Sacred Heart Health System has named Kerry Eaton, RN, as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Sacred Heart Health System has named Kerry Eaton, RN, as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Starting Monday, Eaton took responsibilities for Sacred Heartís hospitals in Pensacola, Destin, and Port St. Joe as well as its outpatient facilities in six counties from Baldwin County, Ala. to Gulf County, Fla. 

She comes to Pensacola with more than 25 years of experience in hospital leadership. She served most recently as senior vice president and chief operating officer at St. Vincentís Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn.  Eaton also served in a variety of other leadership roles at St. Vincentís, including chief administrative officer, vice president of patient outcomes, and director of case management. Kerry began her career in nursing and served as an emergency department head nurse.

Susan Davis, the president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System, said, ďI have known Kerry for many years and there is no one who is more passionate about quality improvement, patient safety and excellent outcomes than Kerry. She is recognized for her expertise in operations leadership and the ability to consistently produce high-quality care and strong patient satisfaction.Ē

Eaton is a graduate of the Ona M. Wilcox School of Nursing. She obtained her bachelorís degree in nursing from Central Connecticut State University and her masterís degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut.  For the past six years, Kerry served as a courtesy faculty instructor at the Yale University School of Nursing where she taught a graduate level course on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

About Sacred Heart Health System

Sacred Heart Health System is Northwest Floridaís leading provider of high quality health care to children and adults. The hub of the Health System is the 466-bed Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola that includes the regionís only Womenís and Childrenís Hospital. In 2011 and 2012, Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola was rated in an independent national study among the top 5 percent in the nation for superior patient outcomes.

Key services also include a Regional Heart and Vascular Institute, a regional Stroke Center, Level II Trauma Center, a Cancer Center affiliated with MD Anderson Physicians Network, and a large regional network of 150 physicians with offices stretching from Foley, Ala. to Apalachicola, Fla.

In 2003, the Health System opened Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 58-bed community hospital in Walton County that is rated among the top hospitals in the United States for patient satisfaction. In March 2010, the new Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, a 19-bed hospital, opened in Port St. Joe, Fla. This year, Sacred Heart formed a joint venture with LHP Hospital Group to lease and operate Bay Medical Center in Panama City.

Sacred Heart has more than 4,000 employees and is part of Ascension Health, the nationís largest system of Catholic and nonprofit health care facilities.  For more information, call 850-416-7000 or visit online at