Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday June 20th 2018


Health & Wellness News 5/30/13

Outstanding Partner Award
Baptist Health Care (BHC) received the Outstanding Partner in Education award on May 2 at the 29th annual appreciation luncheon honoring outstanding school volunteers, teachers and partners in education from the Escambia County School District.

BHC received this award for its partnership with C.A. Weis Elementary School. The award was presented to BHC by Malcolm Thomas, superintendent of Escambia County School District, Debbie King, superintendent’s representative and Congressman Jeff Miller. BHC was one of only two organizations to receive this distinguished honor.

“I want to thank everyone who dedicates so many hours to working with C.A. Weis Elementary School,” said David Wildebrandt, senior vice president of Baptist Health Care. “Please know that you’re making a real difference in the lives of these students.”

Belk Donates to Health Foundation
Baptist Health Care Foundation received a gift of $10,000 from Belk department store. Belk has been a partner with the Women’s Board of the Baptist Health Care Foundation for seven years through their support of the annual Stepping Out in Style fashion show.

The Women’s Board members have volunteered thousands of hours that have resulted in more than $1.5 million in funding for the area’s only locally owned and operated health care system. The Women’s Board organization is committed to making a positive impact on the health care needs of the community through its fundraising, volunteerism and educational programs. Funds raised by the organization support indigent care, new medical technology and additional needs as approved by the Women’s Board.

Mark Faulkner, president and CEO of Baptist Health Care and Kerry Vermillion, senior vice president and CFO of Baptist Health Care along with Baptist Health Care Foundation and The Women’s Board extend their sincere appreciation to Belk for this gift and for their continued commitment to the community.

To learn about upcoming fundraising events or to join the Women’s Board, visit

Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program
Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program™ is launching a local effort to assist children living with cancer by donating 24 Chemo Ducks to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Pensacola. In partnership with the hospital’s child life specialists, the Chemo Duck program will be used to educate families about cancer treatment and alleviate anxiety in young cancer patients.

The goal of the program is to enable hospital staff and parents to prepare children for chemotherapy treatment and eliminate the fear of the unknown. Chemo Duck is a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a bandana around its head, a chemotherapy port on its chest, and an immobilizer on his arm. In a gentle, age-appropriate manner, children learn what to expect during cancer treatment and have a friend to share the experience. In turn, children can use Chemo Duck to help friends, siblings and classmates to understand and empathize with their experience.

“Since receiving the donation of 24 Chemo Ducks, our young patients facing the challenge of fighting pediatric cancer have found themselves with a cuddly companion to carry along their journey,” said Children’s Hospital child life specialist Erin R. Clancy, MPA, CCLS. “The chemo duck is a wonderful resource that can allow a child to learn through play how to cope with chemotherapy treatments and has been a truly valuable component to our program.”

Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program™ is a program of the Nashville-based nonprofit organization, Gabe’s My Heart, which was established in 2004 to provide education and comfort to children living with cancer through medical play using therapeutic tools. To date, more than 20,000 children with cancer have been provided a source of comfort through the Chemo Duck program. However, there are currently more than 1,000 children throughout the United States on the waiting list to receive a Chemo Duck and the companion material to help them through their difficult journey.

To learn more or to learn how you can help, visit

For more information on pediatric cancer services at Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, call 416-1600.

Free Health Screenings
During May, Sacred Heart Health System will provide a variety of free health screenings in Pensacola and Milton, and a free oral-health screening in Gulf Shores.
Certain locations will provide particular screenings include those for heart health, osteoporosis and oral health. Heart-health screenings measure blood pressure, blood sugar and total cholesterol and can detect anemia. These screenings are helpful in diagnosing conditions that put people at high risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other health problems. Bone-density screenings aid in the detection of osteoporosis.

Following is the May schedule:
May 1 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Waterfront Bargain Center, 4467 Avalon Blvd., Milton. Oral-health screening.
May 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at New Birth Baptist Church, 1610 N. “Q” St., Pensacola. Bone-density screening.
May 9 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at East Brent Baptist Church, 4801 Davis Hwy., Pensacola. Heart-health screening.
May 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 401 Van Pelt Lane, Pensacola. Oral-health screening.
May 15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, 303 S. Navy Blvd., Pensacola. Oral-health screening.
May 16 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Westwood Homes, 4400 Westover St., Pensacola. Bone-density screening.
May 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the YMCA, 410 N. Palafox St., Pensacola. Bone-density screening.
May 22 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cobb Center, 601 E. Mallory St., Pensacola. Bone-density screenings.
May 28 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at 309 E. 21st Ave., Gulf Shores, Ala. Oral-health screening.
During the month of May, Sacred Heart’s Mission in Motion staff will continue to work to enroll children in the Florida KidCare health-insurance program for income-eligible families of children from birth to age 18. For more information about this enrollment, please call Sacred Heart’s Mission in Motion office at 416-6040.

Mission in Motion is a community service provided by Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola. The mobile unit’s free services also are made possible by support from the law firm of Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin and McLeod, as well as the Gannett Foundation and other community donors. For more information, call 416-7826.

Celebrating Survivors
Baptist Cancer Institute is hosting a cancer survivor celebration “Hope Grows Here” in recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day®, Saturday, June 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. at New World Landing, 600 S. Palafox St., Pensacola.

The “Hope Grows Here” event will feature a hands-on gardening exhibit provided by Escambia County Extension Service, jazz music and a light breakfast buffet.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by calling 434-4080.

Quality Achievement Award
Baptist Hospital, Inc. has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Baptist Health Care’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive this award, Baptist Hospital, Inc. achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. Baptist Hospital, Inc. also earned the Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation for improving stroke care and achieving 60 minute “Door to Needle” times for at least 50 percent of patients during a three-month period.

“The Gold award and the honor roll are two new achievements all of us at Baptist Health Care can take pride in. Our greatest award is caring for our patients and turning treatment guidelines into lifelines,” said Wanda Kaye Hambrick, vice president of quality and safety for Baptist Health Care.

The Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program includes customized patient education materials that are readily available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives health care providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.