Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf Opens its Doors

By: Alexandra Hill Email
By: Alexandra Hill Email

Three years of construction came to fruition today. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, located in Port St. Joe, is officially open for business.

"The area has needed it since the prior hospital closed about seven or eight years ago; and we've been working with the community for nearly three years on bringing this hospital to today,” said Roger Hall, President of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf.

The $34 million facility is licensed for 25 beds and will be able to service over 20,000 people. By late Monday morning, Hall said patients had already started to trickle in.

"We now have two patients admitted. We've seen about eight patients come through the emergency department and patients for diagnostic images. So we're off to a greater than anticipated start,” said Hall.

And it is not just patients the hospital is helping.

Sacred Heart hired 100 employees to work at the new location as well as nearly 100 volunteers, including Jean Etheridge who has lived in Port St. Joe for close to 50 years.

“I was just so happy to have this facility here I wanted to do everything I could to help,” said Etheridge, a hospital volunteer.

It's that community help that Hall says is what made this grand opening possible.

"The community was gracious enough to pass additional taxation, and in addition to that, we've raised over ten-million for this facility from the local people. So, we are a community hospital. We couldn't be here without it,” said Hall.

So far, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf has 19 beds for in-patient services and eight different emergency departments, but no plans for an intensive care unit.

However, arrangements are being made with other hospitals in the area for those patients.

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  • by Mike Location: India on Jul 2, 2010 at 04:34 AM
    It really nice to see the opening of such good hospitals. They are doing good job for the mankind. Serving the humanity is the best one can do for sure. HIV Drugs
  • by Leon Location: Germany on Jun 21, 2010 at 11:19 PM
    This is really nice to see such equipped hospital on the way. this can lead to special medical help to all the needy people. One can even expect the best medical assistance which cannot be seen any where else. Its such good to know all the details. Pictures of STD
  • by DianaR Location: Port St. Joe on May 31, 2010 at 12:55 AM
    I am really happy to see this hospital working. We have needed new one in this are for sure. Some other local hospitals just can't provide full help on all kind of diseases. For example my friend needs a help in preventing cataract. What does it mean is perfectly written in this article Diabecon and Preventing Cataract. Some other hospitals weren't able to help him on this question. I hope that Sacred Heart hospital will be able to do that. We were waiting for such a medical equipment coming to our area for a very long time. Thanks for those who have developed the idea of this hospital and for those who made it available. Oh and thanks for the great article. I am always reading your electronic newspaper.
  • by Matt Location: St. Joe Beach on Mar 15, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    I am very glad Sacred Heart is open. Everytime I hear an ambulance drive by my house on its way to Bay Medical or Gulf Coast, I say a prayer and hope he or she survives the long drive. Now a life saving hospital is right down the street. Horray!
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