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Experience The Children’s Hospital Difference

True pediatric care is more than a colorful room with kid-friendly artwork and toys. Children have a unique set of needs and need specialized medical care. For example:

  • Only 6 percent of hospital emergency departments are fully equipped to care for children. The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart offers Northwest Florida’s only Pediatric Trauma Center and the only pediatric emergency room backed by specialists.
  • Children have smaller organs and veins than adults. Pediatric surgeons at The Children’s Hospital have the expertise to operate in tiny spaces.
  • A child’s airway is different in both size and shape from an adult’s, which makes inserting a breathing tube before surgery more difficult. The Children’s Hospital has pediatric anesthesiologists who know how to safely provide sleep medicine for each child.
  • Children lose heat and fluids more easily than adults, so The Children’s Hospital takes extra steps during surgery to ensure children receive fluids and stay warm.
  • Children may have a hard time explaining how they feel. Caregivers and child-life specialists at The Children’s Hospital know how to explain procedures, monitor pain and anticipate emotions so patients can have the best hospital experience possible.


The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is Northwest Florida’s ONLY Children’s Hospital and is:

  • A member of the Children’s Hospital Association
  • A member of the Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals
  • A Certified Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Affiliated with University of Florida – a nationally ranked academic and research institution
  • An accredited pediatric residency program with University of Florida, which includes 27 physician residents
  • An accredited PGY1 pediatric pharmacy residency program
  • An accredited child life internship and practicum program

Our staff trains:

  • Military family-practice residents in pediatrics
  • All local nursing schools in pediatric nursing

Our staff includes:

  • Board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists
  • On-site, in-house, board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric radiologists
  • Board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric surgeons
  • 24/7 on-site, in-house, pediatric hospitalists
  • 24/7 in-house pediatric pharmacists
  • 24/7 on-site, in-house, board-certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists
  • Board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians
  • Neonatal & Pediatric transport team
  • Pediatric-certified nurses
  • Neonatal-certified nurses
  • Pediatric chemotherapy and biotherapy provider nurses trained by Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APOHN)
  • Pediatric & neonatal respiratory therapists
  • Certified pediatric ultrasound technicians
  • Certified child life specialists
  • Certified pediatric dieticians
  • Certified lactation consultants
  • Pediatric and neonatal dedicated social work and case management
  • Pediatric rehabilitation (physical, occupational and speech therapy) – both inpatient and outpatient
  • Certified SANE (sexual assault nurse examiners) nurses
  • Developmental Early Intervention/Early Steps Program
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy for Autism
  • Certified car seat safety technicians

Our campus includes:

  • On-site Ronald McDonald House
  • Regional pediatric dialysis center
  • Pediatric sedation for imaging studies (only hospital in area)

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