Sarasota Memorial Listed Among “America’s 100 Best Hospitals™” for Stroke Care, Awarded Five-Star Rankings in Heart, Stroke, Spine Surgery and more than a dozen


America's 100 Best Hospitals Stroke Care Logo SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2012) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital today announced that it is among America’s top 100 hospitals for stroke care – with HealthGrades’ 5-star ratings in the treatment of stroke, heart attack, spine surgery and more than a dozen other specialties. 


The recognition is part of new findings released today in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 procedures and conditions. A 5-star quality measurement indicates that Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s clinical performance is better than expected. 

Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, bases its objective hospital quality measures solely on clinical performance and updates them annually, free to the public. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available at

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital is also a recipient of the following Healthgrades accolades:





Critical Care

Emergency Care

Women’s Care

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars had, on average, 75% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1 star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke, and pneumonia).

In this year’s report, Healthgrades also analyzed findings over its last five study periods (2005-2011) to provide an overview of trends in hospital quality over a longer period. Among its key findings, Healthgrades found that the nation’s average in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rate improved 22% for procedures and conditions studied by Healthgrades over the last seven years. 


“Heart disease and stroke remain the #1 killer of men and women, and there is perhaps no greater area where we invest in the technology, treatment and expertise to manage this disease,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie. “As the region’s only public hospital – and the only state certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in southwest Florida – we offer greatest breadth and depth of care in the region. We’re happy to set the benchmark for care.”

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon hospital admission.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at


About Sarasota Memorial: 
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 800,000 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 clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation. Sarasota Memorial operates the only state-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in southwest Florida. It also is the only hospital in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties) ever to make HealthGrades’ 50 best list. 



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