SARASOTA (Oct. 22, 2018) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital recently earned recognition as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, the highest quality designation awarded by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers.
The certification, achieved for meeting national quality and performance standards, was awarded during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, as SMH prepares to break ground on a new oncology tower and outpatient radiation oncology center.
SMH is the only Florida hospital (and among 61 in the nation) currently designated as a “Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence.” The community hospital has made cancer care one of its top priorities in recent years because of the rising incidence of cancer across the nation and in our region.
“Here in Sarasota, we are fortunate to live in a community that has excellent and skilled cancer specialists. Yet, we know that the incidence of cancer continues to rise and that over 12 percent of women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime,” said SMH Chief Operating Officer Lorrie Liang. “That is the impetus behind our many breast health and cancer care initiatives. Attaining Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence certification is a source of pride for our health system and reflects our multi-disciplinary team’s commitment to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate breast care.”
To earn certification, hospitals must demonstrate high-level performance on a number of quality measures, including imaging, surgery, radiation, cancer registry, pathology and patient satisfaction.
Over the next few years, SMH will be creating a premier Cancer Institute that will offer services across the entire continuum of cancer care, from prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment, to survivorship, follow-up care and support, all in one location on the hospital’s main campus. Earlier this year, the Hospital Board approved $220 million to build a 170,000-square-foot, eight-story oncology tower on SMH’s main campus and a 17,500-square-foot outpatient radiation oncology center on the health system’s University Parkway/Honore campus. Groundbreakings on both facilities are slated for early next year, with the radiation center expected to open in 2020, followed by the tower in 2021.
When complete, the facilities will offer a widening range of fellowship-trained oncology specialists and subspecialists in the region and offer individual patients a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to diagnose and treat their unique cancer. The team includes medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, general and reconstructive surgeons, radiologists, genetic counselors, breast health nurses, rehabilitation therapists and patient navigators, and other care team members who specialize in survivorship and support of breast cancer patients.
About Sarasota Memorial
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 a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 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 clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality award since the rating system launched in 2016.