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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, 2020
    • Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's highest 5-star rating for overall quality and safety since the rating system launched in 2016. 
    • The Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Sarasota Memorial Home Care team also have 5-Star ratings from the CMS.

  • Named among Top 100 Hospitals in US, 2020
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital is one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the US, named by IBM Watson Health in 2020. Chosen from 3,134 hospitals across the country, the Top 100 Hospitals outperformed peer-group hospitals on all evaluated clinical and operational performance benchmarks.

  • Named among 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in US, 2021
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital is one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the US, named by IBM Watson Health in the 2021 Fortune/IBM Watson Health list. According to the Watson Health, more than 7,000 lives could be saved and more than 5,000 heart patients could be complication free, if all hospitals performed at the level of the top 50 award winners.

  • "A" Grade for Patient Safety, 2020
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital has received consecutive “A” grades for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group — a national organization that evaluates hospitals' efforts to protect patients from preventable injuries and harm — since SMH began participating in Leapfrog's survey in 2016.

  • U.S. News High Performer, 2020-2021
    • One of only 37 "standout" hospitals in the nation to earn top ratings in all 10 procedures and conditions evaluated in U.S. News' "Best Hospitals" study:
      • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
      • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
      • Aortic Valve Surgery
      • Heart Bypass Surgery
      • Heart Failure
      • COPD
      • Lung Cancer Surgery
      • Colon Cancer Surgery
      • Hip Replacement
      • Knee Replacement
    • U.S. News "Best Nursing Home" 2018-19

  • Named among the World’s Best Hospitals by Newsweek, 2020
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital was named one of the World's Best Hospitals in a 2020 global ranking of hospitals compiled by Newsweek magazine, in collaboration with global market research and consumer data company Statista Inc. SMH was one of 10 Florida hospitals to make the list, which spotlights more than 1,500 hospitals across 21 countries.

  • Designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital in 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.

  • Sarasota Memorial's Breast Health Center is a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, as designated by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC) program.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • SMH's Heart Failure Program earns Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval certification and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Mark for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure. The program has been continuously certified since 2011.

  • State certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

  • SMH's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) program earns the prestigious, national Joint Commission COPD certification for its commitment to providing excellent care for patients with COPD.

  • Top honors for medical outcomes and excellence in the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) annual “Get With The Guidelines” assessments. SMH was awarded three designations in 2020: “Gold Plus Heart Failure Honor Roll,” “Gold Plus Stroke Honor Roll Elite” and “Gold Plus Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.” 

  • 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. 

  • Recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System.

  • SMH's Bariatric and Metabolic Center is accredited as a higher level “Comprehensive Center” under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

  • Three Beacon Awards for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for high-quality patient care: Gold Beacon Award of Excellence for the Cardiac Acute Telemetry Unit; Silver Beacon Award of Excellence for the Critical Care Unit; and Silver Beacon Award of Excellence for the Cardiovascular Thoracic Stepdown/Cardiac Progressive 3 Unit.

  • Named one of the American Hospital Association’s 2020 "Most Wired" tech-savvy hospitals in the nation for pioneering IT systems to promote security and safety.

  • Sarasota Memorial's main campus Emergency Care Center is the only emergency department in Florida to earn the Emergency Nurses Association's 2018 Lantern Award for excellent practice and innovative performance.

  • Accolades from insurers:
    • Florida Blue Distinction for Cardiac Care.
    • Florida Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care.
    • Aetna Institutes of Quality for Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiac Intervention and Cardiac Rhythm.

  • Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Center of Excellence for Laboratory Services.