Sarasota Memorial again named among ‘World’s Best Hospitals’

‘Newsweek’/Statistica report shows SMH the only hospital in Southwest Florida to make the list

For the fifth consecutive year, Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has been recognized among the world’s best hospitals in Newsweek and Statistica Inc.’s fifth annual global ranking of hospitals, SMH has announced.

The global rankings released this week by Newsweek, in collaboration with market research company Statista, “recognize approximately 2,300 medical institutions across 28 countries, including 440 hospitals in the United States and 16 in Florida,” an SMH news release notes.

SMH “is the only hospital in Southwest Florida to make the list, which is based on patient care quality metrics as well as surveys of patients, physicians and hospital staff,” the release points out.

The global rankings began in 2018.

“Despite a multitude of challenges during the pandemic, our team continues to demonstrate their unwavering commitment to provide our community with world-class care,” said Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO David Verinder in the release. “This kind of performance is possible because of the diligence and dedication of our entire team, from frontline physicians and nurses to the many other clinicians and non-clinical staff supporting their care,” he added in the release.

Relatively few hospitals can maintain what it takes to deliver world-class care, year in and year out, especially with rising costs, aging populations and a medical workforce exhausted from battling a global pandemic,” Nancy Cooper, global editor-in-chief of Newsweek, said in the release.

“The hallmarks of great hospitals, however, are not just first-class care, first-class research and first-class innovation,” she added in the release. “The very best institutions also share another quality: consistency. The world’s best hospitals consistently attract the best people and provide the best outcomes for patients as well as the most important new therapies and research.”

Newsweek releases the list each year to help consumers discover leading hospitals — close to home and around the world — shaping the future of medicine,” the release continues. Along with the United States, other countries in the global study are Germany, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Canada, India, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Austria, Thailand, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.

The 2023 World Best Hospital rankings are published online at