SMH Earns Multiple Spots on U.S. News’ 'Best Hospitals' List

SMH Earns Multiple Spots on U.S. News’ 'Best Hospitals' List

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

SARASOTA – Sarasota Memorial Hospital earned top marks in U.S. News' 2021-2022 “Best Hospitals” list released today. 
This year’s rankings place SMH among the 50 “Best Hospitals” in America for specialized rehabilitation for people recovering from serious injuries and debilitating diseases.

“This is a tribute to our exceptional Rehab team, and the departments and physicians they collaborate with to deliver superb care to patients recovering from serious injuries and illness,” said David Verinder, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.
SMH also achieved “high performer” ratings in 15 procedures and conditions common among Medicare patients:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (AAA)
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Back surgery (spinal fusion)
  • Congestive obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Kidney failure
  • Knee replacement
  • Lung cancer surgery
  • Stroke
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

“These high-performer ratings demonstrate that we continue to provide the highest quality and safest care to patients with a wide range of complex conditions, even amid our ongoing battle against COVID-19,” Verinder said.

Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals U.S. News evaluated, SMH was among 175 across the nation – and the only hospital in the Suncoast region – to earn a national ranking in at least one specialty.
Now in its 32nd year, U.S. News’ annual “Best Hospitals” list is designed to help patients make informed decisions when choosing a medical provider.
While the Best Hospitals specialty rankings are meant for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions who need a hospital that excels in treating complex, high-risk cases, U.S. News also rated hospitals as “high performing,” “average” or “below average" in more than a dozen procedures and the conditions most common among patients 65 and older.
“The goal is to evaluate how well hospitals perform in each procedure or condition – and not just with the most difficult cases, as with the specialty rankings, but with the full range of patients,” U.S. News stated in this year’s report.
View the published rankings at
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 each 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, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation.