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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 16, 2013) – Once again, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only local hospital to make the grade on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list, this year ranking #48 in Gynecology and recognized as "high performing" in six additional specialties. 

On a state and metropolitan level, U.S. News again ranked Sarasota Memorial #1 in the Sarasota-Bradenton region and #6 (up from #8 in 2012) among Florida’s 265 hospitals.  

Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie attributed the national recognition to the dedication and diligence its physicians, nurses and staff demonstrate every day. 

“While we are certainly pleased with the rankings, our true source of pride comes from the people who entrust us with their care,” she said. “As the region’s only public and only safety net hospital, we are proud to set the benchmark for high quality care in our community.”

Each year, U.S. News evaluates the nation’s 5,000 hospitals and ranks the top 50 in 16 adult specialties. U.S. News also recognizes “high-performing” hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers. 

In this year’s study, in addition to the top 50 ranking in Gynecology, Sarasota Memorial was recognized among the top quartile nationally for achieving “high performing” status in the following six specialties (up from four last year): 

  • Diabetes & Endocrinology (High Performer)
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery  (High Performer)
  • Geriatrics  (High Performer)
  • Nephrology  (High Performer)
  • Orthopedics  (High Performer)
  • Pulmonology  (High Performer)

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

Now in its 24th year, U.S. News publishes the Best Hospitals list to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties. 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. 

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” list.

About U.S. News
U.S. News’ Best Hospital rankings will be published here on July 16 and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands Aug. 27.

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