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Local Focus, National Acclaim

Sarasota Memorial aims to offer our community the highest-quality healthcare and best patient experience in the nation. Here are a few of the many accomplishments that recognize our focus on your care.

Awards & Honors

  • Highest 5-Star rating from Medicare for quality and safety, 2017
    • Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's highest five-star rating for overall quality and safety since the rating system launched in 2016. Only 10 percent of hospitals nationwide received the top score in 2017. Sarasota Memorial's Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Home Care program also earned a 5-star rating from the federal government.

  • "A" Grade for Patient Safety, 2017
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital received three consecutive “A” grades for patient safety, earning a top spot among America’s safest hospitals in national studies released by The Leapfrog Group in Fall 2017, Spring 2017 and Fall 2016.

  • U.S. News Top Performer, 2017-18
    • High Performer (top 10 percent in the nation) for Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
    • One of only 48 hospitals in the nation to receive top rating in all nine conditions/procedures evaluated:
      • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
      • Aortic Valve Surgery
      • Heart Bypass Surgery
      • Congestive Heart Failure
      • Lung Cancer Surgery
      • Colon Cancer Surgery
      • COPD
      • Hip Replacement
      • Knee Replacement
    • U.S. News "Best Nursing Home"

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons highest ranking in all categories, 2018
    • Earned the highest ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for patient care and clinical outcomes in isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), combination AVR/CABG, isolated mitral valve replacement/repair (MVRR) and combination MVRR/CABG. Sarasota Memorial was one of only three participating cardiac surgery programs in the US and Canada to earn the highest rating (three stars) across the board, in all five evaluated categories.

  • Press Ganey Patient Experience Award, 2017
    • SMH's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was honored with the 2017 Press Ganey Guardian Of Excellence Award for ranking in the top 5% of NICUs nationwide for patient experience, based on patient surveys conducted by Press Ganey Associates.

  • Designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital (2018), the first hospital in southwest Florida—and among a select group in the nation—to earn the designation from Baby-Friendly USA Inc., part of a global initiative by World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund to promote mother-baby bonding, successful breastfeeding and best practices in maternity care.

  • Sarasota Memorial is designated as a Gold Standard Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the U.S.

  • ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center
    • Sarasota Memorial is designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology. This elite distinction recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

  • Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the most prestigious distinction for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care.

  • SMH Nurse Residency Program is accredited with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Research indicates that residency programs can increase job satisfaction, reduce nurse turnover and improve clinical competence, which ultimately impacts safety and quality. 

  • One of Becker's Hospital Review's 2017 "100 Great Hospitals in America" and "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" in 2017.

  • Certifications as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and a Hip & Knee Replacement Center of Excellence from DNV Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading accrediting organizations. 

  • Joint Commission certification for Congestive Heart Failure program.

  • State certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

  • Consumer Choice Award for Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice by the National Research Corp. (NRC) for 2016. 

  • Full three-year accreditation for Cancer Care Services from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Sarasota Memorial has maintained continuous Commission on Cancer accreditation since 1988. 

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF) for Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Specialty Stroke programs. 

  • Designated as a NICHE health system for our commitment to excellence in elder care. NICHE, or Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders, is the premier national geriatric nursing program addressing the needs of hospitalized older adults (65 and older).

  • Silver Beacon Awards of Excellence for the Critical Care Unit and Cardiac Acute Telemetry Unit from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

  • Named one of the American Hospital Association’s "Most Wired" tech-savvy hospitals in the nation for pioneering IT systems to promote security and safety.

  • Accolades from insurers:
    • Florida Blue Distinction for Cardiac Care, Spine Surgery and Hip/Knee Replacement.
    • Florida Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care.
    • Aetna Institutes of Quality for Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiac Intervention and Cardiac Rhythm.
    • Cigna recognition for Cardiac Care, Hip Replacement, Pulmonology and Stroke.

  • Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Center of Excellence for Laboratory Services.

  • Sarasota County Green Business Partnership.

  • U.S. EPA Energy Star Certified Building.