SMH Earns Highest CMS Quality & Safety Rating, Again

SMH Earns Highest CMS Quality & Safety Rating, Again

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

SARASOTA (Dec. 20, 2017) – Report cards are out for the nation’s hospitals, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital received the highest 5-Star rating for the fourth consecutive rating period.

Less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals earned the federal government’s highest marks in 2017, according to the American Hospital Association. The updated results are slated to be posted this month on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.

Since 2016, the federal agency has shared star ratings to make it easier for people to compare how well their community hospitals perform on a range of inpatient and outpatient quality indicators. Hospital Compare evaluates more than 50 quality measures and then distills the results into an overall star rating, giving the most weight to factors including patient safety, patient experience, the rates of unnecessary patient readmissions and rates of unexpected patient deaths. Hospitals receive ratings of one to five stars—with five stars being the highest score. 

Although the most recent scores are not yet available to the public, hospitals received their individual report cards from CMS, and Sarasota Memorial retained its title as the only hospital in Florida to consistently earn 5-Star ratings in all rating periods since the program’s inception in 2016. 

“Our continuous 5-Star rating truly sets us apart from other hospitals, and is the result of our physicians’ and staff’s expertise and enduring commitment to provide the highest level of care to our community,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder. 

The CMS results are slated to be posted on the Hospital Compare website this week. For more information, click here.

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 829-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 with the highest five-star ranking from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for quality and safety.