Why SMH

smh-surgery-roomLocal Focus, National Acclaim

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional medical center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care. With its flagship, 829-bed, acute-care hospital, the system has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest, and best, with superior patient outcomes, advanced specialties and range of preventive screening, diagnostic and post-acute services. Founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in the region that U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation.

Here are some of the accomplishments that recognize our focus on your care:

  • Highest 5-Star national rating for quality
    • Sarasota Memorial is proud to be among the handful of hospitals nationwide that carry the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) top rating for overall quality and safety. Less than 10 percent of CMS’s evaluated hospitals earned the 5-Star rating in 2017, and Sarasota Memorial is the only one in Florida to have consistently earned the top rating since the rating system launched in 2016.
    • U.S. News & World Report top performer
      • SMH earned “high performer” ratings in all three evaluated, cardiac surgery-related conditions/procedures (abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, and heart bypass surgery) in U.S. News‘ 2018-2019 “Best Hospitals” report.
    • Society of Thoracic Surgeons highest 3-Star ratings in all five evaluated cardiac surgery categories
      • In 2018, Sarasota Memorial Hospital earned the highest ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for aortic valve replacement (AVR), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), AVR combined with CABG surgery, isolated mitral valve replacement/repair (MVRR), and MVRR combined with CABG. SMH is one of only three participating hospitals in the US and Canada to earn the top rating in all five of those publicly reported categories.
    • Consistently awarded Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the most prestigious distinction for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care.
    • Cardiac Acute Care Unit was awarded the Gold Beacon Award by the American Association of Critical Care nurses for demonstrating excellence in nursing care.
    • Accredited by The Joint Commission for top-quality, safe care.
    • One of Becker’s Hospital Review‘s 2017 “100 great Hospitals in America.”