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Patient Testimonials

JacobVacation Emergency
My family vacationed at Cape San Blas last week. During our stay, my 13 year old son Jacob had a run in with his filet knife while fishing. The knife easily defeated one of his toes!!! We rushed him to Sacred Heart and the experience could not have been any better. What we thought was a very bad injury turned out to be a whole lot less.

From the moment we arrived, the greeter, the in patient administrator, the nurses & the ER doc (a UGA DAWG!!) were absolutely fantastic! They all showed extreme empathy and compassion to a very scarred boy. The time they all took with him and us made a bad situation very soothing.

Jacob is doing great. We are following the DR instructions & he is healing well.

We have visited many ERs in raising 3 kids & none were as efficient, courteous and helpful as yours. While I hope to avoid visiting you in the future, I will rest easy knowing that on our next visit to the gulf, should a medical situation arise, we will be in good hands!

Chris McAllister
Cumming, GA

Joint Replacement SurgeryFirst Joint-Replacement Surgery Performed at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf has reached another growth milestone by expanding surgical services available in Gulf and Franklin Counties. In late June 2014, the surgical team assisted with the hospital’s first-ever total joint replacement surgery, performed by Alfred Cardet, MD, an orthopedic surgeon based out of Panama City.

The patient was Bob Comer, 70, of Port St. Joe, who had been treated for several years for knee injuries and the resulting debilitating pain. Comer had had several positive experiences at Sacred Heart and wanted to have knee replacement surgery close to his home.

“We were ordering the necessary instruments and equipment and completing specialized training to do joint replacement surgeries,” said Glenda Lane, Patient Care Manager of Surgical Services. “Mr. Comer chose to wait several months until we had the capability to do that type of surgery here. I believe he is happy he made that choice.”

Dr. Cardet was impressed with the level of preparedness of the Sacred Heart surgical staff. “I have no hesitation to do future total joint replacements here with this team,” he said. Dr. Cardet also performed the first total hip replacement at Sacred Heart in late July.

“The patient’s surgery and recovery have gone remarkably well,” says Lane. “He was up and walking with help of his inpatient rehab team, and he was able to leave the hospital in record time.”

Comer says he is pleased with the care he received from the “outstanding staff” at Sacred Heart. He now is continuing his recovery at home with twice-a-week physical therapy sessions at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation next to the hospital. At just three weeks post-surgery, he is getting around well with the use of a walker and cane and looks forward to taking his dog for walks again soon.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide joint replacement services now in Port St. Joe,” said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. “This is a great step forward for our community hospital, and our enhanced surgical capabilities will open the door for us to offer many other surgeries close to home for patients in our community.”

The Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is located at 3801 E. Hwy 98, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456

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