Cindy and Brendan Murphy present a check to Kelly Beach, administrator and chief nursing officer, Sacred Heart Gulf. at center. [ Ascension Florida | Contributed ]

Sacred Heart receives $25,000 gift for Women’s Diagnostic Center

Brendan and Cindy Murphy and The Murphy Family Foundation have donated $25,000 to Sacred Heart Gulf’s Women’s Diagnostic Center. This transformative gift will enable the center to incorporate the latest technology and comforting features to create a healing environment that improves screening and enhances breast cancer diagnoses.

“We are so thankful to the Murphys for their investment of time and resources to help us increase access to advanced healthcare services,” said Kelly Beach, administrator of Sacred Heart Gulf.

The Murphys, who live full-time in Gulf County, are both actively engaged in the community, with Brendan serving as vice chair of the Sacred Heart Gulf Advisory Board.

“We are committed to investing in our community and hospital. With this gift, we want to ensure every woman in Gulf County has access to the latest, life-saving technology,” said the Murphys.

“We extend our deepest thanks to The Murphy Family Foundation for their investment in the women of Gulf County, which will change lives and change futures,” said Adrienne Maygarden, president of the Sacred Heart Foundation.

The center added 3D mammography capabilities in March 2023, improving the chances of detecting breast cancer earlier when most treatable. With continued community support, Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf will soon have a new Women’s Diagnostic Center designed with a woman’s comfort and convenience in mind. However, $28,000 is still needed before construction begins on the new center, providing convenient, compassionate care to meet the healthcare needs of women in the community.

To donate to the new Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf Women’s Diagnostic Center, visit or call 850-746-1090.

Ascension Sacred Heart, based in Pensacola, operates five hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care and employed more than 6,440 associates in fiscal year 2023. It provided more than $142 million in community benefit and care for persons living in poverty.

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