New Year

New Year’s Eve—Sacred Heart Hospital, the pediatric unit.  Tonight the whole world is celebrating. I can already hear firecrackers in the distance. But on the third floor, the women in my life are gathered around a sick baby. My sister’s daughter, Lucy, was born ten days ago. She was dainty, tranquil,...
By Melanie Stewart Just when you think it couldn’t get any more exciting, it’s time for our Jugglers!  These two multi-tasking geniuses are designed to keep all the balls in the air making lightening fast responses and micro adjustments as needed to protect us. Please meet the gallbladder, valuable yet...

Makin’ Waves

Non-profits collaborate on unprecedented ‘ground game’ By Julie Sacco Porterfield First, I want to wish Safe Water for Walton a happy 1st birthday—and say “thank you” for giving us your presents! My colleagues and I see some first birthdays in our community that are anything but happy. Like you, I never...
New mothers at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast have access to the highest level of breastfeeding support and education available, thanks to the hospital’s efforts to become recognized as a Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of...
Sacred Heart Medical Group Pediatrics Hosts FREE Ask the Doc: Healthy Moms & Babies Class Pregnant women and new moms are invited to join Sacred Heart Medical Group Pediatrics for a free “Ask the Doc” class about giving babies a healthy start. Led by Stephen Bolduc, MD, MS, FAAP, the class...

Communicating With Teens

By Christine Rushford, Coastal Counseling Many parents complain that their teenagers no longer talk with them. Communication has now taken the form of sullen mumbling or random, rage-filled outbursts. Many teens prefer the company of friends rather than family which leads to hurt feelings all around. As children turn into...
Local Nonprofit Working to Support Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Efforts along Emerald Coast Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) leads the fight against suicide. They are dedicated to saving lives and bringing...
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. “Protecting patients from harm is...
By Christine Rushford    Tickets to the holiday show…check. Sparkly Christmas dresses to wear…check. Fancy dinner before the show…check. Epic meltdown in the lobby of the theatre where you miss the entire show…check! During the holiday season it is very easy for parents to get swept up in the social pressures of providing “The...
Caregivers of persons suffering with Parkinson’s disease are invited to join a new monthly Parkinson’s support group meeting hosted by Somerby Senior Living and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Somerby Senior Living located at 164 West Hewett...

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