Sarasota Memorial ranked among world’s best hospitals by ‘Newsweek’ magazine

Variety of medical performance indicators used in creating the rankings

The Sarasota Memorial complex is on U.S. 41 in Sarasota. Photo courtesy Sarasota Memorial Health Care

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has been named one of the world’s best hospitals in a global ranking compiled for the third time by Newsweek magazine, the hospital has announced.

“SMH was one of 13 Florida hospitals to make the list, which spotlights 2,000 hospitals across 25 countries,” a news release says. “Newsweek compiled the list in collaboration with global market research and consumer data company Statista Inc.,” the release explains. Hospitals were selected based on a variety of medical performance indicators, including low mortality, and complication and readmission rates, as well as recommendations from medical professionals and patient survey results, the release adds.

“During a global pandemic, there is no better time to recognize our incredible physicians and staff for their dedication and unwavering commitment to provide world-class care to our community,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder in the release.

Newsweek compiles the list to help consumers discover the ways that leading hospitals — close to home and around the world — are shaping the future of medicine,” the release notes. Hospital results were validated and checked for quality assurance by a global board comprising “renowned medical experts,” the release points out.

“As the events of 2020 made clear, our lives and those of our loved ones may rest on the kind of health care we have access to,” said Nancy Cooper, global editor-in-chief of Newsweek, in the release. “Of course, we hope that we — and you — won’t need to seek care or visit a friend or family member in any hospital this year. But if you do, this ranking of the World’s Best Hospitals 2021 can help you feel confident as you make a critical choice about medical care,” she added in the release.

The global recognition follows SMH’s ranking among America’s 100 Top Hospitals and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health, along with its continuous 5-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the release notes.