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Sarasota Memorial Once Again Named Consumers' Preferred Hospital

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SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2011) – For the 14th consecutive year, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was named the Consumer Choice Award winner for the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice metropolitan area by the National Research Corporation.

The award for 2011-2012 identifies hospitals that health care consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image ratings in more than 300 markets throughout the nation. Of the 3,200 hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), as defined by the US Census Bureau. The study surveyed over 250,000 households representing over 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.

"Sarasota Memorial is delighted to earn this recognition from our community members,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie. "The award is a reflection of our physician and hospital staff's commitment to delivering compassionate, high quality care.”

National Research Corporation – an independent health care performance measurement company based in Lincoln, Neb – annually provides Consumer Choice Awards for the most-preferred hospitals in major U.S. markets. Winners, named in Modern Healthcare magazine, are selected from the nation's most comprehensive, nationwide consumer health care profile, the Ticker, formerly known as the Healthcare Market Guide. Consumer Choice Awards for hospitals are based on consumer preference responses.

"Consumers are taking a more proactive role in their healthcare decisions and demanding higher quality,” said Susan Henricks, President and Chief Operating Officer at NRC. "At NRC, we know it is imperative to learn from the patient’s experience in order to improve the quality of care. The Consumer Choice Award recognizes facilities that are meeting or exceeding the needs of consumers – their patients.”

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
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. One of the 10 largest public hospitals in America, 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:

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