PENSACOLA -- Ascension Sacred Heart has named Henry Stovall as regional president to lead Ascension Sacred Heart hospitals serving the Emerald Coast and Gulf County.


He will replace Roger Hall, who will retire as president of the two hospitals on July 5, after 18 years of service that produced a steady growth of high-quality healthcare services in Walton County and Gulf County.


Stovall also will oversee Ascension Sacred Heart Bay, where he will work closely with its hospital President Heath Evans to expand services in Panama City and Bay County.


Stovall served as president of Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola between 2012 and 2019 and also served as president of the Studer Family Children's Hospital in Pensacola. He was instrumental in advancing the hospital's clinical capabilities and cementing its role as the regional leader in specialized areas such as neuroscience and pediatrics.


"At a time when our staff and the communities we serve are facing the coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to regain an experienced, proven leader who already knows our health system and lives our values," said Susan Cornejo, chief operating officer for Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast.


"Henry is well equipped to continue the tremendous record of success that our Emerald Coast and Gulf County hospitals have achieved under Roger Hall's leadership. Like Roger, he has shown the ability to build strong relationships with community leaders, physicians and our associates."


Stovall has held many leadership positions in healthcare for more than 30 years. Before joining Ascension Sacred Heart, he managed a healthcare advisory service firm that specialized in interim executive management and large-scale project management. Other past roles include Corporate Vice President of Presbyterian Healthcare System in Dallas, Texas, various executive positions at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Vice President and Partner at Hay Management Consultants in Dallas.


Stovall earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College, a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Mississippi, and completed a postgraduate residency in hospital administration at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.


About Ascension Sacred Heart


In Florida, Ascension operates Ascension Sacred Heart based in Pensacola and Ascension St. Vincent’s based in Jacksonville. Together, Ascension Florida operates eight hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care and employs more than 11,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension Sacred Heart and Ascension St. Vincent’s have served North Florida communities for more than 145 years. In fiscal year 2019, they provided nearly $180 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org and www.studerfamilychildrenshospital.com.