Sarasota Memorial recertified as Level II Trauma Center

Facility opened in 2015

After an extensive review of every aspect of its trauma program, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Sarasota campus has been recertified as a Level II Trauma Center, the health care facility has announced.

“Sarasota County’s first and only trauma center,” Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH)-Sarasota is a Level II facility, “meaning it is equipped with advanced treatments, technology and highly skilled trauma surgeons and subspecialists who stand ready 24/7 to provide lifesaving care to critically injured people in the Suncoast region,” a news release explains.

“The recertification process is an important step Florida trauma centers undergo every seven years to demonstrate compliance with state rules governing higher levels of care that trauma centers provide,” the release points out. In the first renewal survey since the facility’s opening, “the SMH-Sarasota trauma team met or exceeded all national benchmarks, with no deficiencies noted by the team of American College of Surgeons trauma experts who performed the in-depth, on-site assessment,” the release adds.

“Our trauma program strengthens the safety net of care available in the community, delivering a level of care not available in most hospitals, at a time when people need it most,” said Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO David Verinder in the release. “We are extremely proud of our trauma team and the lifesaving care they deliver every day.”

“The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board approved the funds and resources necessary to open the local trauma center in 2015, as part of the public health system’s ongoing commitment to provide top-quality, comprehensive care to the growing community,” the release explains. “In its first year, the trauma team cared for more than 1,000 patients. Today, it treats about 4,800 patients a year, with survival rates that are significantly better than national benchmarks,” the release points out.

National studies have found that care provided in a trauma center decreases the chance of death following injury by 25%, compared to care in hospitals without trauma centers, the release notes. Level II centers such as SMH “address the needs of injured patients across the entire spectrum of care, providing not only emergency and acute hospital care, but also post-hospital care and rehabilitation,” the release says. “SMH also provides important injury prevention programs, such as its ongoing Stop the Bleed classes, which encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency while waiting for professional help to arrive (visit for monthly class schedule),” the release adds.

“The SMH trauma center includes specially equipped trauma bays, operating rooms, a trauma intensive care unit, trauma step-down and progressive units, and specialty nursing and rehab units that ensure optimal care for trauma patients as they recover from their injuries,” the release continues. “In 2016, the hospital’s state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Pavilion opened, further promoting the recovery process for trauma and other patients recovering from injury, illness or disease,” the release notes.

The quality and scope of care it provides to patients has earned SMH-Sarasota recognition on a number of best hospital lists in recent years, among them the World’s Best Hospitals by Newsweek and Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation and multiple other specialties by U.S. News & World Report, the release points out.