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Your child’s care is our life’s mission

At Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, we provide advanced care for children with cancer and blood diseases.

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Pediatric blood and cancer patient at Studer Family Children's Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart

Comprehensive cancer care, close to home

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Florida, cares for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer, blood disorders, bone marrow failure, and congenital immune deficiencies.

Our goal is to treat and cure children with cancer and blood diseases by understanding their special needs and delivering comprehensive, compassionate care from diagnosis to recovery. Our hospital environment is designed with kids and families in mind. Patients can go to a doctor for an office visit, have tests performed and receive treatment, including chemotherapy and blood transfusions, all in the same location.

Expertise in pediatric cancers and blood disorders

We know you want the best care possible for your child - we do too. The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group. Children and young adults in our care have the opportunity to enroll in National Cancer Institute-backed clinical trials of new treatments for pediatric cancers, including sarcomas, leukemia and lymphoma.

Our doctors, oncologists, surgeons and care teams provide child-focused care for a wide range of childhood cancers and blood disorders, including: 

  • More common and rare childhood cancers 
  • Bleeding and clotting disorders 
  • Long-term survivorship of childhood malignancies 
  • Benign hematologic conditions, such as anemia 
  • Sickle cell anemia 
  • Bone marrow failure syndromes

Bear Family Foundation Pediatric Oncology Center for Hope
1 Bubba Watson Drive, Suite C
Pensacola, FL 32504
850-416-1890

Pediatric blood and cancer care locations

Meet our care team

Jeffrey Schwartz, MD

University of Florida
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Pediatric Specialty Care

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Jeffrey Schwartz, MD
Pediatric blood and cancer patient at Studer Family Children's Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart

Get a second opinion on your child’s diagnosis or treatment

There’s a lot to think about when you find out your child has a cancer diagnosis and you’re deciding on a treatment plan. We understand how this type of diagnosis comes with a lot of uncertainty and questions. Getting a second opinion not only provides more information about your child’s condition, but it may also increase your confidence in your child’s care plan.
 
If you’re looking for help with a second opinion, Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart is here for you. Our care team can help match your child with the right specialist.

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Where kids can still be kids

We know that kids don’t stop being kids when they are diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder. Child life specialists at Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart will make sure that your child gets time to play, hang out, study and socialize — whether in their cheerfully-designed patient room or in our playroom filled with toys, books and games. 

A focus on quality of life 
Our licensed clinical social workers offer an additional layer of care and support to your child as they go through cancer treatment. Palliative care focuses on improving your child’s quality of life, managing pain and providing emotional support for your child and your family. Additionally, our child life specialists, social workers, cases managers and finance specialists are dedicated to supporting patients and families along every step of the way.

Pauline Balkaransingh, MD

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Pauline Balkaransingh

University of Florida
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Pediatric Specialty Care

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Erlyn Smith, MD

University of Florida
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Pediatric Specialty Care

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Erlyn Smith, MD

Amanda Strobel, MD

University of Florida
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Pediatric Specialty Care

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Amanda Strobel, MD

Changing the way we provide care
Ascension is changing the way we provide care, but with the same compassionate care you've come to expect. 

Options for your care

Balancing care with caution

Compassionate care means safe care. At Ascension Sacred Heart, our commitment is to keeping you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, clinics and facilities. We have strict safety precautions in place — such as limiting visitors, staggering appointments, rearranging waiting rooms, making more online appointments available and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. Don’t delay getting the care you need at this time. We are fully prepared for you and your child's safety when your child is in our care.

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Our facilities are currently taking precautions to help keep patients and visitors safe, which may include conducting screenings, restricting visitors and practicing distancing for compassionate, safe care. We continuously monitor COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjust our safety practices and safeguards accordingly.

Comprehensive cancer care just for children

The advanced care you need for your child is here, in Pensacola, Florida. Our nationally recognized pediatric hematology and oncology team delivers advanced specialty care — even for the tiniest of patients.

We’re also proud to be affiliated with University of Florida Health. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked No. 1 in Florida according to the 2021-22 Best Children's Hospital Rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The pediatric hematology and oncology program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked No. 45 in the nation. Our UF Health team continues to focus on developing and delivering novel therapies to children with brain tumors, sarcomas and other solid tumors, leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell disease and hemophilia.

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Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Division
Pediatric Specialist Tower
5153 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
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Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart at Crestview
550 W. Redstone Ave., Suite 320
Crestview, FL 32536
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