“Sacred Heart Has My Heart”

Mallory Studer knows first-hand what a difference accessibility to a child-centered hospital – such as The Studer Family Children’s Hospital – can make for a community and its visitors. She was in the fourth grade when her family went tent camping in Deadwood Gulch, South Dakota. As her brother Mike, who was in the first grade, kicked a soccer ball and went to retrieve it, he was crushed by a bobcat dirt mover whose driver did not see the small boy.

After paramedics resuscitated him, he was taken to a 15-bed critical access hospital; then transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit of another hospital some distance away. Mallory recalls how grateful her parents, Quint and Rishy Studer, were that Mike was going to get the treatment there that he needed to survive the trauma.

“Children are not tiny adults,” Mallory says. “There is a big difference between giving a child care and an adult care.” The new Children’s Hospital will provide the kind of reassurance that all parents need – that their child is in the right place. The community and vacationers alike will not have to face transferring that child out of the area for trauma or specialized care.

Mallory is passionate about people, education in all forms, the arts, healthcare and innovation. She has served as a volunteer for numerous not-for-profit groups. “I am blessed with so many opportunities that it would be remiss of me not to give back to the community. It is important to pay it forward.”

She sits on the boards of the local PBS station (WSRE) and Autism Pensacola. “I’ve worked with Autism Pensacola quite a bit, helping and giving them the extra love and attention they deserve.” Additionally, she has volunteered at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Take Stock in Children, Habitat for Humanity, and Impact 100.

She adds, “It is my privilege also to serve on The Sacred Heart Foundation Board because the work it does directly enhances the care that Sacred Heart delivers. Every penny the foundation raises absolutely goes to improving equipment, facilities and delivery of care.

“To me, the Ascension partnership is a unique asset. I travel often and it is nice to know I am connected to a whole network.

“We are lucky to have three hospitals in the area, but Sacred Heart has my heart.”

Today, Mallory works for the Studer Bodacious Family of Shops, while pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing and Business at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. She is married to Rick Appleyard.