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SMH ranks among 50 "Best Hospitals" for GYN Services, #1 in Region for Overall Quality & Care

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SARASOTA (July 17, 2012) ­ -- Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only local hospital on U.S. News & World Report's 2012 "Best Hospitals" list, ranking #47 for excellence in gynecological care. It also ranked #1 again for overall care in the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port region, and this year earned a spot on Florida's top 10 hospitals list.

The region's only public health system, Sarasota Memorial was among just 3 percent of the nation's hospitals to earn its spot on the list of 50 Best Hospitals. In U.S. News' 2012 Best Hospitals study, fewer than 150 of roughly 5,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated earned a national ranking in at least one of 16 medical specialties. As it did last year, U.S.News expanded its list to recognize nearly 550 additional "high performing" hospitals in major metropolitan areas, giving consumers a new way to compare hospitals in their region that perform nearly as well in at least one rated specialty as their nationally ranked counterparts, according to U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow.

The annual guide is designed to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges, Comarow said, adding: "All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care. They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases."

This year, U.S.News modified its methodology, taking some of the juice out of high reputational scores and giving community hospitals like Sarasota Memorial with solid clinical data more opportunity to show patients how well they perform. Reputation still counts as 32.5 percent of a hospital's overall score, but the modification had the effect of shrinking the range of reputational scores, thereby reducing the distance between hospitals.

In addition to its national ranking in Gynecology, Sarasota Memorial ranked #1 in the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port metro area for overall quality and care, #8 in Florida, and among the top quartile nationally for achieving "high performing" hospital rankings in the following specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonology

The U.S.News ranking is the latest in a series of accolades in 2012 honoring the health system's overall care and singling out women's care in particular. In the past several months, HealthGrades named Sarasota Memorial among "America's 50 Best Hospitals" and placed it in the top 5 percent. of providers for patient safety. It also received HealthGrades' "Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence," the Womens Health Excellence Award, the Maternity Care Excellence Award, Emergency Medicine Excellence award and five-star ratings in 23 different specialty areas.

Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie thanked physicians, nurses and staff, noting that the national recognition the health system has received consistently over the years is due to the diligence, dedication and hard work they demonstrate every day. "Healthcare is a fast-paced environment that constantly confronts professionals with situations that strain them to function at their best ... to continue to perform at this level, day after day and year after year, takes constant vigilance and unwavering commitment on the part of our entire team."

The U.S.News regional rankings cover 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked. The complete rankings and methodology are available 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 is the only hospital in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties) ever to rank in U.S. News' "Best Hospitals" and HealthGrades "America's 50 Best Hospitals" lists.

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