Why SMH

Local Focus, National Acclaim

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional medical center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care. With its flagship, 829-bed, acute-care hospital, the system has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest, and best, with superior patient outcomes, advanced specialties and range of preventive screening, diagnostic and post-acute services. Founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in the Suncoast region continuously ranked among the top hospitals in the nation.

Some of Sarasota Memorial’s accomplishments that recognize our focus on your care:

  • Highest 5-Star national rating for quality:
    • Sarasota Memorial is proud to be among the handful of hospitals nationwide that carry the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) top rating for overall quality and safety. In January 2017, Sarasota Memorial remained the only hospital in Florida to receive the federal government’s top rating for overall quality and safety.
  • “A” Grade for Patient Safety
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital received an “A” for patient safety, earning a top spot among America’s safest hospitals in a national safety study released by The Leapfrog Group in 2017.
  • Recognized as one of the U.S.’s Top 100 Hospitals for 2017 by Becker’s Health Review.
  • Consistently rated among the “Best Hospitals” by  U.S. News & World Report for overall quality, safety and patient care. Our U.S. News regional rankings in 2016-2017 include #1 on the Suncoast (Sarasota-Venice-North Port-Bradenton) and “Best Hospital” in South Florida.
  • Consistently awarded Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the most prestigious distinction for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care.
  • Accredited by The Joint Commission for top-quality, safe care.
  • According to FloridaHealthFinder.gov, Sarasota Memorial offers the lowest charges of all Sarasota County hospitals, and SMH’s charge profile is below Florida’s statewide average (Floridahealthfinder.gov, 2017).