New Pensacola hospital celebrates halfway point

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) - Construction of the new Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart reached its halfway point Tuesday. Sacred Heart patients, physicians and associates gathered for a “topping-off” ceremony, which celebrates the installation of the final and highest piece of steel on the construction project.

Construction of the new four-story children’s hospital began on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus in March 2017 and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2019.

More than $20.7 million has been awarded to Escambia County sub-contractors. Upon opening, the new children’s hospital is expected to add 100 Sacred Heart jobs for the local community. This growth of healthcare services will also enable recruitment of new pediatric specialists.

“This final steel beam is a remarkable symbol of the progress our team has made in the past year, the first half of our construction journey,” said Henry Stovall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola and The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. “Like the children and families we serve, The Children’s Hospital is growing – through the new services we are providing, the team members we are recruiting and the physical facility you see in front of you, which was designed from the ground up with a child’s needs in mind. This building is the result of countless hours of planning from our staff coupled with beautiful execution from our construction workers. I would like to thank our entire team for bringing us to this milestone.”

The new children’s hospital will increase access to specialized pediatric and maternity care and consolidate inpatient pediatric services in one convenient location, with services to include a pediatric emergency department and trauma center, pediatric procedure rooms, 72-bed neonatal intensive care unit, medical/surgical beds, pediatric imaging department, pediatric satellite pharmacy, pediatric inpatient rehabilitation gym, child life playrooms, outdoor gardens and a new family-friendly dining venue. In addition to the Ronald McDonald House adjacent to Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus, the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside the new children’s hospital will offer a playroom specifically for patients’ siblings, as well as a space for families to cook, do laundry and relax.

Sacred Heart Health System and Ascension have committed $55 million toward construction of the new children’s hospital. In order to complete the building as planned, Sacred Heart needs to raise an additional $15 million from the community. To make a donation towards the new Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, call Sacred Heart Foundation at 850-416-4660 or visit

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed facility that serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit

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