Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital is an 806-bed hospital at the heart of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, a regional medical center located in Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf Coast. With nearly 4,000 staff members, 750 physicians and more than 1,000 volunteers, it is the second-largest acute care public hospital in Florida and Sarasota County's second-largest employer. Sarasota Memorial is also considered among the 20 largest public hospitals in the United States.
A community health care system, Sarasota Memorial is a full-service facility, with specialized expertise in heart, vascular, cancer, neuroscience services, outpatient services, home health care, rehabilitative care and long-term care among its many programs. Sarasota Memorial is the only provider of obstetrical services and has the only Level III neonatal intensive care unit in Sarasota County.
The hospital was founded in 1925 and is one of the first non-academic hospitals in the nation to develop a clinical research service that conducts studies in lung disease, cardiology and vascular disease, geriatric medicine and many other specialty areas.
The hospital – first named Sarasota Hospital – was the community’s first modern hospital. It opened its doors on November 2, 1925, replacing a temporary "tent hospital" and six-bed facility that had been used to treat patients.
Local residents, mostly women, launched a year-long campaign to raise the $40,000 needed to build the 32-bed facility.
Today, that modest 32-bed facility run by the county's welfare association has grown into the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, a regional referral center with an 806-bed hospital and seven outpatient facilities, including two walk-in urgent care centers, long- and short-term skilled nursing center, home health services, laboratory and imaging centers and specialty campuses stretching beyond the county lines.
- 1 Sarasota Memorial’s Courtyard Tower
- 2 National Quality Rankings
- 3 Florida Select "Comprehensive Stroke Center"
- 4 Leading Cardiac Care with Columbia University Partnership
- 5 Magnet Nursing Designation
- 6 Surgical Innovations
- 7 A National Benchmark
- 8 Safety Net Hospital
- 9 Sarasota Memorial Facts and Figures (Fiscal Year 2012)
- 10 Facilities
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Sarasota Memorial’s Courtyard Tower
Sarasota Memorial’s new $250 million Courtyard Tower is now open (fall 2013). The nine-story, state-of-the-art facility includes new Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby Units, larger Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Units, Orthopedics and customer support areas. The new patient tower replaces about 220 beds from outdated 1960s-era areas of the hospital, adding more private rooms, a landscaped courtyard and the most advanced equipment and technology throughout.
Improved clinical features include: laptop stations built into every room, enabling doctors and nurses to enter their notes and prescribe tests and treatments electronically without leaving their patients’ bedsides; medical equipment and monitors suspended from the ceiling, leaving floor space and foot traffic clear; newborn beds equipped with special tools to resuscitate babies in emergency situations, so clinicians don’t have to waste precious seconds wheeling in rescue equipment. The new NICU has dedicated ‘quad-pods’ to more easily manage the care of multiples, surgery has a separate lobby check area and so much more.
The campus improvement project also includes a completely re-designed entryway to help patients get to the care they need, quickly and efficiently. Medical services in the new patient care tower now connect to their counterparts in the existing hospital, making it easier for people to find their way throughout the institution. Perhaps most importantly from patients’ point of view, 70 percent of the new tower’s rooms are private and feature the most advanced, patient-friendly, patient-safe design amenities. Courtyard Tower also has the latest hurricane proofing available to help ensure continuing patient care in the event of a severe storm.
National Quality Rankings
- America's 50 Best Hospitals – 2006-2013
- Excellence in Patient Safety – 2004-2012
- Excellence in Maternity Care and Women's Health – 2002-2012
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is recipient of HealthGrades’ highest ranking six years in a row – its “America’s 50 Best Hospitals.™” award. In HealthGrades annual studies, America’s 50 Best Hospitals rate among the top 1% of the nation’s hospitals for consistent clinical excellence.
Unlike other hospital quality studies, HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on patients’ clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications. Hospitals cannot opt out of the study, pay for their rankings or achieve extra points for reputation. To date, Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties) ever to make the list.
Sarasota Memorial also has been recognized by HealthGrades in its American Hospitals Quality Outcomes Report 2013: Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 procedures and conditions. Its 5-Star quatlity rating indicates a hospital's clinical performance is better than expected. Sarasota Memorial received 5 Stars in its treatment of stroke, heart attack, spine surgery and more than a dozen other specialties. The complete list is published below.
- Five-Star Rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2013
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack for 11 Years in a Row (2003–2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure for 11 Years in a Row (2003–2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2012
- Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery for 8 Years in a Row (2006–2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Treatment - 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) for 9 Years in a Row (2005–2013)
- Recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ - 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013)
- Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke - 5 Years in a Row (2009-2013)
- Ranked #5 in FL for Treatment of Stroke in 2013
- Ranked #9 in FL for Neurosciences in 2013
- Ranked Among the Top 10 in FL for Stroke 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013) (Ranked 5 in 2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Neurosciences in 2013
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke for 11 Years in a Row (2001–2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services for 5 Years in a Row (2009–2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia for 13 Years in a Row (2003–2013)
- Ranked #8 in FL for Critical Care in 2013
- Ranked Among Top 10 in FL for Critical Care - 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013) (Ranked 8 in 2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Sepsis for 10 Years in a Row (2004–2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism for 4 Years in a Row (2010–2013)
- Five-Star Rated for Maternity Care for 10 Years in a Row (2010–2012)
- Five-Star Rated for Women’s Care for 10 Years in a Row (2003–2012)
- Five-Star Rated for Emergency Medicine - 3 Years in a Row (2010–2012)
HealthGrades is the leading independent health care ratings company in the nation, and the only one that evaluates hospitals’ clinical performance solely on objective patient outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications.
More National Recognition for SMHCS
Thomson-Reuters Top 100 Hospitals
Sarasota Memorial Hospital was named among Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® based on its superior clinical outcomes and overall operational performance.
To qualify as one of Thomson-Reuters 100 Top Hospitals in the nation requires a close review of organizational performance, including patient care, efficiency and financial stability. The annual benchmark study evaluates 10 measures of hospital performance: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality, and readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.
Sarasota Memorial, named to the list for the second time, was one of just 15 independent hospitals to make the top 100 list, and one of only 12 across the nation to earn Thomson’s Everest Award, which goes to hospitals exhibiting top current organization-wide performance as well as the fastest long-term performance improvement.
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U.S. News & World Report 2013 "Best Hospitals" List
Sarasota Memorial ranks among 50 Best on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "Best Hospitals" list, ranking #48 for excellence in gynecological care. It also ranked #1 again for overall care in the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port region, and again this year earned a spot on Florida's top 10 hospitals list. The region's only public health system, Sarasota Memorial was among just 3 percent of the nation's hospitals to earn its spot on the list of 50 Best Hospitals. It was the only hospital in the region to make the list.
Florida Select "Comprehensive Stroke Center"
Florida’s Agency of Healthcare Administration (AHCA)has designated Sarasota Memorial as one of Florida's 17 “Comprehensive Stroke Centers” and the only one in the Suncoast region. As a state-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, Sarasota Memorial can provide a wider range of advanced treatment options, neuro and emergency specialists and comprehensive services beyond the scope of primary stroke centers. Studies show that 30 to 35 percent of stroke patients suffer complex stroke types, severe deficits or multiple organs affected that require the higher level of care offered in Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
Sarasota Memorial has been certified “with distinction” by the Joint Commission for National Quality Approval and given its “Gold Seal of Approval” for providing the greatest breadth and depth of specialists and advanced services for stroke patients. The hospital has achieved recognition as a Center of Distinction from Cigna for Craniotomy and Stroke Care. And is recipient of HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award 5 years in a row (2009-2013).
Emergency Stroke Specialties Unique to Sarasota Memorial include: • Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration – board certified, specialty trained physicians in Stroke Neurology, Vascular Neurosurgery and Endovascular Neuroradiology collaborating in complicated surgeries and cases. • State-of-the-art endovascular, neurosurgical, neuroimaging and neurointensivist therapies (such as brain glue, coils, and implanted pellets) and cerebrovascular blood clot removal/repair of abnormal intracranial blood vessels. • Ongoing participation in prestigious stroke-specific national and international clinical trials, including advanced hypothermia treatments for ischemic stroke patients and innovative use of rtPA to treat bleeding caused by hemorrhagic strokes.
Leading Cardiac Care with Columbia University Partnership
Sarasota Memorial's own 5-star rated by HealthGrades (top 1% of hospitals) cardiac program now works in collaboration with Columbia University Medical School's Division of Cardiac Surgery. New York's Columbia University is ranked among the nation's top academic medical schools and cardiovascular teaching programs. The partnership provides patients in Southwest Florida and beyond greater access to the latest innovations and treatment options in cardiac care.
Magnet Nursing Designation
Since 2003, Sarasota Memorial also has been awarded Magnet Nursing Services Recognition, the nation’s highest honor for excellence in nursing. Given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center, the premier authority on nursing, Magnet recognition means that Sarasota Memorial provides a supportive environment that attracts and retains the best and brightest caregivers. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the region to earn this designation. To be recognized as a Magnet hospital, applicants must pass a rigorous review, and meet criteria indicating superiority in all aspects of nursing services. Independently sponsored research projects suggest that Magnet facilities have positive outcomes for patients, nurses and workplaces.
In many cases, minimally invasive and robotic surgery at Sarasota Memorial has replaced traditional open surgery as the gold standard in care. Currently, there are more than 100 of these types of procedures commonly performed by Sarasota Memorial surgeons. Robotic surgery, in particular, continues to expand into more specialties because of its many benefits for patients, including:
- Reduced pain and trauma
- Fewer complications
- Less risk of infection
- Less risk of blood loss, fewer transfusions
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
Sarasota Memorial’s Robotic Surgery Program Sarasota Memorial is proud to have been the first hospital in Southwest Florida to pioneer da Vinci robotic surgery for patients. Now, with three robots and the hospital’s team of 22 da Vinci-trained surgeons in six specialties offers the most experienced program in the region.
A prime example is Sarasota Memorial’s robotic cardiac program. The hospital leads the nation in minimally invasive cardiac procedures. With a dedicated robotic cardiovascular surgery suite, Sarasota’s cardiac surgeons are employing minimally invasive robotic surgical techniques in a range of cardiac and thoracic procedures, including: mitral valve repair, coronary artery bypass, repair of atrial septal defects, tricuspid valve repairs, thymectomy, lobectomy and VATS lung resection.
iSuites/iORs Sarasota Memorial’s iSuite is the most technologically advanced suite of operating rooms (also called iORs) in the region. Housed in a state-of-the-art surgery wing, the iSuite’s four iORs feature multiple high-definition cameras and digital monitors, interlinked with voice-activated surgical equipment and room controls. The rooms, outfitted for robotic procedures, as needed, equip surgeons with real-time electronic medical records, two-way videoconferencing and more.
Hybrid OR Sarasota Memorial’s new hybrid cardiac catheterization lab-surgical suite is designed with all of the technology and services of cardiac surgery, vascular surgery and interventional cardiology integrated in one room. In this next-generation operating suite, patients don’t have to undergo multiple procedures on different days or be moved to separate procedure rooms to complete their care.
Procedures performed in the new hybrid rooms include minimally invasive methods to fix and repair heart valves, correct abnormal heartbeats and place stents to fix diseased or damaged heart vessels. The hybrid approach allows patients, for example, to receive a cardiac catheterization to check coronary arteries before planned valve surgeries or undergo a hybrid stent procedure and valve surgery at the same time.
A National Benchmark
In 2006, the hospital gained national attention for an emergency care initiative that resulted in a 30-minute wait time guarantee for all patients, eliminating ambulance diversions while significantly increasing patient volume and satisfaction. The initiative has eliminated the problem of overcrowding and long waits in the hospital's ER – a problem plaguing hospitals across the country.
Safety Net Hospital
Despite its tremendous growth and all its honors, Sarasota County’s only publicly owned hospital remains the only not-for-profit hospital in the surrounding 4-county region and provider of safety net of care for the community.
Sarasota Memorial Facts and Figures (Fiscal Year 2012)
- Number of beds: 806
- Average length of stay: 4.91 days
- Inpatient visits (hospital admissions): 24,187
- Total births: 3,018
- Number of physicians on staff: About 800
- Number of staff: About 4,000
- Total patient visits to SMHCS services & physicians: 793,655
- The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
- Sarasota Memorial provides over $100 million in mission services annually.
- The health system is governed by the nine elected members of the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board.
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is anchored by its 806-bed, acute-care hospital on the main campus at 1700 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, Fla. Also part of the main campus are the hospital’s Emergency Care Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Bayside Center for Behavioral Health, Cape Outpatient Surgery Center, Breast Health Center, Sleep Disorders Center and an array of outpatient services.
Sarasota Memorial Outpatient Care Centers (from North to South) include:
Health Care Center at Heritage Harbour. Specialties and services include: Radiology and Laboratory Services, Rehabilitation Services, Home Health Care, Pain Care Center and Anticoagulation Clinic. This location also includes an Urgent Care Center inside the main facility. 1040 River Heritage Boulevard, Bradenton, FL. (941) 917-6440.
Health Care Center at University Parkway. Specialties and services include: Radiology and Laboratory Services, First Physicians Group of Sarasota, Rehabilitation and Pain Care Center. This location also includes a free-standing Urgent Care Center. 5350 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL. (941) 917-4777.
Institute for Advanced Medicine. Specialties and services include: Neuroscience Center of Excellence, Cardiac Disease Assessment Center, Pain Care Program, Rehabilitation, Radiology and Laboratory Services, Comprehensive Bariatric Program, and Sarasota Memorial's HealthFit, Medically Integrated Fitness Center. 5880 Rand Blvd., (just off Clark Road, one mile west of I-75), Sarasota, FL. (941) 917-5111.
Health Care Center at Blackburn Point. Specialties and services include: Diabetes Treatment Services, Sleep Disorders Center, First Physicians Group of Sarasota, Pain Care Center, Anticoagulation Clinic, Heart Failure Clinic, Radiology and Laboratory Services. 929 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. (941) 917-4900
Health Care Center at Venice. Specialties and services include: Radiology and Laboratory Services and First Physicians Group of Sarasota This location also includes an Urgent Care Center inside the main facility. 997 N. U.S.41 Bypass, Venice, FL (941) 952-4250.
ER & Health Care Center at North Port. The facility offers one of the largest free-standing Emergency Care Centers Florida, with 21 treatment rooms. Outpatient services include: Radiology and Laboratory services, Rehabilitation, and Home Health Care. North Port Medical Center, 2345 Bobcat Village Center Road, North Port, FL. (941) 917-257-2800
Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Medical Centers. Staffed by Sarasota Memorial's board-certified emergency and family practice physicians with a full range of services to meet urgent, non-emergency care medical needs. No appointments needed. Four locations: 1040 River Heritage Boulevard in Bradenton (East Manatee), 5360 University Parkway, 6331 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, and 997 N. U.S.41 Bypass, Venice. A new fourth Urgent Care Center is under construction in central Sarasota, scheduled to open in early 2014.