New Leadership at Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2021) -- Kelly D. Beach is the new vice president of nursing at Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf. Beach replaces Robin Godwin who is now the president of Ascension Sacred Heart Bay in Panama City.

“Port St. Joe was like a second home to us and we are now proud to call it home”, said Beach. “Working and supporting the nursing profession in this community and surrounding area is a great privilege.”

Beach has served in nursing leadership roles and managed operational and clinical issues for 10 years. She comes to us from Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs where she has served for the past nine years.

Beach and her family have strong ties to Northwest Florida. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing at Florida State University before getting her master's in nursing leadership and healthcare administration at Grand Canyon University. She began her career as an emergency department registered nurse in Panama City.

Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf in Port Saint Joe, Florida, delivers primary care and specialty care, as well as 24/7 emergency care for serious and life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf provides surgical services and heart and vascular health, as well as a helipad to provide rapid transportation of trauma and critically ill patients. The hospital offers a wide range of minimally invasive procedures, diagnostic mammograms, imaging, lab tests and rehabilitation services, as well as diabetes education all on one campus.

About Ascension Sacred Heart

Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast includes Ascension Sacred Heart based in Pensacola, Ascension Providence in Mobile, Ala., and Ascension St. Vincent’s based in Jacksonville.

Florida. 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 of 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. In FY2020, Ascension provided $2.4 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes more than 150,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 142 hospitals and more than 40 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