To better serve patients in Gulf and Franklin counties, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf has opened an Intermediate Care Unit, which can accommodate very sick patients with a higher level of care than previously availableat SHHG.


To better serve patients in Gulf and Franklin counties, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf has opened an Intermediate Care Unit, which can accommodate very sick patients with a higher level of care than previously availableat SHHG. The additional unit required adding cardiac monitors, extra oxygen lines for ventilation or Bipap, and closed circuit TVs for continuous monitoring.



These new services will allow SHHG to offer a higher level of care or “intermediate care services” due to the full-time hospitalists and current nursing staff with critical care experience. Expected benefits include increased patient satisfaction as fewer patients will require transfer to other larger hospitals for atrial fib or chest pain (when ruled out for heart attack). It will also allow Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf to provide services to patients who need more complex surgeries, including those who need to be on a ventilator following their procedure. 



Kathy Chastain, Chief Nursing Officer said, “These services will be beneficial not only to patients but also to their family members who live in the community.  They can visit their family members far easier, as we are far closer than traveling to neighboring Bay County. 



“As always, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf strives to meet the needs of our local community while providing excellent care.”