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Sacred Heart to Close Parking Lot, Entrance for Construction of New Children's Hospital

Posted: 2/27/2017

Beginning March 6, patients and guests coming to the Sacred Heart Maternity and Women’s Center or The Children’s Hospital should enter through the main hospital entrance, which faces Ninth Avenue. Free valet parking will be available with extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- To prepare for construction of the new Studer Family Children’s Hospital, Sacred Heart will close the paved parking lot and entrance to The Children’s Hospital and Maternity and Women’s Center beginning March 6.

Patients and guests coming to The Children’s Hospital or Maternity and Women’s Center are encouraged to utilize free valet parking available at the main hospital entrance with extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patients may also park in the Ninth Avenue parking garage. Guests should then enter through the main hospital entrance, which faces Ninth Avenue, and proceed towards the lobby of The Children’s Hospital and Women’s Center. Wheelchairs are available at the front desk. Mothers in active labor will be escorted to the hospital’s OB Emergency Care Center. Extra signage is being added to the campus, and staff members will be ready to provide assistance with directions.

To offset the loss of parking areas due to construction of the new Children’s Hospital, a new paved parking lot for patients and visitors will be constructed in the grassy area on the east side of the Ninth Avenue parking garage.

“Our team is working very hard to minimize disruptions caused by construction,” said Henry Stovall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola and The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. “Patients and visitors to our campus remain the priority. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we grow our campus to serve the next generation of children and families.”

In December, construction trailers were set up behind the Ninth Avenue parking garage to serve as the onsite headquarters for hospital contractors. Fencing also went up at Ninth Avenue and Airport Boulevard to house construction materials.

In the first week of January, Sacred Heart began construction to extend College Parkway -- the road that runs between Lowe’s and the Sacred Heart Cancer Center. The road is being extended through a strip of wooded Sacred Heart property located behind the Carmel Heights Building. Once finished, the road will not be open to general traffic but will allow trucks and delivery vehicles to enter the Children’s construction area from College Parkway. Construction of this road extension should be complete by March.

The new four-story children’s hospital will be constructed in front of the existing Children’s Hospital, extending from the current pediatric transport ambulance bay into the parking lot. The new building will include a pediatric emergency department and trauma center, pediatric-dedicated operating rooms, neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric oncology unit, medical/surgical beds, extended stay/observation beds, pediatric satellite pharmacy, pediatric inpatient rehabilitation gym and child life playrooms.

Upon opening, the new children’s hospital is expected to add 100 Sacred Heart jobs for the local community. This growth of healthcare services will also enable recruitment of new pediatric subspecialists.

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed facility that serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to pediatric intensive care, cancer care, rehabilitation and a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified physicians across 29 pediatric specialties. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit


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