SMH-Sarasota Continues Straight “A” Safety Streak, SMH-Venice Earns “A” on its First Hospital Safety Report Card

SMH-Sarasota Continues Straight “A” Safety Streak, SMH-Venice Earns “A” on its First Hospital Safety Report Card

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

SARASOTA (May 1, 2024) – Both Sarasota Memorial campuses received top marks for how well they prevent medical errors, accidents and infections in The Leapfrog Group’s 2024 Hospital Safety Report Cards released today.

It is the latest in a string of straight A’s for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s flagship SMH-Sarasota campus, and the first report card issued to SMH-Venice, which opened in November 2021. (Hospitals must be open for two years before Leapfrog will begin assigning them safety grades).

“Your track record for keeping patients safe is a tremendous achievement shared by few hospitals across the country, and these accomplishments underscore your reputation as an organization focused on patient safety,” Leapfrog officials wrote in Sarasota Memorial’s notification letter. The letter grades are based on Leapfrog’s 2023 hospital survey data and patient safety outcomes and measures obtained from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from 2020 to 2023.Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO David Verinder

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO David Verinder commended the SMH-Sarasota team for continuing the straight “A” streak it has held since 2016, and the SMH-Venice team for earning its first A, despite a volley of challenges it has experienced since opening.

“Despite a tight labor market, supply shortages and the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, SMH physicians and staff continue to demonstrate their resiliency and resourcefulness and a deep commitment to providing safe, high-quality care to our entire community,” Verinder said.

Sharon Roush, president of the SMH-Venice campus, was especially pleased with the A her team earned on its first Leapfrog report card. The original 110-bed hospital has operated at or near full capacity since the first week it opened in November 2021. The hospital has been working quickly to double its inpatient capacity to 212. It opened two upper floors of a new Northeast Tower in April, adding 68 private patient suites, and another patient care floor with 34 additional private suites is scheduled to open later this year.Sharon Roush, president of SMH-Venice campus

“I am so proud of the Venice team for the outstanding care they have provided to our patients and community,” Roush said. “They have adapted to meet every challenge that came our way, including caring for thousands of patients impacted by the permanent closure of the ShorePoint Health Venice Hospital in the summer of 2022 and temporary closure of south Florida hospitals following Hurricane Ian.”

Sarah Lodge, chair of the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, said Sarasota Memorial has cared for the Suncoast community for almost a century, and the commitment of its hospital staff, physicians and volunteers to this community has never shone brighter.

“The consistently high safety ratings our hospitals receive from the Leapfrog Group, along with many other quality awards SMH receives each year, is a reflection of the dedication and exceptional service our team provides every day.”Sarah Lodge, chair of the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board

In this spring’s grading period, Leapfrog assigned letter grades to nearly 3,000 hospitals based on how well they prevent medical errors, accidents and infections. Nearly 30% of hospitals earned an “A,” 26% a “B,” 37% a “C,” 7% a “D,” and less than 1% an “F.” The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The Leapfrog grading system is fully transparent, free to the public and updated biannually to help patients choose the safest hospitals for their care. To view the Spring 2024 results, visit

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional health system offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 10,000 employees and 1.5 million patient visits each year across its two hospital campuses, freestanding ER, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, cancer institute, behavioral health pavilion and regional network of outpatient/urgent care centers and physician practices.