SMH ranked among the best!

“Some hospitals have more expertise than others when it comes to caring for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions. And people facing such health challenges need every bit of help they can get. That’s why U.S. News & World Report publishes annual rankings of the nation’s Best Hospitals.”  — U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News released its 2013 “Best Hospitals” rankings today, and Sarasota Memorial made the list for the second straight year, ranking #48 in Gynecology and recognized as “high performing” in six additional specialties.

SMH is the only local hospital to earn a spot on the list.

Each year, the publication evaluates the nation’s 5,000 hospitals and ranks the top 50 in 16 adult specialties. U.S. News says only 15 percent of all hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best and just 3 percent earn a national ranking in any specialty. Rankings are determined based on a study of indicators that include patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data.

In addition to the top 50 ranking in Gynecology, SMH earned “high performing” status in these specialties this year:
– Diabetes & Endocrinology
– Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
– Geriatrics
– Nephrology
– Orthopedics
– Pulmonology

On a statewide and metropolitan level, U.S. News also ranked Sarasota Memorial No. 1 in the Sarasota-Bradenton region and No. 6 (up from No. 8 in 2012) among Florida’s 265 hospitals.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor.

For local coverage of this honor, click here.

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