Pediatric endocrinologist joins Sacred Heart, University of Florida Health

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February 15, 2018

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Berrin Ergun-Longmire 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 in March, Longmire will see patients in The Children’s Hospital and in her outpatient office, located at 5375 N. Ninth Ave. on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus.


As a pediatric endocrinologist, Longmire diagnoses and treats problems with growth, puberty, diabetes and other disorders related to hormones and the glands that produce them. To schedule an appointment with Longmire or other pediatric specialists at Sacred Heart, call 850-416-1575.


Longmire is fellowship trained and board certified in pediatric endocrinology. She graduated with her medical degree from Istanbul University in Turkey, and she completed her pediatric residency training at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. Longmire completed a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, where she received a fellowship teaching grant from the National Institutes of Health.


Longmire has 16 years of pediatrics experience. She comes to Pensacola from Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, where she was director of the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. Her other previous positions include serving as chief of pediatric endocrinology at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and as division chief of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at The Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore, where she received the LifeBridge Health Champion of Care Award and was named one of America’s Top Pediatricians by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.


Longmire is a member of the Endocrine Society, the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the American Diabetes Association. Longmire has been published in peer-reviewed journals and medical textbooks. Throughout her career, Dr. Longmire has served as principal investigator on studies focusing on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in pediatric patients, and she has given numerous professional presentations on topics ranging from growth disorders in childhood to childhood obesity and the Type 2 diabetes epidemic in pediatrics.


Sacred Heart’s affiliation with UF Health launched in 2017 to provide an expanded range of specialized pediatric care. In the past year, 20 physician specialists have been hired (15 by the University of Florida College of Medicine and five by Sacred Heart Medical Group), providing care in pediatric cardiology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric infectious diseases, pediatric nephrology, pediatric orthopedic surgery, pediatric pulmonology, pediatric surgery and pediatric urology.


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 construction at Sacred Heart of a new four-story children’s hospital. The new children’s hospital will include a pediatric emergency department and trauma center, pediatric procedure rooms, 72-bed neonatal intensive care unit, medical/surgical beds, pediatric imaging department, pediatric satellite pharmacy, pediatric inpatient rehabilitation gym, child life playrooms, outdoor gardens and a new family-friendly dining venue.


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 pediatric intensive care, cancer care, rehabilitation and a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified physicians across 29 pediatric specialties. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. 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, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola, Fla.  and Providence Hospital and Providence Medical Group based in Mobile, Ala.  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 22 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 six 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, UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and UF Health Neuromedicine 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.


Mike Burke
(850) 416-1153