Sarasota Memorial has once again received top honors and recognition for medical outcomes and excellence from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA), as part of the organizations’ annual “Get With The Guidelines” assessments.
The yearly awards recognize hospitals and healthcare systems that not only meet top standards of care but do so consistently, month to month and year to year. This year, SMH was awarded three designations: “Gold Plus Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll,” “Gold Plus Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll,” and “Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.”
“These designations are a true testament to the skill and dedication of Sarasota Memorial’s stroke, heart failure and entire cardiovascular team,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder. “The team is committed to ensuring the best outcomes for our patients and to providing multidisciplinary treatments centered in current scientific research.”
The awards are multi-faceted, with each one recognizing multiple achievements.
Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
With regards to the treatment of heart failure, the “Gold” designation indicates SMH demonstrates continued excellence over the course of more than 2 years, with at least 85% adherence to AHA standards for accurate diagnosis, appropriate evidence-based treatment and responsible followup care. The “Plus” designation indicates an extra level of achievement as evidenced by 75% adherence to additional AHA quality measures reflected by the latest best practices and recommended approaches. The “Honor Roll” designation indicates at least three consecutive months of 50% or greater adherence to even more quality standards, in addition to those previously referenced.
Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite
With regards to the treatment of stroke, the “Gold” designation indicates SMH demonstrates continued excellence over 2-plus years, with at least 85% adherence to AHA and ASA standards for accurate diagnosis, rapid response, evidence-based treatment and responsible followup care, including education and rehabilitation. The “Plus” designation indicates an extra level of achievement as evidenced by 75% adherence to additional quality measures reflected by the latest best practices and recommended approaches. The “Honor Roll Elite” designation is given to facilities that have achieved door-to-needle times within 60 minutes in applicable stroke patients in at least 75% of cases, for more than a year.
Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
Only available to healthcare systems rated Silver or higher in stroke care, this award indicates excellence in treating patients whose condition may be complicated by a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, with regards to rapid response, appropriate medication and safeguards and responsible followup care.
About the 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 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.