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SMH Listed Among Best in Nation for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia care

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SARASOTA, Fla. – (Aug. 10, 2011) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital has been recognized once again for demonstrating some of the best mortality/quality of care statistics in the nation.

Newly-released data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reveals mortality and re-admission rates for more than 4,600 hospitals nationwide. Statistics track patients who were admitted for heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia.

Sarasota Memorial was the only Tampa Bay-area hospital to perform well-above the national average in three of six categories, with a better-than-average mortality rates for heart attacks and pneumonia, and better than average readmission rates for heart attacks and heart failure. It also excelled in several other key quality measures.

For mortality and readmission rates, the study shows how often patients died or were readmitted within 30 days of discharge from a previous hospital stay for heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia. The rates are all “risk-adjusted” — which means they take into account how sick patients were, to make sure hospitals of different sizes and with different patient populations can be compared fairly.

Sarasota Memorial had the lowest (best) heart failure readmission rate of any Florida hospital and ranked among the top 15 hospitals nationally. The hospital also ranked in the top 15 hospitals in the nation for its low mortality rate for heart attack patients. Sarasota Memorial ranked in the top 10 hospitals in Florida for its low (better than average) mortality rates for pneumonia patients.

The analysis, which covers a three-year period from mid-2006 to 2009, was posted this month on USA Today’s website and the government’s Hospital Compare website.

To learn more, visit the following websites:

Hospital Compare, a consumer website administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) –

USA TODAY: In this interactive USA TODAY graphic, you'll find death and readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia for more than 4,000 hospitals.

For local news reports related to this issue, visit the following media links:

WTSP – Tampa Bay 10

Longboat Key News

Bradenton Herald

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