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Sacred Heart Spine Center
The newly established Spine Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast provides comprehensive care for patients receiving spine surgery. Our healthcare team of board certified-orthopedic spine surgeons, nurses, social workers, and physical and occupational therapists offer each patient a highly individualized treatment plan to help our patients return to a higher quality of life.

The Spine Center at Sacred Heart recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Disease Specific Care Certification, a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care. In addition, a leading healthcare ratings organization has recognized Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast as one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals for spine surgery.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is the first in the region to use a state-of-the-art guidance system for spinal surgery. The Mazor Robotics Renaissance® helps surgeons plan and execute precise spinal surgery. Click to find out more about robotic spinal surgery.

Spine Center Goals
The Spine Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast aims to:
  • Provide a comprehensive and cohesive healthcare experience through proper evaluation, education, exceptional treatment and follow-up.
  • Establish a greater focus on pre-operative education in order to help patients prepare to achieve the best outcomes possible.
  • Ensure consistent, high quality care for all spine patients using a systematic team approach that is patient-focused to benefit each specific individual.
  • Measure the progress and outcomes for each individual patient that undergoing spinal surgery at designated pre/post-operative intervals.

spine"Successful surgical outcomes depend highly on the quality of care surrounding patients in their peri-operative period and are achieved though much more than just a great, evidence-based operation,” said Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, board certified orthopedic spine surgeon. “The Spine Center at Sacred Heart embraces spine patients with 360 degrees of excellence and continuity of care throughout the whole process. This comprehensive team approach is a remarkable accomplishment and confirms Sacred Heart’s dedication to our spine patients while spreading the positive message to our surrounding communities: GO SPINE!"

"The nurses, physical therapists and social workers at Sacred Heart were all wonderful. They got me out of bed and on the road to recovery...Now I'm enjoying the art of living!" -Grace Morin (read more of Grace's story here)

For more information about the Spine Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, please contact Lara Cooper, Spine Center Navigator, at or (850)278-3261.

For more information about our spine surgery ratings, visit

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