Sacred Heart Health System Names Chief Operating Officer

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM.

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

Starting Monday, Eaton took responsibilities for Sacred Heart’s 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. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn.  Eaton also served in a variety of other leadership roles at St. Vincent’s, 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, “I 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.”

Eaton is a graduate of the Ona M. Wilcox School of Nursing. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Central Connecticut State University and her master’s 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 Florida’s 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 region’s only Women’s and Children’s 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.

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