Sacred Heart & Providence Hospital to Host Regional Patient Safety Conference for Healthcare Providers

October 2, 2015 4:45 pm Published by

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) will host a regional conference on Monday, October 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at

Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola. The program is jointly sponsored by Sacred Heart Hospital and Providence Hospital. Sacred Heart Hospital and Providence Hospital are members of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

Nurses, physicians, patient care technicians, and occupational and speech therapists are invited to attend. Sacred Heart Health System Chief Operating Officer Kerry Eaton will serve as the keynote speaker in a presentation titled “Leadership Lessons and Occupational Health.”

This year’s conference agenda, with the theme “Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: An Ocean of Possibilities,” will also feature presentations by nationally known experts in safety and patient care, including:

  • “The VA Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program:  Results of Six Years of Research,” Deborah Rugs, PhD-Investigator, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry
  • “Promoting Safe Transfers and Movement for the Patient of Size,” Dee Kumpar, MBA, BSN, RN, CSPHP
  • “Integrating Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Programs with Rehabilitation Paradigms: Separating Fact from Fiction,” Andrew Rich, MS, OTR/L, CSPHP
  • “Building a strong SPHM program:  Overcoming the obstacles,” Ronda Fritz, RN, BSN, MA
  • “Establishing a Safe Patient Mobilization Program:  Putting Theory into Practice,”  Panel Discussion

Attendees will also have multiple opportunities to speak to vendors. The conference will be held in Sacred Heart Hospital’s Greenhut Auditorium, located at 5151 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola. Registration will open at 7 a.m., and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The price is $125 for ASPHP members and $140 for non-members. Students will have a discounted price at $75. Price includes continental breakfast and lunch. Seven contact hours are available for registered nurses. Contact hours have been applied for Nursing Home Administrators in Alabama and Florida.

To register, visit (under Regional Networking Events). For questions, please call 610-248-9911.


About Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola (SHHP) is a 566-bed acute care hospital that has been rated by area consumers as the most preferred hospital in the Pensacola area and the best for quality and
reputation.  For almost 100 years, its mission has been to provide high-quality compassionate healthcare to all persons in need, with special attention to those who are poor or vulnerable. SHHP serves as a regional medical center with expertise in providing specialized care for treatment of heart disease, cancer, stroke, bone and joint diseases, and traumatic illnesses and injuries, as well as care to women with high-risk pregnancies. More women choose to have their babies at Sacred Heart than any other hospital in Northwest Florida. Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus also is home to The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, the region’s only hospital dedicated to care of infants and children with acute injuries or illnesses. The Pensacola facilities are the hub of Sacred Heart Health System and its network of hospitals, outpatient medical parks, long-term care facility and a large group of 150 primary care physicians and specialists. Sacred Heart Hospital was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1915 in a beautiful building that still stands on 12th Avenue in Pensacola. In 1965, the hospital was relocated to its present site on 9th Avenue. The hospital is part of Ascension Health’s Gulf Coast Ministry Market. For more information, visit

About Providence Hospital

Providence Hospital, a 349-bed facility located on a 277-acre campus in west Mobile, cares for more than 15,000 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients each year. Specialized services offered at Providence include a comprehensive cancer center, open-heart surgery, obstetrics, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites. Providence Health System’s physician network includes more than 70 physicians in fourteen practice locations in southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi. Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1854, Providence Hospital is part of Ascension Health’s Gulf Coast Ministry Market. For more information, visit

About Ascension

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 persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. More than 150,000 associates and 35,000 affiliated providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 131 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.