Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in southwest Florida named in the nation’s top 1% of hospitals for consistent clinical excellence, earning a spot on HealthGrades' “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” list for 2011. Sarasota Memorial also has received the independent health care ratings organization’s highest honor for patient safety – the Patient Safety Excellence Award™. Indeed, of approximately 5,000 hospitals in the nation, Sarasota Memorial is one of only five hospitals to achieve both awards five years in a row.
SMH outperformed most U.S. hospitals in caring for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients in a nationwide government study. SMH had the lowest (best) heart attack and heart failure readmission rates of any Florida hospital included in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report, and on a national level, ranked No. 2 out of more than 4,000 hospitals for the lowest heart attack readmission rates, eighth for heart failure readmissions and in the top 100 hospitals for lowest number of pneumonia readmissions. The July, 2010 U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” publication singled out SMH in an article listing the top institutions with the lowest heart failure readmission rates.
Sarasota Memorial has earned the Gold Seal of Approval and highest level of accreditation from the Joint Commission – the nationwide seal of approval indicates our hospital has met the Joint Commission's highest performance standards for quality and safety. And we are the only hospital in this region that has earned Magnet status – the nation's highest honor for excellence in nursing.