Sacred Heart system restructuring, makes cuts

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 02:37 PM.

When Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast opened its doors more than a decade ago, Sheryl Johnston was on board as one of the first employees hired.

As Senior Development Coordinator of SHHEC's Foundation, Johnston was frequently out and about in the community and at the hospital, and became a recognizable face that was instantly associated with the foundation.  

Last Wednesday, Johnston was told her position was being eliminated due to budget cuts and she was let go immediately.

"I was shocked and saddened," Johnston told The Sun. "I was aware of some restructuring, but I did not know to what extent. I knew it was possible, but I had no warning or inkling. I felt like the rug was pulled out from under my feet."

Johnston said the restructuring resulted in several employees being let go whose divisions were eliminated. She said the foundation does have a team that is based in Pensacola and work will be handled as a unit. Locally, Leonard Olson will continue to direct the SHHEC Foundation office's endeavors.

Sacred Heart Health System's Public Relations Director Mike Burke told The Sun that within the health system as a whole, including all hospitals and doctor's offices, about 100 jobs were “displaced.”

The Sacred Heart Medical Group is a network of physician offices located across 200 miles of the Gulf Coast from Foley, Ala. to Apalachicola.

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