Sarasota Memorial named among ‘World’s Best Hospitals’ in latest ‘Newsweek’ report

SMH only hospital in Southwest Florida to make the list

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has been recognized among the world’s best hospitals in Newsweek’s sixth annual global ranking of hospitals. It is the only hospital in southwest Florida ever to make the list, SMH announced on Feb. 28.

“To determine the rankings, Newsweek and global data firm Statista ranked more than 2,400 hospitals across 30 countries in 2024,” a news release points out. “SMH-Sarasota was one of 412 hospitals in the United States and 18 in Florida to make the prestigious list, based on patient care quality metrics and surveys of patients, physicians and hospital staff,” the release adds.

SMH-Sarasota has earned a spot on the World’s Best Hospitals list every year since the global rankings began in 2019, the release points out. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO David Verinder recognized the entire health care team and the members’ deep commitment to the community for the repeated recognition: “The people who work here are what sets Sarasota Memorial apart,” he said. “There is a sense of pride and community ownership that has been passed down through the decades and continues to inspire us today.”

Nancy Cooper, global editor-in-chief for Newsweek, “noted the goal of the study is to provide a data-based comparison of hospital reputation and performance across countries,” the release explains. “Hallmarks of great hospitals are not just first-class care, first-class research and first-class innovation; the very best institutions also share another quality – consistency,” the release says of her comments. The list, she added, with emphasis, “recognizes hospitals that consistently attract the best people and provide the best outcomes for patients as well as the most important new therapies and research.”

The World’s Best Hospitals 2024 ranking lists facilities in the following countries: the United States, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Brazil, India, Spain, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Colombia, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Malaysia, Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Israel, and Singapore, the release notes. “The countries were selected based on multiple comparability factors, such as standard of living/life expectancy, population size, number of hospitals, and data availability,” the release says.

The full list is published online at