SARASOTA (April 5, 2019) – Sarasota Memorial was named one of the world’s best hospitals this week in a global ranking of hospitals compiled for the first time by Newsweek magazine.
SMH was one of six Florida hospitals to make the inaugural list, which spotlights 1,000 hospitals across 11 countries. Newsweek compiled the list in collaboration with global market research and consumer data company Statista Inc. Hospitals were selected based on medical performance indicators that included low mortality, complication and readmission rates, as well as recommendations from medical professionals and patient survey results.
The global recognition follows SMH’s ranking among America’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ continuous five-star rating this year.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be singled out with such well-known global healthcare leaders, and another testament to our team’s dedication to provide world-class care,” Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder said.
Newsweek said it compiled the list to help consumers discover the ways leading hospitals—close to home and around the world—are shaping the future of medicine. It includes such renowned academic medical centers as the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic in the United States, Singapore General Hospital and Charité, one of the largest research-based university hospitals in Europe, which according to Newsweek, employs more than half of Germany’s Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine.
“Of all the industries on the threshold of transformation, none is more politically contentious, tightly regulated, scientifically significant or economically important than health care,” Newsweek reported. “The hospitals on this list are at the forefront of adapting to these new challenges while providing top-notch patient care.”
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.