‘U.S. News’ ranks Sarasota Memorial among nation’s 50 best hospitals for specialty services

SMH rated among nation’s top 10% for 18 more ‘high performing’ medical specialties, procedures and conditions

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On Aug. 1, U.S. News & World Report recognized Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) among the nation’s top hospitals for 20 medical specialties, procedures and conditions, including two specialties ranked high enough to make the “50 Best Hospitals” list, the health care system announced.

Of the nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated every year, SMH repeatedly has been recognized on the “50 Best Hospitals” list for at least one medical specialty at the same time it has been rated among the nation’s top 10% for other high performing specialties, conditions and procedures, a news release points out. In the 2023-24 rankings and ratings, SMH-Sarasota was put at No. 31 for specialized rehabilitation (rising from No. 35 last year) and No. 46 for obstetrics and gynecology care, a new national ranking this year, the release notes.

SMH’s other “high performing” specialties this year are gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; and urology. “While the specialty rankings are meant for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions who need a hospital that excels in treating complex cases,” the release explains, “U.S. News also rates hospital performance on more commonly performed procedures and conditions, such as hip replacement and heart failure. In addition to the broader specialty rankings and ratings, SMH-Sarasota received ‘high performing’ ratings for 13 specific procedures and conditions, the release adds.

“This year’s rankings and ratings from U.S. News are a tribute to the breadth, depth and quality of care Sarasota Memorial provides every day, from routine treatments and procedures to complex, rare and high-risk cases,” said David Verinder, CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, in the release. “The consistent, high performance of our hospital and care providers is something our health system and community can all take pride in.”

“Hospitals that perform exceptionally well on multiple procedures and conditions also earn state and regional rankings from U.S. News,” the release notesThis year, SMH tied for the No. 5 spot in Florida, up from No. 6 last year, the release points out, and it maintained its longstanding record as the No. 1 hospital in the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port metropolitan region.

Lorrie Liang, president of SMH-Sarasota, recognized the entire SMH team for diligence and high-caliber care, and she commended the oncology team for gains made in cancer care, the release says.

Sarasota Memorial maintained its high performing rating for prostate, lung and colon cancer surgery, and this year it also earned a high performing rating for the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, the release notes.

“SMH’s high-performing status in oncology is a credit to our expanding Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute and team of dedicated, highly skilled cancer specialists,” Liang said in the release. “One of our most important priorities is to continue making targeted investments to ensure the Suncoast community has access to comprehensive, coordinated cancer care residents can count on.”

Now in its 34th year, the full list of U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings may be found here: http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings.