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SMH Nursing Home, Home Care Earn Top CMS Quality Ratings

SMH Nursing Home, Home Care Earn Top CMS Quality Ratings

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

SARASOTA (Oct. 29, 2019) – The Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Sarasota Memorial Home Care team have each received 5-Star government ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

The public quality ratings — updated periodically on CMS’s website — continue a record of high-quality care designations that cross Sarasota Memorial’s range of hospital and post-acute services. The health system’s flagship 839-bed hospital holds the coveted honor as being the only hospital in Florida to consistently achieve the federal government’s highest 5-Star rating since CMS launched the Hospital Compare program in 2016.
In its Fall 2019 update, CMS reviewed about 16,000 nursing homes across the nation, with tougher standards to evaluate medical care, including facilities’ use of anti-psychotic drugs, which can pose serious risks for older adults and those with dementia. 

Its methodology also measures staffing ratios, successful discharges to the community, improvements in function, emergency visits and re-hospitalizations, in addition to state-conducted, annual health inspections and how much time nurses spend with residents. This year, CMS also added an alert icon to its online Nursing Home Compare tool to warn consumers about homes that have been flagged for violations including abuse and neglect.

“There are many personal considerations that go into choosing a nursing home or home care services, but they should always revolve around strong clinical outcomes and high-quality services,” said Maria DeCarlo, vice president of Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Services for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.SMH Rehab VP Maria DeCarlo 

To evaluate home health agencies, CMS reviews 27 process, outcome and patient experience measures, including timely initiation of care, patient/caregiver education, re-hospitalizations and progress patients make in their prescribed treatment plans.

For more information about CMS star ratings, visit and search for “Hospital Compare,” “Nursing Home Compare” or “Home Health Compare.” The online tools allow visitors to search by region or facility name.

About Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which is owned and operated by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, has been providing rehabilitation and skilled nursing services at its Clark Road facility for more than 20 years. The skilled nursing and rehab facility offers a variety of short-term, post-acute hospital and long-term care programs to meet individual patient’s needs. It is one of the few skilled nursing facilities in the nation equipped with a specialized 12-bed respiratory unit dedicated to ventilator and tracheostomy residents admitted for rehabilitation. Approximately 200 staff members make up its multi-disciplinary team and provide around-the-clock care to nearly 100 residents each day. 

About Sarasota Memorial Home Care
Sarasota Memorial Home Care offers a range of skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, infusion services and personal care for patients recovering at home from an operation, illness, injury or medical condition. In addition to home care nurses, the home care team includes physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, home health aides, dietitians, certified mastectomy fitters and pharmacists. It also provides telehealth monitoring of patients’ cardiovascular and respiratory status. In partnership with Baycare Health System, Sarasota Memorial Home Care serves residents of Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

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 1 million patient visits each year. Its flagship hospital in Sarasota, Fla., has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes. The system offers a complete continuum of care – from trauma, emergency and urgent care, to laboratory, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. SMH was recognized among the nation’s 100 top hospitals by IBM-Watson Health in 2019 and remains the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality rating since the evaluation system launched in 2016.