Sacred Heart boosters speak out with concerns

Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast
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Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 08:22 AM.

Two talented heart doctors dismissed without cause and a $50,000 donation set aside for the wrong project have helped create a stir around Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast .

The controversy is rooted in concerns that Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola is attempting to bleed money and doctors away from its more successful sister hospital in Santa Rosa Beach .

“This hospital could end up as a band-aid stand,” said hospital donor Keith Knight.

Like his South Walton neighbors, Knight, 82, appreciates the award winning standard of care he receives at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast and has invested heavily in the hospital’s future — even pledging over $1 million of his estate to it.

“Everybody I talk to that’s my age is down here because of that hospital,” he said.

Community dedication stands out at the entranceway of the 58-bed hospital, recently named the state’s best for “patient engagement.” The wall is covered with plaques hung in appreciation for large donations.

The $30 million in donor dollars Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast has received since its founding in 1999 includes $5 million to open a heart and vascular unit capable of providing interventional care, said hospital president Roger Hall.

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