Sacred Heart, UF Health Bring Pediatric Infectious Disease Care to Region

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October 20, 2017
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October 10, 2017                                                                                                             
Contact: Mike Burke
(850) 416-1153
Sacred Heart, UF Health Bring Pediatric Infectious Disease Care to Region
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Children in North Florida with severe, complicated or recurrent infections can now receive specialized healthcare services closer to home, thanks to a new service from The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart and University of Florida Health in Pensacola.
Pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. David Shapiro 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 this month, Shapiro will practice full-time on Sacred Heart’s Ninth Avenue campus in Pensacola. He is the only pediatric infectious disease specialist in North Florida.
As an infectious disease specialist, Shapiro treats children with conditions such as respiratory infections, bone and joint infections, tuberculosis, hepatitis, meningitis, MRSA infection and C. difficile, as well as Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases and infections.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shapiro or other UF Pediatric Specialists at Sacred Heart, please call 850-416-1575.
Shapiro graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he completed residency training in pediatrics at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Shapiro comes to Pensacola from a pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.
Shapiro has 20 years of medical experience in the U.S. Navy. He has served as senior medical adviser to Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor at the Washington Navy Yard and Walter Reed Military Medical Center, director of clinical informatics for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C., and head of the department of pediatrics for the Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point.
Shapiro is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He has been published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society and in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
UF Health and Sacred Heart are collaborating to provide an expanded range of specialized pediatric care, with the goal of building a regional pediatric physicians’ network that ultimately stretches from Pascagoula, Mississippi, to Apalachicola, Florida. The UF College of Medicine has hired 12 pediatric specialists since January, and Sacred Heart Medical Group has hired five pediatric specialists since April.
UF Health 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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