Sarasota Memorial earns multiple spots on U.S. News’ ‘Best Hospitals’ list

2021-22 rankings place hospital among nation’s 50 best for specialized rehabilitation

Sarasota Memorial is shown as being ranked No. 6 among the best hospitals in Florida. Image from U.S. News & World Report

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has earned top marks in U.S. News’ 2021-2022 “Best Hospitals” list, which was released on July 27, the hospital has announced.

“This year’s rankings place SMH among the 50 ‘Best Hospitals’ in America for specialized rehabilitation for people recovering from serious injuries and debilitating diseases,” a news release notes.

“SMH also achieved ‘high performer’ ratings in 15 procedures and conditions common among Medicare patients,” the release adds:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (AAA).
  • Aortic valve surgery.
  • Back surgery (spinal fusion).
  • Congestive obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Colon cancer surgery.
  • Diabetes.
  • Heart attack.
  • Heart bypass surgery.
  • Heart failure.
  • Hip replacement.
    • Kidney failure.
  • Knee replacement.
  • Lung cancer surgery.
  • Stroke.
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

“Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals U.S. News evaluated, SMH was among 175 across the nation — and the only hospital in the Suncoast region — to earn a national ranking in at least one specialty,” the release points out.

Now in its 32nd year, U.S. News’ annual “Best Hospitals” list “is designed to help patients make informed decisions when choosing a medical provider,” the release explains.

“While the ‘Best Hospitals’ specialty rankings are meant for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions who need a hospital that excels in treating complex, high-risk cases,” the release notes, “U.S. News also rated hospitals as ‘high performing,’ ‘average’ or ‘below average’ in more than a dozen procedures and the conditions most common among patients 65 and older.”

“The goal is to evaluate how well hospitals perform in each procedure or condition — and not just with the most difficult cases, as with the specialty rankings, but with the full range of patients,” U.S. News stated in this year’s report.

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