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Sarasota Memorial Hospital: A Global Leader in Infection Prevention

Making significant strides in the healthcare industry, Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has yet again retained its solid position in Newsweek’s list of the world’s best hospitals. The globally recognized index features 412 U.S. hospitals, 18 of which are based in Florida. In this ranking, SMH prominently stands as the fourth best in Florida and impressively improved its position to the 131 ranked institution at national level, compared to its previous rankings at 146 and 161 in 2023 and 2022 respectively.

This commendable leap in the rankings has been facilitated by the thorough assessment carried out by Newsweek in collaboration with Statista Inc., surveying approximately 2,400 medical bodies across thirty countries. The review method evaluates various facets of hospital performance, including patient care quality metrics, patient feedback, and surveys from physicians and hospital staff.

Looking at the world leaderboard, the first five positions were dominated by North American hospitals with Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) and Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio) topping the list. The other contenders in the top five positions are Toronto General (Toronto, Canada), followed by The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, Maryland), and Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts).

In the context of Florida, Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus holds the strongest position, ranking number one in the state and 15th nationally. Following this, the Cleveland Clinic’s Florida campus located in Weston ranked 45th in the national positioning. Close on their heels is Tampa General Hospital marking its position at number 77 nationally. Lastly, SMH notably bagged an award specific to infection prevention, making it the sole hospital from Southwest Florida to secure a place in the prestigious list.

The Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s CEO, David Verinder, attributes this repeated success to the healthcare team’s unflagging commitment to serving the community. He commended the SMH staff, saying, ‘The people who work here are what sets Sarasota Memorial apart. There is a sense of pride and community ownership that has been passed down through the decades and continues to inspire us today.’

Newsweek’s Global Editor-in-Chief, Nancy Cooper, shed light on the objective behind the study. She stated that the goal is to furnish a data-based comparison for hospital reputation and performance across global borders. Through this, hospitals that consistently attract top talent and provide optimal patient outcomes are recognized.

The 2024 World’s Best Hospitals ranking encompasses 30 countries, including the USA, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, United Kingdom, South Korea, Brazil, India, Spain, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Malaysia, Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Israel, and Singapore. The selection of these countries was based on multiple aspects like living standard/life expectancy, population size, number of hospitals, and data availability.

Notably, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has regularly been acknowledged in a range of national listings, including ones by U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, and The Leapfrog Group. All these rankings invariably reflect on the facilities and outcomes at SMH’s Sarasota campus. While the SMH Venice campus, which started in November 2021 as a 110-bed institution, is still relatively new and set to expand to 178 beds soon, the elaborate growth plan includes further expansion in the years to come, thus promising a more promising future in terms of healthcare service.


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