Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Names New VP of Nursing

  • Share:
October 23, 2018

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact: Mary Jo Gustave, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator (850) 278-3289
 

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Names New VP of Nursing

 
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2018) – Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (SHHEC) is pleased to announce that Barbara Jeanne (BJ) Fontaine has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Nursing for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.
Fontaine has been a vital member of Sacred Heart Health System for 15 years and brings 21 years of experience in the medical field to her new position. Fontaine served as the Manager of Quality and Patient Safety for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf since 2015 and was promoted to Director of Quality and Patient Safety for both hospitals in 2017. Fontaine previously held positions of Clinical Education Manager, Clinical Educator, ICU Coordinator/Staff RN and Med/Surg Staff RN/Charge RN. In her new role, Fontaine will be responsible for leading and directing nursing and ancillary services.
 
“Sacred Heart Health System is blessed with an exceptional leadership team, dedicated caregivers and support staff,” said Roger Hall, President of SHHEC. “Her professional management skills and interrelated experience has well prepared and qualified her for a successful move into this executive leadership position.” Hall added.
 
Fontaine earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University of Alabama-Birmingham, and her master’s degree from American Sentinel University. She and her family have been residents of Walton County since 1996 and are active members in the community.
 
Fontaine assumes the position previously managed by Nina Jeffords, the hospital’s chief nursing officer. Jeffords was part of the original leadership team that opened SHHEC in 2003 and she recently retired after 37 years of service with Ascension.
 
About Sacred Heart Health System
In Florida, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health based in Pensacola and St. Vincent’s HealthCare based in Jacksonville.  Together, Ascension operates seven hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care, and they employ nearly 10,000 associates. Across the region, Sacred Heart and St. Vincent’s have served North Florida communities for more than 145 years. In fiscal year 2017, they provided $168 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty. Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension includes approximately 165,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 153 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Sacred Heart Health System, visit www.sacred-heart.org.
###