• October 2018 Business Briefs / Member News Part 4

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    October 30, 2018
    Maternal-Fetal Medicine Doctor Joins Sacred Heart in Okaloosa, Walton Counties
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald CoastMaternal-fetal medicine doctor Henry Roqué, MD, has joined the Sacred Heart Regional Perinatal Center. Roqué will offer outpatient consultations for women with high-risk pregnancies at Sacred Heart’s offices in Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, Crestview and Pensacola. Roqué has more than 24 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, and he completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut.  He received a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. He comes to Northwest Florida from Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., where his roles included director of perinatology and medical director of the Family Life Center. 

    Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center is Awarded Funding by the Sea Turtle Grants Program
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center received a grant for $9,182.28 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. The C.A.R.E. Center received the grant to purchase medical and surgical equipment in support of increased sea turtle rehabilitation needs. The items purchased with this funding include an anesthetic ventilator, an ECG temperature monitor, a surgical table warmer, a surgical instrument pack, an anesthesia oxygen supply H tank regulator and connectors, a large platform scale, and more. 

    Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty Makes Generous Donation to PFCAC
    Scenic Sotheby's International Realty - Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy CenterBroker Blake Morar and his associate Carrie Shoaf of Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty have been hard at work selling and buying homes for Jim and Tammy Pierce. The Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center (PFCAC) in Walton County is named after the couple. Morar’s team sold the Pierce’s home in Sandestin and generously donated more than $13,000 of that real estate commission to PFCAC. In addition, Morar supported the PFCAC with a room donation in 2016, and he purchased a live auction package that directly benefited the center. At the check presentation, Blake issued a challenge to area real estate companies and businesses to encourage them to donate some of their profits to PFCAC to help the kids. Seen here are Morar and Shoaf with Julie Hurst-Porterfield, CEO of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

    Twin Cities Hospital Partners with Sharing of Caring of Niceville
    Twin Cities HospitalWhen it comes to giving back, Twin Cities Hospital employees always step up to help, and this year is no different. In the spring, Twin Cities Hospital employees decided to partner with Sharing and Caring in Niceville for a community project that would guarantee families in need a happy and merry Christmas. Employees adopted five families who had registered for assistance with Sharing and Caring in Niceville. The “adoption” means each family would be provided with meals, table decorations, and more for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The project was part of HCA’s 50 Days of Service, commemorating HCA’s 50th year anniversary. Projects were submitted by a number of hospitals throughout the United States. Those community projects chosen received $1,000 to the organization.

    On Oct. 3, 2018, Twin Cities Hospital hosted an ice cream social for their employees to celebrate the presentation of the $1,000 check to Sharing and Caring of Niceville. Seen here making the check presentation to Claire Jones of Sharing and Caring are Jones’ son, Andrew, Dave Whalen, Twin Cities Hospital CEO; Mark Day, CFO; Shaun Lampron, CNO; and other Twin Cities Hospital employees.

    The Henderson Beach Resort and Spa’s Inaugural Sweet Sunday Event Raises $3,000 for The Sonder Project
    The Henderson - The Sonder ProjectOn Sunday, Sept. 16, The Henderson Beach Resort and Spa hosted its first Sweet Sunday signature event. The inaugural event showcased the importance of saving the bees in our environment, celebrated local artisans, and, most importantly, raised a total of $3,000 for The Sonder Project. Sweet Sunday showcased a wide variety of artisans and vendors from around the Emerald Coast. The merchandise sold ranged from handmade jewelry, specially-made bikinis, and artwork to organic popsicles, vintage coats, and succulent plants.  The event raised money through generous donations from event goers, ticket sales from the grand prize raffle, and donations from the participating vendors. Due to the success of the event and high demand from vendors who wish to participate, The Henderson Beach Resort and Spa will host specialty themed Sweet Sunday events in the future. If you would like to participate in Sweet Sunday, please email caroline@proffittpr.com

    Pictured here are Caroline Boone, Proffitt PR; Jessica Bracken, Proffitt PR; Taylor Sheekley, Proffitt PR; Kim Catellier, The Sonder Project; Tovah Locke, The Henderson; David Mars, The Henderson; and Amy Wright, The Honey Hutch.

    Sell Your Gold Jewelry While Helping Child Abuse Victims
    Jim Burgess, manager of South Walton Jewelry & Pawn in Freeport, is offering to donate 20% of what he will pay to those who sell their gold jewelry at his shop to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers in Walton and Okaloosa counties. Based on weight and the price of gold, they will reimburse customers 100% of the agreed upon value. Then, on top of that, they will donate 20% of that amount to ECCAC in the customer’s name so that it is tax deductible for the customer. 

    Food for Thought Celebrates 2017-2018
    2017-2018 was an amazing year for Food for Thought, and we are so pleased to share our Annual Report. When you can, please take a moment to look over our yearbook, highlighting our biggest accomplishments, treasured donors and supporters, signature events, and unprecedented growth. 

    Destin Commons Donates to Children in Crisis
    Destin CommonsDestin Commons presented a $3,250 donation to Children in Crisis from funds generated through its “Coins for a Cause” program and the Smoke on the Coast event.  CIC will use the donation to feed, clothe, care and give a home to more than 100 children that will live at the CIC Neighborhood this year. Seen here, Destin Commons Senior Director of Marketing & Leasing Heather Ruiz presents the donation Children in Crisis President & CEO Ken Hair, along with the Destin Commons General Manager Robert Perry. 

    Air Force Enlisted Village Recognized by Air Force Association with Lifetime Achievement Award
    Air Force Enlisted VillageThe Air Force Association (AFA) recently recognized the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the Air, Space & Cyber Conference on Sept. 19, , during the Air Force Birthday Dinner in Arlington, Va. AFEV was one of five recipients of the award. AFA recognized AFEV for a 50-year mission of providing a home for and financial assistance to widows of retired enlisted Air Force members. AFA's Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have made contributions to the advancement of aerospace power throughout their lifetimes. AFA ensures that great accomplishments of the past continue to inspire our airmen now and in the future. Seen here AFEV President and CEO Brooke McLean is congratulated by Air Force Association Chairman of the Board, the honorable F. Whitten Peters.

    White Wilson Community Fund Foundation Helps CIC Kids
    White-Wilson Foundation - Children In CrisisThe supporters of White-Wilson Community Fund Foundation helped the kids living at Children in Crisis with a critical need that was not funded.  Thanks to the generous donation of $9,470.07 from the members of White-Wilson Community Fund and proceeds from the very successful annual “Little Black Dress” event, the children living at the CIC Neighborhood will get critical therapeutic help.  The funding will provide training, books, activities, and games to promote positive therapeutic interventions. 

    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Recognized for Low Cesarean Section Rates for First Time Mothers
    The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast as one of 20 Florida hospitals in 2017 that achieved the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) Maternal and Child Health goal focused on reducing cesarean section deliveries for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. AHCA and DOH announced the recognition awards to hospitals at the Florida Hospital Association’s annual meeting on Oct. 4, 2018, during the Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards Ceremony.

    Steven Clark Relocates to Sacred Heart Medical Group in Miramar Beach
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald CoastFamily Medicine physician Steven L. Clark, MD, has relocated to the Sacred Heart Medical Group offices in Miramar Beach, located at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Medical Office Building at 7720 U.S. Hwy. 98 West, Suite 350, in Miramar Beach. Clark is board-certified in family medicine and provides healthcare for infants to geriatric patients. He has more than 23 years of patient care experience, which includes serving as a family medicine physician and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He completed his family medicine residency at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital on Eglin Air Force Base,  and received his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif. 

    Area Businesses Help Raise $42,000 for Children in Crisis
    Children In CrisisThanks to Tuscany Italian Bistro, Tommy Bahama's Restaurant, Bar & Store, and other area restaurants and businesses, the 11th Annual Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic benefiting Children in Crisis (CIC) raised more than $42,000. The support will help feed, clothe, and care for the more than 100 at-risk children that will call the CIC Neighborhood home each year.

    Seen here, Ken Hair (right), CIC president and CEO, presents the winning prize to the team of Chris Poate, Michael Jones, Greg Lunday, and Antonia Poate.  

    Festival Proceeds to Benefit Children’s Charities
    Grand Boulevard - Howard GroupOn Oct. 3, founding partners and sponsors of South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival present a $20,000 check to Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) to benefit children’s charities. Seen here are Erin Story, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa; Rhonda Murray, Rowland Publishing Inc.; Chan Cox, Wine World; Fontella Hardman; Chelsea Calhoun, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin; John Russell, DCWAF; Doug Ingram, Coastal Accounting of NW Florida, PA; Karah Fridley-Young, DCWAF; Lynn Wesson, Howard Group; Kate MacMillan, DCWAF; Bill Bubel, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin; Melissa Vidaurre, DCWAF Foundation; Tanya Rauch, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals; Stacey Brady, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin; Myra Williams, Howard Group; Darla Harrison, Rowland Publishing Inc.; McKenzie Chapman, Rowland Publishing Inc.; Julie Dorr, Rowland Publishing, Inc.; Dan Parker, Rowland Publishing Inc.; and Stephanie Larabee, Community Bank
    Step One Automotive Group Successfully Celebrates Grand Opening of Buick GMC Cadillac Fort Walton Beach Raising $2,000 for Local Non-Profits
    Step One Automotive GroupStep One Automotive Group celebrated the grand opening of its recently acquired car dealership on Thursday, Sept. 27. The celebration officially welcomed the General Motors brands to the Step One Automotive Group family, while also raising $2,000 for local beneficiaries Northwest Florida Ballet and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. The celebration was hosted at the new dealership, located at 329 Miracle Strip Pkwy., in Fort Walton Beach. Seen here for the check presentation are Amanda Davis, Step One Automotive Group; Shawn Petley, Step One Automotive Group; Jeri Jo Fisher, Northwest Florida Ballet; Demetrius Fuller, Sinfonia Gulf Coast; Donnie Lewis, Step One Automotive Group; and Maureen Bierman, Step One Automotive Group.

    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Names New VP of Nursing 
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald CoastSacred 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. She 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 wducator, 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. Fontaine earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University of Alabama-Birmingham, and her master’s degree from American Sentinel University.
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