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

Rankings put hospital among America’s top 50 for specialized rehabilitation and urology care

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) earned top marks on U.S. News‘ 2022-2023 Best Hospitals list, which was released on July 26, the health care system has announced.

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

“SMH also garnered ‘high performer’ ratings for a third specialty, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery,” as well as for 15 widely performed procedures and conditions common among Medicare patients, the release adds.

“We are honored to once again be included in this prestigious list and recognized in such a wide range of specialties, conditions and procedures,” said David Verinder, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, in the release. “These rankings and ratings reflect our continuing focus on quality amid the pandemic, and we are extremely grateful to our team of physicians, nurses and staff providing exceptional care to our patients,” he noted in the release.

The 15 other procedures and conditions that are the most common among Medicare patients, for which the hospital was rated a “high performer,” are as follows:

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

“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, U.S. News also rates hospitals as ‘high performing,’ ‘average’ or ‘below average’ in 20 procedures and the conditions most common among patients 65 and older, the release explains.

Further, of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that U.S. News evaluates each year, SMH repeatedly has been ranked among the 50 Best Hospitals in at least one specialty, the release notes. “And in Florida, SMH once again earned the #1 spot for the Sarasota-Bradenton-North Port region,” as well as the No. 6 spot in Florida, the release points out.

Now in its 33nd year, U.S. News’ annual Best Hospitals rankings are published at