Sacred Heart Health System has established itself as the most preferred hospital in Northwest Florida and the region's leader in providing high quality health care to children and adults.

Key services include a 566-bed hospital in Pensacola that includes the area's only Children's Hospital. Other key services include a Regional Heart and Vascular Institute, Stroke Center, Level II Trauma Center, a Cancer Center affiliated with M. D. Anderson Cancer Network, and a large regional network of primary care and specialty doctors stretching from Foley, Ala. to Apalachicola, Fla.

In 2003, the Health System added Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 76-bed community hospital in Walton County. In 2010, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, a 19-bed hospital, opened in Port St. Joe, Fla. Sacred Heart is part of Ascension, the nation's largest system of not-for-profit health care facilities. For more information, visit online at www.sacred-heart.org.

The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed children's hospital that offers care in a number of sub-specialties including pediatric oncology, surgery, general medicine and intensive care. It is home to the area's only Level III neonatal intensive care unit. A PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency with an emphasis in pediatrics is available.


The pharmacy department employs approximately over thirty clinical pharmacists. The services provided by the department include profile review, drug information, pharmacokinetics, and nutrition support, among many others


Feel free to contact any of us with any questions:

Jerry Smith, PharmD, MSHA, CRPh
Director of Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Email: JDSmith@ascension.org
Office: 850-416-7712

Melissa Diamond, PharmD, MS, CRPh
Pharmacy Operations Manager
Residency Program Coordinator
Email: Melissa.Diamond@ascension.org
Office: 850-416-7145

Shane Chordas, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Residency Program Coordinator
Email: Shane.Chordas@ascension.org
Office: 850-416-5479

Residency Program Required Rotations

Sacred Heart Hospital - Pensacola
Adult Emphasis

  • Departmental Orientation/ Staffing
  • Adult Internal Medicine (one month)
  • Pediatric General medicine (one month)
  • Adult Critical Care (one month)
  • Infectious diseases (one month)

The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart
Pediatric Emphasis

  • Departmental orientation/staffing
  • Adult internal medicine (one month)
  • Pediatric general medicine (one month)
  • Neonatal intensive care (one month)
  • Pediatric intensive care (one month)
  • Infectious diseases (one month)

Possible Electives

  • Administrative
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Oncology
  • Outpatient IVT
  • Perioperative
  • Pulmonology
  • Women's Health
  • Flexible options are available for specific interests


  • Stipend of $47,500 yearly
  • Full dental, health, and vision coverage
  • 12 days of paid time off
  • Personal Laptops
  • Paid attendance at a national clinical meeting and the regional residency conference

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