Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside recognized for spine surgery


Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside has been named to Healthgrades’ list of 2024 specialty excellence awards for spine surgery. The hospital was recognized as a top-five hospital in Florida and the only one in the Jacksonville area.

Healthgrades is a comprehensive resource for information on physicians and hospitals across the United States. Healthgrades awards spotlight hospitals that deliver superior quality care.

Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance using objective quality measures, including clinical outcomes and patient safety, as well as patient experience.

“This achievement reflects our commitment to overall excellence and highlights the level of talent across our spine surgeons, nurses and care teams,” said St. Vincent’s Southside President and CEO James Machado. “We are deeply honored to be recognized for this award and look forward to continuing to provide quality care to our community.”

In addition to this excellence award, St. Vincent’s Southside has also earned patient safety excellence awards from 2021 through 2023, and a specialty award in cranial neurosurgery as recently as 2022.

The hospital’s multidisciplinary approach connects patients with medication therapies, surgical care and neurophysiology care.

“Providing unparalleled spine care to our patients is our top priority as spine surgeons,” said St. Vincent’s neurosurgeon and Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Vincent’s Southside Dr. Stephen Parker. “We are able to provide minimally invasive techniques and complex surgeries utilizing a range of state-of-the-art equipment. We are honored to be recognized as the pinnacle of hospitals providing spine care.”

Earlier this month, Southside also fully launched the innovative TOPS System for treating back pain after being one of the first hospitals in the country – and the only facility in the area – to trial the technology.

For more information on spine surgery at St. Vincent’s Southside, go to or call 904-296-3103.