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U.S. News & World Report Announces 2014 “Best Hospitals” Rankings

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SARASOTA (July 15, 2014) – Once again, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in the region to make the grade on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list. Not only was the hospital ranked among the very best hospitals in the nation for Gynecology care in 2014-15, U.S. News also ranked Sarasota Memorial among the top five hospitals in Florida and #1 in southern Florida for overall care.

The annual "Best Hospitals" rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. Sarasota Memorial Chief Medical Operations Officer Steve Taylor, MD, attributed the hospital’s consistently high rankings to the exceptional expertise and dedication of its entire team – from physicians and nurses to leaders, staff and volunteers throughout the health system. 

“We are honored to be recognized among the nation’s best hospitals – it means as much to us today as the first time we made the list 10 years ago,” said Taylor said. “It’s truly a testament to our public mission and commitment to provide outstanding care to the community we serve.”  

In U.S. News’ 2014-15 Best Hospitals rankings, Sarasota Memorial rose in the rankings, to #30 in Gynecology care (up from #48 last year). It also was recognized nationally as a “high performing” hospital in eight specialties – up from six specialties last year:

  • Cancer (new this year)
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology 
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery  
  • Geriatrics  
  • Nephrology
  • Orthopedics 
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology (new this year)

On a state and metropolitan level, U.S. News ranked Sarasota Memorial #1 in South Florida, #1 in the Sarasota-Venice-North Port-Bradenton region and #5 (up from #6 in 2013) among all 265 Florida hospitals for overall care.  

U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.  

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties. The rankings are freely available here and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August. 

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.

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