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H&W News & Events


Sacred Heart’s CEO Named to Prestigious List of Healthcare Leaders
Laura S. Kaiser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sacred Heart Health System (SHHS), is named among a list of influential U.S. female healthcare leaders. Titled ”56 Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders to Know,” the list is compiled annually by Becker’s Hospital Review and shares the names of women who demonstrate outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry.
Those listed were chosen based on a wide range of critical management and leadership skills, including oversight of hospital or health system operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives.
Laura joined SHHS as its chief operating officer in 2008, after serving as president of non-acute care operations at Ascension Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system. (SHHS is a member of Ascension Health, which is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.). In 2009, she was promoted to the position of SHHS president/CEO. Laura also serves as the Ascension Health ministry market leader for the Gulf/Florida region, with oversight of facilities in seven states.
For more information about the list, go to  HYPERLINK “” For more information about Sacred Heart Health System, visit HYPERLINK “”

Sister Ellen Kron Based at Sacred Heart Hospital-Pensacola
Sister Ellen Kron, Daughter of Charity, has been named Vice President of Community Health Ministries (CHMs) by Ascension Health, the parent organization of Sacred Heart Health System (SHHS). Ellen’s office is based at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
The CHMs are part of Ascension Health’s Gulf/Florida region ministry market, which is under the oversight of Laura S. Kaiser, SHHS president/CEO, who serves as the ministry market leader for that region. The CHMs are:
• Centro San Vicente Community Health Center, El Paso, Texas;
• Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas, Dumas and Gould, Ark.;
• Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, New Orleans, La.;
• Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio, Texas; and
• Seton Center Family and Health Services, Kansas City, Mo.
Prior to assuming her new duties, Ellen had served for four years as sponsor liaison for the Daughters of Charity West Central Province, a member of the West Central Provincial Council, member of the Ascension Health Board of Trustees and as board chair for the Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans. Ellen’s experience includes serving as a missionary in Haiti and more than 15 years as COO/CFO for Marygrove, a residential social-services program in St. Louis, Mo.

Mike Viola Named Engineer of the Year
Baptist Health Care is pleased to announce that Mike Viola, CHE, CHFM, director of properties and construction, has been selected as Florida Healthcare Engineering Association’s 2011 Engineer of the Year.
This distinct honor is bestowed on one individual selected from among many qualified members. The process begins within each of four districts when candidates are nominated and their background and accomplishments are detailed and scrutinized. Each district narrows the list to one name that is submitted to the state committee that makes the final decision. Viola’s achievement of Engineer of the Year not only reflects his outstanding history on the job at Baptist, but indicates a strong participation in professional activities to maintain a high standard of integrity, proficiency and professionalism in the healthcare engineering field.

Gulf Coast Pain Specialists Welcomes Veronica Kings, PA-C

The Gulf Coast Pain Specialists with Medical Center Clinic would like to welcome Veronica Kings, PA-C.

Veronica earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology/Microbiology from the University of West Florida. She subsequently attained her Master of Health Science degree in the Physician Assistant Program from the University of South Alabama.

Veronica joins the Medical Center Clinic Department of Gulf Coast Pain Specialists with more than 13 years experience in pain management and family medicine. She is proficient in the evaluation and treatment of adults with chronic pain syndromes, including neck pain, low back pain, radicular pain, myofascial pain, migraines, cervicocranial headaches, peripheral neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome and post-herpetic neuralgia.

“The Gulf Coast Pain Specialists are excited to welcome Veronica Kings, PA-C and pleased to have attracted such a highly qualified medical professional to our team,” states Kim Grant, Vice President of Corporate Marketing & Strategies/Practice Administrator.
For more information please call Gulf Coast Pain Specialists at 850.969.2222 or visit us at

Free Memory Screens
Forgetful? Repeating questions? Having trouble finding words? These behaviors may suggest a serious memory problem. In those instances, the MMSE (Mini-Mental State Examination) Memory Screen — the tool utilized by the Memory Disorder Clinic — can help detect them. To schedule a free, confidential appointment call 494-3212. You can schedule a screening for Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, West Florida Rehabilitation Institute 8383 N. Davis Hwy.

Pretty in Pink Boobie Costume Ball
Sponsored by Innisfree Hotels and in conjunction with Krewe du Ya Yas and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides campaign, this event is so much fun for a good cause. Enjoy a costume contest, pink rubber-ducky derby, raffle prizes, pink cocktails, live music and on-site spa treatments. You can choose the two-night stay for Oct. 28 or 29 for $278, a one-night stay for $139 or just hit the party for $30 ($50 for two). To book a hotel package call 932-5331. For tickets, e-mail Jill Thomas at  HYPERLINK “”

Boobie Beanies on Sale at As You Wish
Boobie Beanies will be on sale until Oct. 29 at As You Wish, 1290 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ste. A. Beanies are $10 and all proceeds benefit the As You Wish Shooting Star MSABC Team. Contact Cristy Rasmussen at 549-3587 or  HYPERLINK “”

Boo Boo Bash at the Beach
Join Sacred Heart for Boo Bash on the Beach, a Halloween costume party for adults 21 and up. The event will be at Landshark Landing at the Margaritaville Hotel on Pensacola Beach, Oct. 29 and 30, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.  Enjoy a costume contest, live music, great food and a silent auction — all to benefit Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Plus, meet Jill Connor Brown, author of “Sweet Potato Queens.” Tickets are $75 and discounted hotel rooms are available. For tickets, call 416-4660 or 416-4337.

Slip into the Ring
On Halloween — Oct. 31 —  when you buy a pink ceramic couture ring for $150 at Reed & Company Jewelers, they will donate $75 to their MSABC Team in affiliation with American Cancer Society. Contact Judy Reed at 474-1520, or  HYPERLINK “” or just stop by the store located at 7201 N. 9th Ave., Ste. 1A.

Quit Smoking Now
West Florida Hospital offers a free Smoking Cessation Program, with free Nicotine Replacement Therapy. The six week course meets for it’s fifth session Nov. 1 from 4 to 5 p.m., and is instructed by Naomi Brown, CTTS, Jo Vollmer, RN, MSN and Dave Vollmer, RT, MBA. The Area Health Education Center’s Quit Smoking Now is based on other programs that were developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the American Lung Association and the State of Florida in conjunction with former smokers. Registration is required. Call 494-3212.

2011 Fall Invitational Golf Tournament
Sponsored by Wal-Mart, in partnership with Sacred Heart Foundation, the Fall Invitational Golf Tournament benefits Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. The event is Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be held at Cypress Lakes Golf Club, 2365 Old Chemstrand Rd., in Cantonment. Cost is $100 per person or $400 per team, which includes greens-fee, cart, range balls, goodie bag and food. Deadline for registration form and entry fee is Oct. 31. To register, or for more information, please call Marina Holley at  Sacred Heart Foundation at 416-4665.

Alzheimer’s Family Services Miles of Memories
The Baptist Health Care-sponsored event is Nov. 12 from 8 to 10 a.m., at Seville Square. The 5k run/walk will benefit Alzheimer’s Family Services. Post-race celebration will include food, drinks, vendors, awards and music. For more information, contact Susan Sheets at 469-2305.

Adoption Walk
The 1.6-mile walk is Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. The walk begins at Gulf Coast Kids House and ends at Bayview Park. The event is sponsored by Baptist Health Care to spotlight Adoption Month. For more information, contact Tish Pennewill at 469-3621.

Art of Adoption
The Baptist Health Care-sponsored event is Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The reception and art show will feature photographs of children waiting for adoption. For more information, contact Tish Pennewill at 469-3261.

Sacred Heart Christmas Tree Lighting
Join the physicians, nurses and staff of Sacred Heart Health System for the annual lighting of the Sacred Heart Christmas tree Nov. 28 from 5 to 8p.m., at 5151 N. 9th Ave. There will be cookies and cider, gifts for the kids, caroling and some special visitors from the North Pole. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call Cat Outzen-Ellis at 416-1156.