Becker's Hospital Review recently released its list of “100 Hospitals With Great Women's Health Programs” and Sarasota Memorial Hospital was one of just six hospitals in the state and the only provider in the Southwest Florida region to earn a spot on the national publication’s honor roll.
To compile the list, which recognizes some of the most outstanding providers of women's health in the United States, Becker's Hospital Review consulted a number of resources, including clinical accolades, quality care and women's health proficiencies and awards. The list reflects hospitals that offer outstanding programs within women's health, including gynecology, obstetrics, reproductive medicine and other gender-specific conditions and health needs. The hospitals additionally have been recognized for excellence in this specialty by several sources, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and its National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health model, U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, the World Health Organization's and UNICEF's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, Delta Group CareChex and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Becker’s notes that Sarasota Memorial has a long history of responding to women’s unique health needs and that women have played a key role in the hospital’s success over the years.
“Sarasota Memorial Hospital would not be standing without the dedicated women of the community,” Becker’s said. “In 1921, women residents of Sarasota raised money to fund the first hospital in the area, and in 1925, Sarasota Hospital opened as a 32-bed facility. Today, the hospital provides high-quality women's health programs, ranging from gynecological cancer to pain management, and it is the only hospital in the four-county region to have an intensive care nursery for new mothers.”
Becker’s is the latest independent organization to recognize Sarasota Memorial’s exceptional care for women. In July, Sarasota Memorial earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report's 2012 "Best Hospitals" list, ranking #47 in the nation for excellence in gynecological care. Earlier this year, the hospital also received HealthGrades' Women’s Health Excellence and Maternity Care Excellence Awards.
“These honors are a reflection of our commitment to ensure that women in our community receive the most effective, personalized care for all of their health needs in every stage of life,” said Pam Beitlich, director of Women and Children’s Services.
For more information about Sarasota Memorial’s Women’s Services, visit our website page.
Media contact: Kim Savage