Pediatric Cardiologist Joins Sacred Heart, University of Florida Health

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October 20, 2017
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Oct. 6, 2017                                                                                                                                            
Contact: Mike Burke
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Pediatric cardiologist joins Sacred Heart, University of Florida Health
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Theresa Roca has joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Medicine, which is affiliated with The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. Beginning Nov. 1, Roca will see patients in The Children’s Hospital and in her new outpatient office, located at 1657 Trinity Dr. on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus.
Roca is fellowship trained and board certified in pediatric cardiology. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College, and she received her medical degree and completed her pediatric residency training at Tulane University School of Medicine. Roca completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Tulane University and Ochsner Hospital for Children in New Orleans. Roca has 22 years of experience practicing in pediatric cardiology. She comes to UF having spent the past 12 years in the division of pediatric cardiology for Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Pensacola.
Roca has been published in peer-reviewed journals and medical textbooks, and she has presented her research findings at the National Society of Pediatric Research annual meeting and at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting. Roca is a member of the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, and she is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology. Since 2003, she has been named to the Best Doctors® Poll, a peer-selected recognition to identify the physicians other physicians trust must.
As a pediatric cardiologist, Roca diagnoses and treats congenital and acquired heart conditions in infants, children, and adolescents. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Roca or other UF Health Pediatric Specialists at Sacred Heart, call 850-416-1575.
Sacred Heart’s affiliation with UF Health was launched earlier this year to provide an expanded range of specialized pediatric care. The UF College of Medicine has hired 11 pediatric specialists since January, and Sacred Heart Medical Group has hired five specialists since April.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is recognized among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in six pediatric medical specialties. In addition to pediatric specialty care, Sacred Heart and UF Health have collaborated to launch a new kidney transplant program to benefit the thousands of individuals across the Southeast awaiting a lifesaving transplant. Sacred Heart’s pediatric and OB/GYN physician residency programs are also affiliated with the UF College of Medicine.
The expansion of pediatric specialty services coincides with the start of construction at Sacred Heart of a new, four-story children’s hospital. The hospital will be connected to the front of the existing children’s hospital and will include a pediatric emergency room and trauma center, new procedure rooms dedicated to pediatric surgery, an expanded neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric oncology unit, a medical/surgical unit, observation beds and a pediatric rehabilitation gym. 
The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed facility that serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified physicians across 28 pediatric specialties. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. Sacred Heart Health System is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit
About Sacred Heart Health System
On the Gulf Coast, Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola, Florida, and Providence based in Mobile, Alabama, are part of Ascension. Together, these Ascension healthcare facilities have served Gulf Coast communities for more than 160 years and they employ more than 6,600 associates. Across the region, Ascension provided more than $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more on Sacred Heart Health System, visit
About University of Florida Health
UF Health is the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center. With main campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, UF Health includes six health colleges, nine research institutes and centers, two teaching hospitals, four specialty hospitals and a host of physician medical practices and outpatient services throughout North Central and Northeast Florida. Its mission is to promote health through outstanding and high-quality patient care, innovative and rigorous education in the health professions and biomedical sciences, and high-impact research across the spectrum of basic, translational and clinical investigation.
UF Health includes the UF colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, and Veterinary Medicine, which has both a large animal hospital and a small animal hospital. The system also encompasses several UF research institutes and centers. The full spectrum of patient-care services are provided through UF Health Shands Hospital and UF Health Jacksonville, UF’s private, not-for-profit affiliates. UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville includes UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital. Two additional specialty hospitals, UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital and UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, are also in Gainesville. UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North Hospital are the system’s Northeast Florida hospitals. UF Health offers a network of outpatient rehabilitation centers, two home health agencies in Gainesville and Jacksonville, and more than 100 UF physician outpatient practices throughout North Central and Northeast Florida.
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