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Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast named to list of nation’s 100 Top Hospitals

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast has again been named to the 100 Top Hospitals® list among 2,650 acute care hospitals in the United States.

Merative, formerly IBM Watson Health, released its 2022 rankings of the top hospitals and health systems in the U.S., in partnership with Fortune, on June 30. This award marks the 6th time that the Ascension Sacred Heart hospital has made the list of the top performing hospitals in the nation.

“Earning this national recognition for the 6th time is truly remarkable and a testament to all of our associates and physicians who always put patients first,” said Henry Stovall, regional president of Ascension Sacred Heart. “We’ve had a special relationship with this community for almost 20 years. We will continue to deliver the compassionate, high-quality healthcare that everyone in our community deserves.”

This year’s 100 Top Hospitals study found that significantly better outcomes were provided by the top hospitals. Compared to most hospitals, the winners:

  • Had lower inpatient mortality
  • Had fewer patient complications
  • Delivered care that resulted in fewer infections
  • Had lower 30-day mortality and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Kept inpatient expenses low while still maintaining a healthy financial environment
  • Scored higher on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience
  • Merative, a healthcare analytics company, developed this year’s list to help identify best practices that may help other health care organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance. The list is determined using independent and objective research, including data from Medicare patient records. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. The annual list is now published by Fortune Magazine. For more information, visit

    Since its opening in 2003, Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast has consistently been ranked high among U.S. hospitals for the quality of its care and patient satisfaction survey scores. In May, the hospital earned the top safety grade of “A”  from Leapfrog Group, a national organization focused on preventing errors, accidents, injuries and infections in U.S. hospitals.

    In 2021 and 2022, the hospital also was named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals.