'Best Hospitals' Report: SMH Among 57 Standout Hospitals in US

'Best Hospitals' Report: SMH Among 57 Standout Hospitals in US

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

SARASOTA (Oct. 9, 2019) — U.S. News & World Report spotlighted Sarasota Memorial Hospital among 57 “standout” hospitals with strong ratings in all nine procedures and conditions that it evaluated in this year’s “Best Hospitals” study. 

As part of its annual report, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals on nine surgical procedures and treatments commonly needed by Medicare patients.

Barely 1% of those hospitals — just 57, including SMH — earned the top rating across the board, in all nine categories: 

The ratings are designed to help patients and healthcare consumers make informed decisions about where to receive care for specific medical needs. 

“We are proud to set the benchmark for care in our community, not just for our success in managing the most difficult cases, but also for the most common treatments needed by patients who entrust us with their care,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder, who attributes the consistently high-quality outcomes to the diligence and dedication of its physicians, staff, volunteers and publicly elected Sarasota County Public Hospital Board.

Sarasota Memorial CEO David VerinderNow in its 30th year, the annual “Best Hospitals” rankings are calculated based on factors that include survival, patient safety, nurse staffing and other care-related quality indicators. In recent years, U.S. News added the ratings for nine surgical procedures and treatments for chronic conditions often experienced by patients aged 65 and older. 

“Older patients are at greater risk – they tend to have higher incidence and severity of comorbidities upon admission and illnesses that are more advanced than those of younger patients,” U.S. News noted in this year’s methodology report. “The quality of care of over-65 patients is generally regarded as indicative of a hospital’s capabilities.”

For more information about the 2019-20 rankings, visit the U.S. News website.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship hospital in Sarasota, Fla., has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes. The system offers a complete continuum of care – from trauma, emergency and urgent care, to laboratory, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. SMH was recognized among the nation’s 100 top hospitals by IBM Watson Health in 2019 and remains the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality rating since the evaluation system launched in 2016.


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