Studer Family Children’s Hospital expands care for South Walton, Destin | Ascension

Studer Family Children’s Hospital expands care for South Walton, Destin

Sick and injured children in the Destin area now have better access to care from Northwest Florida's only children's hospital, thanks to an expansion of pediatric emergency room services at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast.

“Each year, our Miramar Beach campus cares for more than 4,900 children in the emergency room,” said Henry Stovall, regional president of Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. “We want to ensure those children have a smooth and positive experience, plus ready access to high-quality, specialized care at our Children's Hospital in Pensacola. This expansion of children's services in our community will help us to grow the care we are able to provide locally.”

The expanded pediatric services, now available, will include four treatment rooms, three observation rooms, plus advanced equipment specially designed for diagnosing and treating medical emergencies in kids. Because coming to the ER is stressful for children and families, the hospital team has worked to make the experience as child-friendly as possible.

The facility is staffed by ER physicians and nurses who have additional training from pediatric critical care specialists and other pediatrics specialists at the Studer Family Children's Hospital.

This new partnership allows for more direct connections between the specialists at Children's Hospital and the ER facility in Miramar Beach. Children's Hospital provides a wide range of expertise in specialized areas of pediatrics including pediatric surgery, orthopedics, trauma, oncology, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery.

The addition of pediatric ER services follows the opening of a Level II neonatal intensive care unit at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast in the spring of 2020.

“As we continue to grow our children’s hospital services, we’re working hard to bring specialized healthcare closer to the communities we serve,” said Will Condon, president of the Studer Family Children’s Hospital. “With expanded pediatric services in Miramar Beach, fewer children and babies will need to be transferred to the Children's Hospital in Pensacola for observation. They can be kept home in their community. This means greater convenience, improved access to healthcare and ultimately better outcomes for families of sick and injured kids.”

As Northwest Florida's only pediatric trauma referral center, the Studer Family Children’s Hospital also offers medical transportation services – including both ground and air transportation – to bring critically ill and injured babies and children to the Children's Hospital campus in Pensacola.

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Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast includes Ascension Sacred Heart based in Pensacola, Florida, Ascension St. Vincent’s based in Jacksonville, Florida, and Ascension Providence in Mobile, Alabama. Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast operates nine hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care, employing more than 13,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension Providence, Ascension Sacred Heart and Ascension St. Vincent’s have served North Florida and South Alabama communities for more than 165 years. In fiscal year 2020, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast provided more than $237 million in community benefit and care for persons living in poverty. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Nationally, Ascension operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 146 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization. Visit