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SMH Ranks Among Top 5 Percent in Nation for Women’s Health

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HealthGrades Report: Women’s Mortality Risk 40% Lower at Top-Performing Hospitals SARASOTA, Fla. (May 3, 2011) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System ranked among the top five percent in the nation for women’s health, and a recipient of the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award.™

The findings are based on an analysis of more than 5 million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009 and focused on 16 procedures and diagnoses. HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals report identified the top-performing hospitals in the nation for women’s health and compared women’s health outcomes to those of men in two primary areas: cardiac care and bone and joint health.

The most significant differences identified were in the area of cardiovascular care, with only one-third of female heart attack patients receiving life-saving surgical interventions compared to nearly half of male patients. Of those women who did undergo heart surgery or angioplasty, HealthGrades found a 30% higher death rate compared to men.

“Much work remains to be done to better understand the differences between men’s and women’s health. But many providers are successfully implementing systems of care to more accurately diagnose and treat disease in women,” said Dr. Rick May, co-author of the Women’s Health study and HealthGrades Vice President of clinical quality services. “The 170 HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients have set an example in providing superior care to the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters in their communities.”

Key findings of the HealthGrades Women’s Health study include:

· Compared to those treated at poor-performing hospitals, female patients at Women’s Health Excellence Award hospitals had a 40.56% lower risk-adjusted mortality across nine cardiac, pulmonary and vascular-based diagnoses and procedures and a 16.13% lower risk-adjusted rate of complications across five orthopedic procedures.

· An additional 41,025 women over the age of 65 could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 8,558 could have avoided a major complication if all hospitals had performed at the level of HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals.

· For treatment of heart attack in 2009, only one-third of women received a cardiac surgical intervention compared to almost half of men (33.5% and 45.6%, respectively).

· Among heart attack patients receiving a cardiac intervention, such as coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty, women had a 30% higher death rate compared to men.

· Women make up a higher percentage of admissions for hip fracture repair than men; this has remained unchanged from 2005 to 2009 (74% for women, 26% for men).

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 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. For information, visit:

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