Sarasota Memorial Hospital

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Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Founded 1925
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital Main Campus

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the anchor of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, a regional medical center located in Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf Coast. With nearly 5,000 staff members, 800 physicians and more than 1,000 volunteers, it is one of the largest acute care public hospitals in Florida and Sarasota County's second-largest employer.[1] Sarasota Memorial is among the 20 largest public hospitals in the United States.[2]

Sarasota Memorial Hospital 1925

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 with a modest 32-bed facility run by the county's welfare association.

Today, that modest facility has grown into the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, a regional referral center with an 819-bed hospital and seven outpatient facilities, including a free-standing ER (its second Emergency Care Center), five urgent care centers,[3] long- and short-term skilled nursing center, home health services, laboratory and imaging centers and specialty campuses stretching beyond the county lines.

Sarasota Memorial is a full-service community health care system, providing many specialty care services, including heart and vascular, cancer, neuroscience services, orthopedic services, outpatient services, home health care, rehabilitative care and geriatric and long-term care. Sarasota Memorial is the only provider of obstetrical services and has the only Level III neonatal intensive care unit in Sarasota County.

The hospital 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 other specialty areas.

Sarasota Memorial’s Courtyard Tower[edit]

Sarasota Memorial’s Courtyard Tower is a nine-story, state-of-the-art facility. Three full floors are dedicated to Mother and Baby services, including: a Labor & Delivery floor, Mother-Baby floor, and an entire floor for the hospital's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. There are two Cardiac floors and a full floor dedicated to Orthopedics. The $250 million-dollar patient tower replaces about 220 beds from outdated 1960s-era areas of the hospital, adding more private rooms and the most advanced equipment and technology throughout. It's a more patient-centered environment, featuring serene landscaped courtyards, fully appointed patient departure lounge, high-tech HealthConnection communication hub, and many comfortable spaces for visitors to relax, regroup, and refresh. Courtyard Tower has been fortified with the latest hurricane proofing available to help ensure continuing patient care in the event of a severe storm.

Sarasota Memorial's focus on campus improvement continues with its comprehensive new five-story Rehabilitation Pavilion, scheduled to open in December 2016.

National Quality Rankings[edit]

CMS' Highest 5-Star Rating, 2016[edit]

Sarasota Memorial is one of 2.2 percent of hospitals evaluated by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to earn the government’s first-ever 5-Star rating for overall quality and safety. It is one of just two hospitals in Florida and just 102 of 4,599 eligible facilities to receive CMS’ highest score. CMS - the federal agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs - posted the star ratings to its Hospital Compare consumer website on Wednesday to make it easier for people to compare hospital quality. Hospitals received ratings of one to five stars – with five stars being the highest score – based on how well they perform on a range of inpatient and outpatient quality measures.

U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" List, 2016-17[edit]

Sarasota Memorial was one of only 63 hospitals nationwide to earn “high performing” ratings - the top rating - in all nine inpatient surgical procedures and chronic conditions evaluated in U.S. News' 2016-17 “Best Hospitals” report. On a national level, the health system was recognized as a "high performer" (top 10 percent in the nation) for the adult specialty Gastroenterology and GI Surgery. The nine inpatient surgical procedures and chronic conditions evaluated by U.S. News, in which Sarasota Memorial received the top rating are:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Colon Cancer Surgery, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Lung Cancer Surgery

Truven Top 100 Hospital and Top 50 Cardiac Hospital 2016-17[edit]

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. The 2016 100 Top Hospitals award winners represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management. Truven also named Sarasota Memorial Hospital among the 50 best heart hospitals in the nation. Truven's criteria for this list is based on how well the nation’s hospitals cared for Medicare patients with heart problems over a two-year period, from 2014 to 2015. No other regional hospital made the list. Truven Health Analytics conducts the annual quantitative research using Medicare data each year to identify the nation’s highest-performing hospitals and health systems.

"A" for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group, 2016-17[edit]

Sarasota Memorial Hospital received an “A” for patient safety, earning a top spot among America’s safest hospitals in a national safety study. In its bi-annual study that assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to more than 2,600 hospitals in the United States, The Leapfrog Group reported that roughly a third (844 hospitals) earned the top grade. The national not-for-profit Leapfrog organization founded by larger employers and private health care purchasers has assigned letter grades to hospitals since 2012 to rate how well they are protecting patients from preventable medical and medication errors, injuries, and infections. Leapfrog says about 33,000 lives could be saved annually if every hospital demonstrated the vigilance and dedication of its “A” rated hospitals.

U.S. News & World Report "Best Nursing Homes" List, 2015[edit]

Sarasota Memorial Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is listed among U.S. News & World Report's "Best Nursing Homes" in 2015. The facility is rated among the nation's best 5-Star residential rehabilitation facilities, offering short-term rehabilitation as well as extended care.

Level II Trauma Center[edit]

Sarasota Memorial is a Level II Trauma Center, the only one serving Sarasota County. The Trauma Center is equipped with two helicopter landing pads, state-of-the-art trauma resuscitation rooms, trauma surgical suites and intensive care units with leading-edge monitoring, imaging and life-support technologies. The hospital's team of highly specialized trauma surgeons includes eight trauma surgeons and two orthopedic traumatologists, as well as emergency physicians, subspecialists, trauma and intensive care nurses and rehabilitation specialists. Sarasota Memorial offers the county’s only hospital-based acute care rehabilitation center for patients recovering from a traumatic injury.

Florida Select "Comprehensive Stroke Center"[edit]

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 brought in from Tampa General Hospital/USF 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[edit]

Sarasota Memorial's 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[edit]

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 three times in a row. It's an accomplishment so rare, in fact, only 1% of all hospitals nationally have achieved it. 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.

Surgical innovations[edit]

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 four 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.

Safety Net hospital[edit]

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 2015)[edit]

  • Number of beds: 819
  • Average length of stay: 4.99 days
  • Inpatient visits (hospital admissions): 28,042
  • Number of births: 3,347
  • Number of physicians on staff: About 800
  • Number of staff: About 5,000
  • Total patient registrations: 860,040
  • The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • Sarasota Memorial provides over $100 million in mission services annually generating eligibility for federal and state grant money up to five times the amount spent in indigent care.
  • Sarasota Memorial is governed and locally controlled by the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, made up of citizens elected by and accountable to local voters.


Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is anchored by its 819-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 to augment revenue.

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 in 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) 257-2800

Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care 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. Six locations: 1040 River Heritage Boulevard in Bradenton (East Manatee); 5360 University Parkway in North Sarasota; 500 John Ringling Blvd., St Armands Circle, Sarasota; 5590 Bee Ridge Road in Central Sarasota; 6331 South Tamiami Trail in South Sarasota; and 997 N. U.S.41 Bypass, Venice


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Coordinates: 27°19′07″N 82°31′53″W / 27.3184954°N 82.5314356°W / 27.3184954; -82.5314356