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 8 percent of CMS’s evaluated hospitals earned the 5-Star rating in 2019, and Sarasota Memorial is the only one in Florida to have consistently earned the top rating since the rating system launched in 2016.
  • “A” Grade for Patient Safety
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital received an “A” for patient safety, earning a top spot among America’s safest hospitals in a national safety study released by The Leapfrog Group in 2019.
  • U.S. News & World Report “Standout” Hospital
    • SMH earned strong ratings in all 9 procedures and conditions evaluated in U.S. News 2019-2020 “Best Hospitals” report — an achievement attained by less than 1% of evaluated hospitals — and was named “Best Regional Hospital” in the Sarasota-Bradenton-North Port area. Evaluated procedures and conditions included cardiac bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and heart failure.
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons highest 3-Star ratings in all 5 evaluated categories
    • In 2019, Sarasota Memorial Hospital earned the highest ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for patient care and outcomes in all 5 evaluated categories [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 cardiac programs in the US and Canada to earn the top rating in all 5 of those publicly reported categories.
  • Accredited as an American Heart Association Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. Sarasota Memorial was the first in Florida and only the fourth in the US to earn this designation for exemplary comprehensive cardiovascular care.
  • Rated among the nation’s top-performing hospitals for cardiac surgery in Consumer ReportsHeart Surgery Ratings and Safety Guide (July 2018). Only 18 of the 500 evaluated hospitals earned this honor in both valve replacement and bypass surgery.
  • 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.