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Sacred Heart Hospital Continues Growth Adding Fifth Operating Suite
Posted: 10/25/2017

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 25, 2017) – Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (SHHEC) announced the opening of its new fifth operating suite in their surgical center on Oct. 11.

Sacred Heart Chaplain, Jeff Ryan blessed the new operating room and anointed the hands of associates with oil during a "Blessing of Hands" ceremony for those who work in the surgical area.

The area's fast-growing population has resulted in an immediate increase in the need for surgical services. Since opening in 2003, the numbers and complexity of surgical procedures at SHHEC have steadily increased. The surgical department now sees more than 8,100 patients a year and is consistently recognized nationwide for outstanding patient experience. The expansion is the latest phase in the hospital's growth. Previous additions included 12 new inpatient rooms, 12 new post-partum rooms and 13 new emergency rooms.

"Coupled with our highly- trained surgical team, this important operating room expansion provides us with the environment to provide an exceptional level of high-quality, patient-centered surgical care," said Dr. Gary Pablo, Sacred Heart's Chief Medical Officer.

"This expansion will provide more efficient operating room workflow for doctors, nurses, staff and patients," said Aleta Jefferson, manager of Perioperative Services at SHHEC. “The operating rooms are designed to allow for maximum efficiency and the highest levels of safety, which will directly benefit all of our patients."

"We are very pleased to celebrate another great milestone in providing a greater capacity for surgical care," said Roger Hall, President and CEO of SHHEC. "We are grateful for the support of the community as we continue to grow and develop new ways of providing outstanding medical care in a safe and caring environment."

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a 76-bed community hospital located in Miramar Beach, that offers comprehensive healthcare for emergency care, cardiovascular care, cancer care, obstetrics, surgery, orthopedics and spine care. Since opening its doors in January 2003, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has been recognized five times as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for patient satisfaction by Truven Health Analytics. For more information, visit www.sacredheartemerald.org.


About Sacred Heart Health System
On the Gulf Coast, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola, Fla. and Providence Health System based in Mobile, Ala. Together, these Ascension healthcare facilities have served Gulf Coast communities for more than 160 years and they employ more than 6,600 associates. Across the region, Ascension provided more than $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more on Sacred Heart Health System, visit www.sacred-heart.org.

About Ascension
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension's Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension's own group purchasing organization.







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