Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast was named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The hospital also received this designation in 2021.
Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast is one of only three hospitals in Florida named as a 5-ribbon facility on the list. The Best Maternity Care distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families based on three data sources. These include nationwide online surveys of hospital managers and maternity healthcare professionals, medical key performance indicators relevant to maternity care and patient satisfaction data.
“Care teams at the Family Birth Place work hard to ensure the experience exceeds the expectations of each family that chooses the hospital for their care," said Erica Bottom, MSN, RN-C, OB, Manager, Family Birth Place at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. “The hospital has the only NICU in Walton County and is also the only hospital in the area to hold the Baby-Friendly designation in recognition of its commitment to the highest level of breastfeeding support and education.”
The full list of recipients is available online.
Approximately 1,470 babies were born last year at the Emerald Coast hospital in South Walton County. This is a new record for Emerald Coast. The hospital also received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of an A for Spring 2022.
Children in need of follow-up care have access to the Ascension Sacred Heart’s network of office locations in Santa Rosa Beach, Niceville, Crestview and Panama City, including pediatric orthopedics, pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric urology, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine.
Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast also offers a pediatric emergency room in cooperation with the Studer Family Children’s Hospital. It includes four treatment rooms, one triage room and three observation rooms, plus advanced equipment specially designed for diagnosing and treating medical emergencies in kids.