Studer Family Children’s Hospital

Welcome to The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, Northwest Florida’s only hospital solely dedicated to the care of sick and injured babies and children.

The Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from the area’s only Level III neonatal intensive care unit to pediatric intensive care, cancer care, rehabilitation and more than 120 board-certified physicians across 30 pediatric specialties.

Our pediatric emergency room and pediatric trauma referral center are available when you need us most, and our neonatal and pediatric ambulances – coupled with our pediatric helicopter – bring life-saving care to communities across our region. For children with chronic conditions and complex medical problems, we provide a wide array of highly-trained pediatric subspecialists in affiliation with University of Florida Health.

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay.

Why Choose a Children’s Hospital?

True pediatric care is more than a colorful room with kid-friendly artwork and toys.

Only 6 percent of hospital emergency departments are fully equipped to care for children. The Studer Family Children’s Hospital offers Northwest Florida’s only pediatric trauma center and the only pediatric emergency room backed by specialists.

A child’s airway is different in both size and shape from an adult’s, which makes inserting a breathing tube before surgery more difficult. The Children’s Hospital as pediatric anesthesiologists who know how to safely provide sleep medicine for each child.

Children lose heat and fluids more easily than adults, so the Children’s Hospital takes extra steps during surgery to ensure children receive fluids and stay warm.

Children have smaller organs and veins than adults. Pediatric surgeons at the Children’s Hospital have the expertise to operate in tiny spaces.

Children may have a hard time explaining how they feel. Caregivers and child-life specialists at the Children’s Hospital know how to explain procedures, monitor pain and anticipate emotions so patients can have the best hospital experience possible.

The Children’s Hospital Difference

Where your child is our specialty
Our medical staff includes more than 120 board-certified/eligible doctors practicing in more than 30 different pediatric specialties who live and work right here on the Gulf Coast. As the region’s only children’s hospital, we also offer an entire team specially trained to care for children, including:

  • Pediatric radiologists
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric pharmacists
  • Pediatric respiratory therapists
  • Pediatric physical, speech and occupational therapists
  • Pediatric dietary services
  • Pediatric social services
  • Child life program

Hospital designed for kids
Our hospital is a place especially designed for children and their families with interactive play areas, red wagons in our halls, Ronald McDonald Family Family Room, outdoor playground and a playroom as some of the amenities we offer to make you feel comfortable and at home.

Special equipment and medical technology
Whether your child is a 1-pound preemie or a high school football player, we have special-sized equipment to care for your child. In addition, we have a state-of-the-art pediatric CT Scanner able to scan a child in 40 seconds while also producing the most detailed images with the lowest possible radiation.

Family-centered care
You know your child best, so we involve you and your child in all discussions and decisions about the care your child will receive.

Child-centered programming
To a child, hospitals can be a scary place so we developed programs to meet your child’s diverse needs. We have facility dogs here to comfort your loved one, child life specialists rounding the floors, and a hospital-wide initiative to eliminate or reduce needle pain.

Certifications and Awards

  • Baby-Friendly Hospital
  • Asthma-Friendly Hospital
  • Recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion
  • Safe Kids Zone by Gulf Coast Kid’s House
  • Certified by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • From Professional Research Consultants: Top 10 percentile in overall quality of care for x-ray, medical/surgical care, and infusion 
  • Award of Distinction for Excellent Performance for the Emergency Department and Overall Quality of Care
  • 11 providers were recognized in the Top 10 percentile in overall rating

Our partners
The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart is proud to partner with our local physician practices, as well as national subspecialty pediatric physician practices and organizations throughout the Gulf Coast to bring the highest level of care available to our communities.