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Sarasota Memorial Hospital

SARASOTA — Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Doctors Hospital in Sarasota have been honored among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health.

SMH was chosen for the fifth time from 3,134 hospitals across the country for outperforming peer hospitals on all performance benchmarks in the study, including: inpatient mortality and complications, health care-associated infections, readmission rates, length of stay, costs of care and patient satisfaction.

Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder credits the achievement to the health system’s mission-driven team and the unwavering vision of its unpaid, publicly elected Sarasota County Public Hospital Board.

“This award is a reflection of our team’s dedication and longstanding public mission,” Verinder said in a news release. “Sarasota Memorial has served this community for 95 years, and it is that dedication and sense of community ownership and responsibility that drives everything we do.”

Compared to similar hospitals, the 100 Top Hospitals had better survival rates, fewer patient complications, fewer health-care-associated infections and lower 30-day mortality and readmission rates.

They also had shorter lengths of stay, lower inpatient expenses and higher ratings from patients.

According to this year’s study results, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care provided the 100 Top facilities:

• 106,000 additional lives could be saved in-hospital.

• 49,000 additional patients could be complication-free.

• the typical patient could be released from the hospital at least a half-day sooner.

• more than $8.3 billion in inpatient costs could be saved.

Watson Health commended top performers that have appeared on the 100 Top Hospital list multiple times, noting in a qualitative study that the organizations share key characteristics, including a mature culture with commitment to continuity in executive leadership, nursing excellence, leaders deeply connected to the hospital and their community, and hospital boards committed to quality and safety.

Being named multiple times was complimented by IBM Watson officials.

“Hospitals, health systems and the dedicated clinicians and staff who work at these organizations have emerged as true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are grateful to be able to recognize these extraordinary leaders at this time,” said Dr. Kyu Rhee, vice president and chief health officer of IBM Watson Health.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota was also named as one of the Top 100 Hospitals by Fortune/IBM Watson Health.

According to the organization, the list identifies top-performing hospitals that have good results on clinical outcomes, efficiency, and patient experience. It evaluates hospital readmission rates, length of stay, experiences in emergency rooms, and ratings from patients among other indicators.

“The organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high-value, patient-centered care, and innovation. It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top-performing hospitals are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis,” Rhee said.

“Each day our team focuses on quality, safety, and providing compassionate care to our community. I thank them for their dedication to this. Even with the recent pandemic we have not wavered from this commitment and it shows in recognitions such as this,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

The 100 Top Hospitals study has been conducted annually since 1993. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

To make the list, researchers evaluated Medicare cost reports, Medicare data, core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from more than 3,000 acute care hospitals in the United States.


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