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Sarasota Memorial ranks among top 5% of hospitals in America

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Jan/26/2010

Forbes Map GraphicSarasota Memorial ranks among the top 5% of hospitals in America based on its unusually low mortality and complication rates, according to a study reported on Forbes.com today.

Forbes based its report on an annual survey by HealthGrades, an independent hospital rating company based in Golden, Colo., which singled out 269 hospitals across the country with unusually low mortality and complication rates for 26 different procedures and diagnoses. These include treatment for heart failure, pneumonia, stroke, as well as hip and knee replacement operations, back surgery and stent procedures.

Sarasota Memorial and the other select hospitals on the list were designated among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country, with the lowest complication and mortality rates for a variety of procedures nationwide. Collectively, the top hospitals have a 29% lower mortality rate and 9% lower complication rate compared with all other hospitals. The rankings are based on data from 40 million patients on Medicare who were hospitalized between 2006 and 2008.

In today’s report, HealthGrades estimates that if every hospital performed as well as those in the top 5%, it could potentially save 150,132 lives and prevent 13,104 complications in the Medicare population.

“There's huge variation in quality," said Dr. Rick May, vice president of clinical consulting for HealthGrades, in the report. "Patients need to be careful about evaluating their health care providers before handing over their lives and health."

Date Published: January 26, 2010

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