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Joint Commission LogoSarasota Memorial is the only local hospital to rank among the nation’s top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-2015 “Best Hospitals” list. U.S. News also ranked Sarasota Memorial among the top five hospitals in Florida and #1 in South Florida for overall care. The hospital also was honored as a top-performer in eight specialties: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

SMH was singled out by Consumer Reports for leading the nation in avoiding hospital readmissions. In the 2014 hospital rankings, Sarasota Memorial had the lowest (best) readmission rate of hospitals with at least 500 beds. The study ranked nearly 4,500 hospitals based on the most recent data available from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The American Heart Association Gold Plus awardSMH is the only hospital in the Suncoast region that has a nationally recognized, state-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. The designation is awarded sparingly to hospitals with advanced technology, treatments and specialists that offer stroke patients the best protection from death and disability. The American Heart Association/Stroke Association also awarded Sarasota Memorial its Get With the Guidelines “Gold Plus” award and national “Elite” honor roll status for achieving the nation’s highest quality outcomes in stroke care.

SMH is the only hospital in the region to earn Magnet Nursing Services Recognition, the nation’s highest honor for excellence in nursing. The American Nurses’ Credentialing Center re-designated Sarasota Memorial for the third time in 2014, an achievement earned by just 1 percent of hospitals worldwide.

SMH was named among Becker’s Hospital Review “100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs” in 2014-2015. Becker’s also recognized Sarasota Memorial among 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2014.

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