This year, Sacred Heart marks its 10th anniversary of caring for residents and visitors on the Emerald Coast. Since opening its doors to patient care on Jan. 27, 2003, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has grown steadily to serve the needs of the community.
With generous community support, the hospital has doubled the capacity of the Emergency Department, opened The Family Birth Place and Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center, expanded cardiac services with the addition of new cardiac specialists and the opening of the state-of-the-art Judy & Steve Turner Heart and Vascular Center and opened a new Cancer Center.
“It’s important to look back at our history and see where we have been because it gives us a great idea of where we’re going,” said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.
Since 2001, the community has generously donated more than $32 million to the Sacred Heart Foundation for the various expansion efforts at the Emerald Coast campus. Likewise, the hospital’s expansion would not be possible without the help of nearly 300 active volunteers who have donated more than 314,000 volunteer hours since the hospital opened.
Throughout the growth, Sacred Heart has maintained a high standard for quality, compassionate healthcare, as evidenced through multiple awards and high patient satisfaction scores. Most notably, the hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters in 2012 and 2008. In fact, nine out of 10 patients at Sacred Heart say they would "definitely recommend" the hospital to others, according to a national, standardized, publicly reported survey that captures patients' perception of the care they received.
A Decade of Service by the Numbers
During the last 10 years, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has seen:
233,000 patients in the Emergency Department
4,000 babies delivered in the Family Birth Place
33,000 admitted inpatients
2.7 million patients in the laboratory
391,000 outpatient diagnostics patients
33,500 surgical patients
Share Your Story
Were you one of the 14,000 community members who signed the “Free Our Hospital” petition? Were your children born in the Family Birth Place? Have you had a procedure or surgery that changed your life? Whatever your story may be, they’d love to hear from you.
In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Sacred Heart is collecting stories from the people who are part of their history. Patients, visitors, community members, associates and volunteers, past and present, are encouraged to participate. To share your story, go to www.sacredheartemerald.org/10years. Throughout the year, stories will be featured on the 10th anniversary section of the hospital’s website.
For more information about Sacred Heart’s 10th Anniversary, a timeline of events, photos and stories from the community, please visit www.sacredheartemerald.org/10years.
The future is bright for our young hospital,” Hall said. “Together we can make a difference and raise the bar for healthcare in our region.”