HealthGrades Names Sarasota Memorial Hospital 5-Star Rated in 23 Specialties


Patients treated at 5-Star Hospitals have 73% lower chance of death and are 63% less likely to experience complications compared to 1-Star Hospitals

Sarasota, FL (Oct. 18, 2011) – A report released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Sarasota Memorial Hospital 5-star rated in 23 specialty areas.

Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals.

“We’re very proud to be awarded five stars in so many specialties,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie. “It is a testament to the commitment and caliber of our physicians and health care team who are working hard to save lives every day. The recognition is heartening, but at the end of the day, what makes us most proud is how our patients feel, and we want them to feel better just knowing we’re here.”

“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Sarasota Memorial Hospital for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area.”

In addition to the Five-Star ratings below, earlier this year Sarasota Memorial was awarded HealthGrades three most prestigious overall quality awards for 2011– America’s 50 Best Hospitals (top 1% for quality & safety), Patient Safety Excellence Award (top 5% for patient safety) and Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence (top 5% for clinical excellence).

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

Patients had, on average a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.

Patients had, on average, were 63% less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.

If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.

If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had gone to 5-star hospitals for their procedure, 164,472 in-hospital complications could have potentially been avoided.

The new 5-star study released today analyzed the mortality and complication rates for a variety of procedures and diagnoses at 5,000 U.S. hospitals. A 5-star rating means the hospital outperformed the national average to a statistically significant degree. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals in the Tampa-St Petersburg area can be found online at

About Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 700,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, safest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care walk-in clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties) ever to make HealthGrades’ 50 best list. For information, visit:

About HealthGrades
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