Sarasota Memorial named one of ‘America’s Greatest Workplaces for Women’

Hospital only Suncoast medical center on list

Sarah Lodge, chair of the public hospital board. Contributed photo

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has earned a 5-star rating on Newsweek’s 2024 list of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Women, the system announced on March 21.

Sarasota Memorial is “the only hospital on the Suncoast to be recognized on the list,” a news release points out.

The health system, which “has grown dramatically in the last few years,” is Sarasota County’s largest employer, “with more than 10,000 employees working across its two hospital campuses, freestanding ER, and network of outpatient care centers,” the release adds.

“Despite our rapid growth and a multitude of challenges our staff has faced in recent years, our employees remain the heart of our organization and continue to show their care and commitment to our patients and community every day,” said Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO David Verinder in the release. “They deserve our gratitude and ongoing support.”

Sarasota County Public Hospital Board Chair Sarah Lodge expressed gratitude to SMH leaders for creating a workplace that prioritizes work-life balance and equips employees with the support and resources to perform well each day, the release continues.

“As a public institution, and the largest employer in the area, SMH can help set a high standard for organizational success and show what is possible when you focus on your greatest asset — your people,” Lodge said.

“To determine the rankings,” the release explains, “Newsweek surveyed more than 142,000 women, and received more than 848,000 company reviews in 2022 and 2023.” Newsweek “also collected data on women in the workplace, women in leadership positions, and metrics including compensation and work-life balance,” the release notes. “This is the second time Newsweek has released this list.”

“We hope this ranking, which recognizes the companies that are committed to creating equitable workplaces, demonstrates how effective strong leadership can be and also proves useful to job-seekers looking for the kind of corporate culture they want to be part of,” said Nancy Cooper, global editor in chief for Newsweek, in the release.

The full list is published online at

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