SARASOTA – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was honored as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health today.
SMH was chosen from 3,134 hospitals across the country for outperforming peer hospitals on all performance benchmarks in the study, including: inpatient mortality and complications, healthcare-associated infections, readmission rates, length of stay, costs of care and patient satisfaction.
“Hospitals, health systems and the dedicated clinicians and staff who work at these organizations have emerged as true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are grateful to be able to recognize these extraordinary leaders at this time,” said Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, vice president and chief health officer, IBM Watson Health. “From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, the organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high-value, patient-centered care and innovation. It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top performing hospitals are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis.”
Compared to similar hospitals, the 100 Top Hospitals had better survival rates, fewer patient complications, fewer healthcare-associated infections and lower 30-day mortality and readmission rates. They also had shorter lengths of stay, lower inpatient expenses and higher ratings from patients.
According to this year’s study results, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care provided the 100 top facilities:
- 106,000 additional lives could be saved in-hospital
- 49,000 additional patients could be complication free
- The typical patient could be released from the hospital at least a half-day sooner
- More than $8.3 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
This is the fifth time Sarasota Memorial has been named among the 100 Top Hospitals. IBM Watson Health commended top performers that have appeared on the 100 Top Hospital list multiple times, noting in a qualitative study that the organizations share key characteristics, including a mature culture with commitment to continuity in executive leadership, nursing excellence, leaders deeply connected to the hospital and their community, and hospital boards committed to quality and safety.
Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder credits the achievement to the health system’s mission-driven team and the unwavering vision of its unpaid, publicly elected Sarasota County Public Hospital Board.
“This award is a reflection of our team’s dedication and longstanding public mission,” Verinder said. “Sarasota Memorial has served this community for 95 years, and it is that dedication and sense of community ownership and responsibility that drives everything we do.”
The 100 Top Hospitals study has been conducted annually since 1993. Click here for more information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research.
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 1 million patient visits each year. Its flagship 839-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is 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.