Meet the leaders of the 12 best hospitals in Florida for spine surgery


Healthgrades recently released its rankings for the best hospitals in the U.S. for spine surgery, including 12 in Florida. 

The rankings recognize hospitals that deliver superior patient outcomes in back and neck surgeries and spinal fusion.

Read more on the publication's ranking methodology here.

Here are the leaders of the Florida hospitals and health systems that were included in the rankings:

AdventHealth Ocala

  • Erika Skula, president and CEO
  • Adam Johnson, COO
  • Rodrigo Torres, MD, chief medical officer
  • Patricia Price, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer
  • Fran Crunk, CFO

AdventHealth Orlando

  • Robert Deininger, market CEO
  • Jessica Behmer, market CEO
  • Brad Hillmon, COO
  • Mark Kilman, MD, chief medical officer
  • Cathy Stankiewicz, DNP, RN, region chief nursing officer

Ascension St. Vincent's Southside Hospital (Jacksonville)

  • Joseph Impicciche, CEO
  • Eduardo Conrado, president
  • Sally Deitch, MSN, RN, executive vice president and nursing and operations infrastructure
  • Eric Engler, executive vice president and chief of staff
  • Richard Fogel, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer

Downtown Baker Hospital (Naples)

  • Paul Hiltz, president and CEO
  • Jonathan Kling, RN, COO
  • Ilia Echevarria, PhD, chief nursing officer
  • Bryan Murphey, MD, ambulatory chief medical officer
  • Carlos Quintero, MD, chief quality officer

HCA Florida Aventura Hospital 

  • David LeMonte, CEO
  • Carolyn Hunter, COO
  • Trish Stephens, MD, chief medical officer
  • Jesse Gabuat, BSN, chief nursing officer
  • Onel Rodriguez, CFO

HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital (Hudson)

  • Sally Seymour, CEO
  • Austin Brown, COO
  • Shawn Gregory, CFO
  • Neelam Patel, MD, chief medical officer

HCA Florida Brandon Hospital

  • Tripp Owings, CEO
  • Kelly Lindsay, COO
  • Gary Searls, CFO
  • Kyle Thrift, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital (Port Charlotte)

  • Michael Ehrat, CEO

HCA Florida JFK Hospital (Atlantis)

  • Ken West, CEO
  • Tom Schlemmer, CFO
  • Alex Paya, MD, chief medical officer
  • Damon Barrett, COO

HCA Florida North Florida Hospital (Gainesville)

  • C. Eric Lawson, CEO
  • Kristy Redd-Hachey, CFO
  • John Gerhold, COO
  • Sherrie Somers, DO, chief medical officer

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital

  • Alan Keesee, CEO
  • Tom Eisel, CFO
  • Isaiah Zirkle, COO
  • Sabrina Braun, DNP, chief nursing officer

HCA Florida Westside Hospital (Plantation)

  • Barbara Simmons, RN, CEO
  • Matt Hughes, CFO
  • Scott Bracci, COO
  • Jose Diaz, MD, chief medical officer
  • Robyn Farrington, RN, chief nursing officer

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