SARASOTA (July 28, 2022) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Sarasota Campus continues to lead the region in quality and safety, as the only hospital in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties to earn a 5-star rating for overall quality from the federal government this week.

The 5-star quality rating makes Sarasota Memorial the only hospital in Florida, and one of only 33 in the nation, to consistently earn the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest quality award since the rating system launched in 2016.

Of the 4,500-plus hospitals that were evaluated, less than 14% of received 5 stars in the CMS ratings updated on Wednesday. In Florida, only 15 hospitals achieved the 5-star designation in 2022.

CMS assigns the star ratings by evaluating hospitals’ results in dozens of quality measures that are divided into five categories: mortality, safety of care, readmissions, patient experience and timely and effective care.

The honor is the latest in a series of prestigious national awards Sarasota Memorial has received in July. In addition to earning several spots on U.S. News’ “Best Hospitals” list on Tuesday, SMH-Sarasota was also recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals and top 40 teaching hospitals in a study released a few weeks ago by Fortune/Merative.

David Verinder, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, credits the staff’s never-ending focus on delivering quality care, applauding the efforts of the entire health system.

“Our repeated recognition across multiple hospital rating organizations is a testament to the work of our staff and physicians,” said Verinder. “We are unquestionably a national leader in quality, safety and service, and it’s all due to the incredible team here, guided and supported by the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board.”

To access the 2022 CMS Star Ratings, click here.