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St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside Becomes Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery

Tuesday, March 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Contact: Kyle Sieg


Jacksonville, FL (March 5, 2019) ­– St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, part of Ascension, one of the nation’s leading non-profit and Catholic health systems, has become the first hospital in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia to receive accreditation as a Center of Excellence in robotic surgery from Surgical Review Corporation. According to SRC, there are only seven other hospitals in Florida with this accreditation and only approximately 55 across the country.

Status as an accredited Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery means St. Vincent’s Southside has met nationally recognized standards as determined by an independent, external evaluation process. Healthcare organizations and surgeons seeking accreditation by SRC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site inspection, which includes doctors, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in the program. There is also consultation and education on best practices to help an organization improve its care.

Surgical Review Corporation also named Dr. Sonnie Kim-Ashchi, an OB/GYN physician and program director of St. Vincent’s Southside’s robotic surgery program, a Surgeon of Excellence in robotic surgery.

“We have been performing robotic surgeries for years now, even helping our local Navy physicians get practical, hands-on experience with surgical robots,” said Tracy Williams, president of St. Vincent’s Southside. “Dr. Sonnie Kim-Ashchi and her team have worked hard to take our program to the next level – one that no other local hospital has reached – and I’m so proud of our accomplishment. It’s a clear indication to our patients that we are committed to providing them with the best care possible.”

Surgeons at St. Vincent’s Southside perform numerous operations using surgical robots, including OB/GYN procedures, weight loss surgeries, total knee replacements, and hernia repairs. Robotic surgeries benefit patients because they often mean a shorter length of stay in the hospital, less infection risk, less pain medication use and shorter downtime after a surgery.

“All of our work to become a Center of Excellence in robotic surgery has been for our patients. We want to ensure we are providing them with the highest level of compassionate, personalized care,” said Dr. Kim-Ashchi. “From our senior leaders to my fellow physicians and nursing colleagues, I’m proud of the work our team has done to elevate the care we are able to provide to our community.”

In addition to the program at St. Vincent’s Southside, the health system also has robotic surgery programs at both St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County and St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside.

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About St. Vincent’s HealthCare

In Florida, Ascension operates St. Vincent’s HealthCare based in Jacksonville and Sacred Heart Health based in Pensacola. Together, Ascension Florida operates seven hospitals and more than 100 sites of care, and employs more than 10,000 associates. Across the region. St. Vincent’s and Sacred Heart have served North Florida communities for more than 145 years. 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. Ascension includes approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization. For more information on St. Vincent’s HealthCare, visit


About SRC

Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC is the leading administrator of quality improvement and accreditation programs for surgeons and hospitals worldwide. SRC’s proven methodology, known as the “Cycle of Excellence”, results in quantifiable and unparalleled improvement in outcomes, patient safety and costs across surgical specialties. For more information, visit www.