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Final salute offered to military veterans at Sacred Heart

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Sacred Heart Hospital is now offering special recognition and a “final salute” to military veterans to send them on their final journey.

It’s called the Veterans Recognition Program.

“On average 260 veterans look to Sacred Heart for treatment every month we have always given our veterans, active duty members and their families great care but there is more we can do” Henry Stovall, President and CEO Scared Heart Health System said.

The hospital will identify patients that are active duty or veterans at the time of admission.

“If they would like to participate, they will receive a veteran wrist band upon registration, a flag label on the spine of their chart and an American Flag magnet on their door frame upon arriving to their unit” Sabrina Granese, Military Navigator Nurse for Scared Heart stated.

Hospital volunteers will also deliver a special challenge coin to their hospital room. It’s just a special level of care and honor the hospital wanted to add for our military.

The State of Florida has the third largest military population in the country. Northwest Florida is home to many veterans and active duty military personnel.

If a veteran passes away, the family will be offered the final salute program. Hospital staffers and people within the hospital will hear “code veteran” come over the intercom.

Participants will have five minutes to make their way to the main hospital entrance to line both sides of the corridor standing silently or saluting, Granese said.

Employees who have previously served can join the procession as it passes.

CDR Harold Hamliton, USN. Ret. said he is excited about the program.

He is also happy knowing his final salute will be at Sacred Heart here in Pensacola. “I received my first salute in 1949 I’m going to receive my last salute here at Scared Hospital, and I am looking forward to it” CDR Harold Hamilton, USN. Ret.

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