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Ascension Sacred Heart named a top-15 health system in the country

Fortune and PINC AI have named Ascension Sacred Heart one of the nation’s top 15 health systems for 2024, marking the first time it has made the distinguished list.


Sacred Heart is the only hospital system in the area and one of only two in Florida to earn a spot in the 2024 list. The other Florida system in the top 15 is Sacred Heart’s sister Ascension Florida system, St. Vincent’s in the Jacksonville area. Sacred Heart’s footprint spans across Northwest Florida including hospitals in Pensacola, Miramar Beach, Panama City and Port St. Joe.

This year, over 350 health systems in the United States were assessed for the top-15 list, which involved an analysis of eight performance indicators, including data on inpatient deaths, patient complications, healthcare-associated infections, operational efficiency and patient experience – all of which are metrics Sacred Heart outperformed other systems that do not appear in the top 15.

“Sacred Heart’s inclusion on this list is a testament to every associate’s commitment to providing high-quality, patient-centered care at our hospitals and facilities,” said Dr. Syed Jafri, Chief Clinical Officer for Ascension Florida. “We are blessed and thankful for our talented teams that have enabled our health system to be honored nationally. We look forward to continuing to serve those who need help the most.”

Additionally, PINC AI estimates that if all health systems performed at the same level as this year’s top performers, it could have saved more than 220,000 additional lives and an additional 196,000 patients could have been complication-free during a given year.

Performance rankings like these provide an objective measure of a health system’s ability to deliver consistent high-performing care across the communities they serve. To view the list of all 15 hospital systems, visit Fortune’s website. In addition to being named a top-15 hospital in the U.S., PINC AI and Fortune have also recognized Sacred Heart Pensacola as a top-50 cardiovascular hospital in the country seven times.

To learn more about Ascension Sacred Heart and find the closest care site near you, visit the website.

About Ascension Sacred Heart
Ascension Sacred Heart, based in Pensacola, Florida, operates five hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care and employs more than 6,440 associates. In fiscal year 2023, Ascension Sacred Heart provided more than $142 million in community benefit and care for persons living in poverty. Ascension is one of the nation’s leading non-profit and Catholic health systems, with a Mission of delivering compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2023, Ascension provided $2.2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 134,000 associates, 35,000 affiliated providers and 140 hospitals, serving communities in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org.