|Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Bevin Weeks|
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Bevin Weeks has joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Medicine, which is affiliated with The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. Beginning in September, Weeks will practice on Sacred Heart’s Ninth Avenue campus in Pensacola.
Weeks is fellowship trained and board certified in pediatric cardiology. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Boston College and her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Weeks completed her residency training in pediatrics at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Weeks comes to Pensacola from Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital, where she performed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology and has spent the past 12 years as an assistant professor of pediatrics. At Yale, Weeks serves as the director of the Kawasaki Disease Clinic and as co-director for the fetal cardiovascular center. She has also been director over medical student and resident education for the section of pediatric cardiology.
Weeks has presented her research findings at international professional meetings and has been published in peer-reviewed journals and medical textbooks. She has been a reviewer for the American Journal of Perinatology, and she currently serves on the advisory board for the Pediatric Review and Education Program Cardiology section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
UF Health and Sacred Heart announced in September 2016 a collaboration to provide an expanded range of specialized pediatric care, with the goal of building a regional pediatric physicians’ network that ultimately stretches from Pascagoula, Mississippi, to Apalachicola, Florida. In addition to Weeks, UF Health has hired four pediatric specialists since January -- pediatric nephrologist Dr. Edward Kohaut, pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Gulnur Com and pediatric gastroenterologists Dr. Alan Sacks and Dr. Robert Dillard. Kohaut has relocated his practice to the Sacred Heart Pediatric Care Center. Sacks and Dillard will join him in July, and Com will follow in September.
UF Health is recognized among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in nine pediatric medical specialties. In addition to pediatric specialty care, Sacred Heart and UF Health have collaborated to launch a new kidney transplant program to benefit the thousands of individuals across the Southeast awaiting a lifesaving transplant. Sacred Heart’s pediatric and OB/GYN physician residency programs are also affiliated with the UF College of Medicine.
The expansion of pediatric specialty services coincides with the start of construction at Sacred Heart of a new, four-story children’s hospital. The hospital will be connected to the front of the existing children’s hospital and will include a pediatric emergency room and trauma center, new procedure rooms dedicated to pediatric surgery, an expanded neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric oncology unit, a medical/surgical unit, observation beds and a pediatric rehabilitation gym.
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 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. Sacred Heart Health System is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit www.sacred-heart.org/childrenshospital.