SMH Receives Straight A’s for Patient Safety

SMH Receives Straight A’s for Patient Safety

Thursday, April 30, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. – Hospital safety report cards were released today, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital continued its straight-A streak for keeping patients safe from medical errors, infections, accidents and other harm to patients in their care.

The Leapfrog Group assigns hospitals across the nation A, B, C, D or F safety grades in the spring and fall of each year, based on hospital performance on 28 publicly reported quality and safety data. The safety grades are designed to help patients quickly assess and choose the safest local hospitals to seek care.

Of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals graded in the Spring 2020 report card, 33% earned an A, 25% earned a B, 34 % earned a C, 7% a D and less than 1% received an F. Sarasota Memorial has earned straight A’s since it began participating in Leapfrog’s voluntary hospital safety survey in 2016. 

“As the nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and healthcare workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Sarasota Memorial Hospital. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.” 

SMH CEO David Verinder attributed the high marks to the dedication and diligence of the entire team. “Our highest priority now and always is the safety of our patients, staff and the community we serve.”

According to a Spring 2019 study on the Hospital Safety Grade, researchers said more than 50,000 lives would have been saved if all hospitals had an avoidable death rate equivalent to A hospitals, noting that when compared to A hospitals:

  • Patients at D and F hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death
  • Patients at C hospitals on average face an 88% greater risk of avoidable death
  • Patients at B hospitals on average face a 35% greater risk of avoidable death

To access Leapfrog’s full results, visit


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 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 award since the rating system launched in 2016.