Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Names New Medical Surgical Unity Manager

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January 10, 2019

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Names New Medical Surgical Unit Manager

 Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has named Brenda Real as the new Nurse Manager of the Medical Surgical Unit at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (SHHEC).  
Real comes to Sacred Heart from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) where she served in roles including RN in the pre-procedure and post-surgical units, and Heart and Vascular Center, and as a nurse manager and research nurse coordinator. Prior to her joining UAB she served at Ascension’s St. Vincent’s East in Birmingham as a registered nurse in various settings. She brings more than 17 years of nursing experience to her new position.
“Sacred Heart Health System is blessed with an exceptional leadership team, dedicated caregivers and support staff,” said Roger Hall, President of SHHEC. “Brenda’s professional management skills and interrelated experience has well prepared and qualified her for a successful move into this executive leadership position.” Hall added.
Real earned her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from University of West Florida in 2016 and her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Jacksonville State University in 2018.     
About Ascension
In Florida, Ascension operates St. Vincent’s HealthCare based in Jacksonville and Sacred Heart Health based in Pensacola. Together, they operate seven hospitals and more than 100 sites of care, and they employ more than 10,000 associates. Across the region. St. Vincent’s and Sacred Heart 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 ( 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.