has received the 100 Top Hospitals® award from Thomson Reuters and Truven Health four times since opening, including most recently in 2012, 2013 and 2014. For more information about Sacred Heart, please visit www.sacredheartemerald.org.

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