Our History, Our Mission

It is a tradition of philanthropy, of giving help to others.

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Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation

Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation is a philanthropic advocate in support of Ascension Sacred Heart. In that role, we actively encourage contributions and invite volunteer participation to support the work of Ascension Sacred Heart hospitals to improve health care and social services for the sick and poor of all ages in our region. Please join us in our mission. You can help bring the power of hope, healing, and new beginning to our community – welcoming all through our doors, regardless of their ability to pay. 

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Our Team

Our team is made up of experienced professionals deeply dedicated to answering the needs of our community through Ascension Sacred Heart. We embrace our role, and work together with our board, businesspeople and medical professionals throughout our region to ensure every man, woman and child among us can have access to the best possible care and treatment.

Carol Carlan

Emily Ioakim

CMN Development Coordinator emily.ioakim@ascension.org 850.416.4665

Hope Lukasik

Development Coordinator hope.lukasik@ascension.org 850.416.4660

Janet Piepul

Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving janet.piepul@ascension.org 850.278.3704

Cortlandt Roces

Jennifer Saba

Annual Giving Coordinator jennifer.saba@ascension.org 850.416.4661

Lisa Wainwright

Gillian Ward

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Our Board

Our board is an extraordinary mixture of community and business leaders who generously, selflessly, provide oversight and guidance in governance of Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation. It is only through their relentless support that we are able to fulfill our mission and advance the goals the Foundation set out so long ago. Their support makes all the difference to us – and to the people we serve.

Michael Baggett

Senior Financial Advisor / Senior V.P. Wealth Management, Mazenko/Baggett Group

Aaron Ball

Co-Founder, MediaTech Direct

Justin Beck

CEO, Beck Partners

Autumn Blackledge

Autumn Beck Blackledge PLLC

Nina Hess Campbell

Design Associate at Aqua Décor & Design

Pam Heinold

Broker Associate, Better Homes & Garden Real Estate

Justin T. Holman

The Holman Law Firm

James Hosman

Market President, Centennial Bank

Michael Johnson

Owner, State Farm Insurance

Jane Lauter

President, The Kugelman Family Foundation

Ric Nickelsen

Vice President, Commercial Lending, Smartbank

Wes Payne

Commercial/Residential Real Estate Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker

Wes Reeder

Managing Partner, Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon

Thomas Roche

Owner, Drug Free Workplaces

Kerry Anne Schultz

Schultz Law Group, P.L.L.C.

Mallory Studer

Marketing & Branding Manager, Bodacious Shops

Chris Tilley

General Manager, Cordova Mall

A century ago, the people of Pensacola called for help for better healthcare. The Daughters of Charity responded to that need by building a hospital that provides medical excellence within an atmosphere of true compassion and inclusiveness. Dedicated to offering welcoming arms to all those who come through our doors, including the poor and most vulnerable. Today, Ascension Sacred Heart has become the catalyst for the future of health care in our region.

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The Hospital’s tradition began through another tradition: the tradition of philanthropy, of giving to help others. For it was through the vision and generosity of one man, who contributed $500, and his 19 friends, whom he solicited for matching gifts of $500, that gave our community the ultimate gift – Ascension Sacred Heart.

Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation, certainly, is much younger but we share the same traditions, mission and values. In 1984, Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation was formed as a not-for-profit, philanthropic organization committed to enhancing the current and future healthcare needs of the Gulf Coast by supporting Ascension Sacred Heart’s programs, capital building and equipment needs.