Performance Orthopedics and Spine program expands into Florida Panhandle

Collaboration between Ascension and HOPCo focuses on value-based musculoskeletal care


Pensacola, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2021) – Patients in need of orthopedic care, as well as neck and back surgery, now have expanded access to care across Northwest Florida.

This new program brings together providers from throughout the community to provide patients with advanced, personalized, comprehensive and cost-effective musculoskeletal care, with surgeries performed at Ascension Sacred Heart hospitals in Miramar Beach, Panama City and Pensacola, as well as outpatient surgery centers across the region.

Performance Orthopedics and Spine launched in Jacksonville in the fall of 2020 and is a collaboration between Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast and Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo).

“The Performance Orthopedics and Spine brand unifies and aligns the most outstanding orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons exclusively at Ascension Sacred Heart around a truly unique and innovative care delivery and medical economics platform,” said Tom VanOsdol, president and CEO of Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast. “We’ve done the research and know that Northwest Florida has needed a model partnership like Performance Orthopedics and Spine for decades, and Ascension Sacred Heart is dedicated to bringing the best musculoskeletal care available anywhere in the world to the individuals and families of the panhandle, right here at home. This new innovation dramatically improves care, quality, convenience and value for those we are so blessed to serve.”

HOPCo is a leading provider of musculoskeletal outcomes, value-based healthcare solutions and care coordination for practices, payors and health systems across the country.

“We are honored to continue working to build the next generation of transformative musculoskeletal care for patients across Florida. We began with this model with Ascension St. Vincent’s in Jacksonville and the response has been overwhelming,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, president and chief transformation officer at HOPCo. “Our work with partners in many regions across the United States has demonstrated the collective value of creating alignment between hospitals, physicians and payors in the musculoskeletal space.”

The Performance Orthopedics and Spine team manages a clinically integrated network (CIN) of musculoskeletal physician practices throughout north Florida. Clinically integrated networks allow providers to streamline care for their patients, which has been proven to result in improved outcomes and lower costs for both patients and insurers.

To learn more about Performance Orthopedics and Spine, visit


About Ascension Sacred Heart

Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast includes Ascension Sacred Heart based in Pensacola, Florida, Ascension St. Vincent’s based in Jacksonville, Florida, and Ascension Providence in Mobile, Alabama. Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast operates nine hospitals and more than 200 other sites of care, employing more than 13,000 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 165 years. In fiscal year 2020, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast provided more than $237 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 139 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization. Visit


About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the national leader of integrated musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, practice management and health system service line management. This includes comprehensive expertise across all MSK specialties including orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCo’s integrated care, analytics and facilities development platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care 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, population health programs, and other advanced risk-based arrangements) utilizing HOPCo’s proprietary platforms, IT solutions, integrated analytics, and standardized care pathways. Visit to learn more.


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