Sarasota Memorial shines in magazines hospital rankings

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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:15 am

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Sarasota Memorial Hospital makes the grade and is ranked among the top fifty hospitals in the U.S. and #1 in southern Florida.

This is not the first time Sarasota Memorial Hospital is making the grade in U.S. News and World Reports best hospitals list. But they are outdoing themselves because this year they rank higher in two additional specialties from last year.

“It's great to get an award, or recognition like this,” says Sarasota Memorial’s chief medical operations officer Dr. Steve Taylor. But what happens occasionally, he says, is that next year you might not get that award. So you kind of always have to be on the top of your game.

But, what does really take to stay on top? “The patient care, high quality and patient safety; just stay the course.”

But SMH isn’t just on autopilot, because this year they are nationally recognized as a high performing hospital in eight specialties, which is two more than last year. The new additions are urology and cancer.

“Yes, this rating is exciting.” Dr. James Fiorica, director of the women's cancer care program at SMH, says it was nice to watch the ratings change. Although SMH was in the top fifty last year. “But it’s nice to make such a big jump.”

They are now #30. “I was able to work with other doctors in the OB/GYN department as they opened the new Mother Baby Unit.”

The focus on the female patient and new technology, including robotics, may take partial credit for propelling gynecological care at DMH up from #48 to #30. “I was just so pleased because all that hard effort pays off.”

But its patients and the community’s view of SMH a community resource that make the difference, says Dr. Taylor. It’s not just the average citizen, but community leaders, the SMH board, people you talk to in the airport and the cab. “We were doing some interviews for a position the other day, and one of the candidates said she talked to a cab driver and told him that she was interviewing here, and he said, ‘oh yeah, that's the best hospital.’”

Both doctors say its SMH's unwavering focus on patient safety and quality outcomes that has earned them these recognitions.

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