MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. - South Walton has seen rapid growth in the past 30 years, and it's only expected to continue. Just as the community changes, so do the services.
"We do well over 1,200 and expect to be doing 1,500 deliveries over the next year," said Roger Hall, President of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. "So our community is growing and so that requires the hospital to grow."
Sacred Heart has finished a $30 million expansion to several of its services they broke ground on in September 2015 to the maternity ward as well as inpatient care. The construction is complete, and the facilities are now getting their finishing touches.
"The way that it's set up will be better for nursing work flow and ultimately better for the patients," said Melissa Day, Nurse Manager for the Medical Surgical Unit.
The expansion gives the unit 12 additional rooms, bringing their total number to 40. It also gives them the option to separate medical patients from recovering surgical patients.
"(It's) good from an infection control standpoint cause you want to keep your surgical patients kind of away from some of your more infectious patients," said Day.
In the Family Birth Place, 12 new rooms were added as well.
"Soon after we get used to our new 12 post-partum beds, we will begin working on the addition of a 10-bed, level 2 NICU," said Barbara Glassman, Patient Care Director for the Family Birth Place.
Early next year, the hospital will demolish eight of its older postpartum rooms to make way for the state-of-the-art facility intended to keep high risk babies with their families. The new rooms will open on January 10th. Sacred Heart also renovated its emergency department, but that won't be complete until late January.
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