What Are the Highly Rated Specialties at St. Vincent's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida?


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The Joint Commission has certified the St. Vincent's Medical Centers in the Riverside and Southside sections of Jacksonville, Florida, as Centers of Excellence for their orthopedics, heart failure, stroke and spine centers as of 2015. The Joint Commission is a nationally recognized healthcare accreditation and certification authority.

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St. Vincent's Riverside Orthopedics Center performs the most knee replacements of all Florida hospitals and is in the top 10 for hip replacements. Southside is also a high-volume provider of these surgeries. Their surgical site infection rates are lower than 89 percent of the national average for knee replacements and 72 percent lower for hip replacements.

Both hospitals' Heart Failure Centers have the equipment and protocols to treat heart attacks quickly, including using balloon catheterization for major cardiac artery blockages. The door-to-balloon "gold standard" is 90 minutes or less. Riverside's average time is 63 minutes; Southside's is 58 minutes.

St. Vincent's has also received the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for spinal surgery. In 2012, the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association awarded their Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award to St. Vincent's for adherence to evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of stroke patients.

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