Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast Forms Unique Joint Venture with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company and Southeast Orthopedic Specialists


Jacksonville, FL (July 27, 2020) – Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast, part of Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S, has signed an agreement with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) to create a transformational healthcare platform that will improve the quality of musculoskeletal care and patient outcomes across North Florida.

Through the partnership, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast and HOPCo are developing a clinically-integrated, musculoskeletal platform that will include comprehensive musculoskeletal hospital service line management and innovative programs to promote outpatient care. In Northeast Florida, the partnership will also include the development of ambulatory surgery centers as well as the first orthopedic specialty hospital in the region. The parties will also work together to develop a clinically-integrated network of musculoskeletal physician practices.

HOPCo is partnered with Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, the leading musculoskeletal provider in the Jacksonville market, through a partnership known as HOPCo Florida.  HOPCo is a leading provider of musculoskeletal outcomes and fully integrated management, value-based health care solutions and care coordination for practices, payors and health systems.

“Our Mission is to provide clinically excellent, compassionate, personalized care to all people, with special attention to those who are struggling the most,” said Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast President and CEO Tom VanOsdol. “This partnership represents a quantum leap forward in our goal to increase access to the finest available musculoskeletal care for those we are so blessed to serve.”

Together HOPCo, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, and Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast will partner with other physicians in the community to develop an aligned and efficient network that coordinates the best care for patients.

“At end of the day, this is about bringing together all musculoskeletal providers — hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgery centers — into one highly-integrated network and delivering quality and value to the community as we have done with partners in many regions,” said DeLyle Manwaring, Executive Vice President of Health Systems for HOPCo. “We are honored to work with these two organizations to build the next generation of transformative musculoskeletal care for the patients of northern Florida.”

A clinically-integrated network (CIN), like the one this partnership is creating, is designed to improve overall quality of care and efficiency of care delivery by allowing providers to streamline care for their shared patients, which has been proven to result in improved outcomes and lower costs for both patents and insurers.

“After partnering with HOPCo earlier this year, the creation of a clinically-integrated network with a top-tier health system was our first area of focus and we could not have a better partner than Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast,” said Donnie Romine, CEO of Southeast Orthopedic Specialists and President of HOPCo Florida.



About Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast

Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast includes Ascension Providence based in Mobile, Ala., Ascension Sacred Heart based in Pensacola, Fla., and Ascension St. Vincent’s based in Jacksonville, Fla. Together, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast operates nine hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care and employs more than 12,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension Providence, Ascension Sacred Heart and Ascension St. Vincent’s have served North Florida and South Alabama communities for more than 145 years. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit


About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCO’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike. HOPCO’s affiliated payors, practices and health systems successfully participate in highly efficient value-based contracting (bundled payments, capitated population health programs, and other risk-based arrangements) utilizing HOPCo’s proprietary platforms, IT solutions, integrated analytics, and standardized care pathways. This helps our partners obtain real time, actionable insights into their systems, allowing them to comprehensively manage the entire business while improving outcomes for their treasured patients.


About Southeast Orthopedic Specialists

Established in 2001, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists is a regional leader in orthopedic medicine. The practice has consistently grown and now features board-certified and fellowship-trained Orthopedic Surgeons, board-certified and fellowship-trained Sports Medicine Physiatrists, Pain Management Physiatrists, a certified Chiropractor and certified Podiatrists with five state-of the-art locations, offering ancillary services such as MRI, X-Ray, DME and physical therapy.




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