SMH Earns Highest 5-Star Rating in Medicare's New Scoring System

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was one of the 2.2 percent of hospitals evaluated by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to earn the first-ever 5-Star rating for overall quality and safety. Sarasota Memorial was one of only two hospitals in Florida to receive CMS' highest score. For more information about the new scoring system, visit the Hospital Compare website at:


Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has been recognized for patient safety with an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading patient safety experts and administered by a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog.

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital ranks among 50 “Best Hospitals” for GYN Services,

Once again, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only local hospital to make the grade on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" list, this year ranking #48 in Gynecology and recognized as "high performing" in six additional specialties. On a state and metropolitan level, U.S. News again ranked Sarasota Memorial #1 in the Sarasota-Bradneton region and #6 (up from #8 in 2012) among Florida's 271 hospitals.

Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie attributed the national recognition to the dedication and diligence its physicians, nurses and staff demonstrate every day.

Each year, U.S. News evaluates the nation's 5,000 hospitals and ranks the top 50 in 16 adult specialities. U.S. News also recognizes "high-performing" hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

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SMH and Venice Regional Medical Center Win Blue Distinction for Spine Surgery & Total Knee/Hip Joint Replacement

Both Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Venice Regional Medical Center received the highest level of distinction by Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, as a high performing hospital for quality and efficiency in spine surgery and total hip/knee joint replacements. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care - and has recently been expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety as well as new cost-efficiency measures.



For the 15th consecutive year, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was named the first choice for health care in the region, earning a Consumer Choice Award for the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice metropolitan area from the National Research Corporation.

The award for 2012-2013 identifies hospitals that health care consumers have chosen as having the best quality, best doctors/nurses and image ratings in more than 300 markets throughout the nation. Of the 3,200 hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), as defined by the US Census Bureau.


Florida Medical Retreat would like to congratulate Sarasota Memorial on this awesome achievement!


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Fourth Year in a Row – Doctors Hospital Nationally Recognized Among Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

For the fourth year in a row, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine. This year, Doctors Hospital was the highest ranking healthcare provider in the state of Florida.


 “We are tremendously proud to receive public recognition of what I witness on a daily basis,” says Theresa Levering, VP of Human Resources at Doctors Hospital. “The dedication to quality, compassionate care is demonstrated not only with our patients and their families, but also with each other. It is just our culture.”

 According to Modern Healthcare Magazine, the Best Places to Work in Healthcare program recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level for enabling employees to perform at their optimal level to provide patients and customers with the best possible care and services.

American College of Radiology Recognizes Doctors Hospital of Sarasota…Again!


Doctors Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This marks the eighth Accreditation awarded to the facility.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

“We are committed to meeting and exceeding the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety set forth by the American College of Radiology,” says Kay Adkins, Director of Imaging & Cardiovascular Services. “From the training and qualifications of our clinical professionals to equipment requirements, quality assurance and quality control procedures, we have demonstrated our dedication to our patients and the community and are proud to be recognized for those efforts.”  

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Doctors Hospital in bringing you the very best. If you would like more information about Doctors Hospital of Sarasota or Florida Medical Retreat, contact us.

Healthgrades Report Ranks Sarasota Memorial Among Nation's Best

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and congratulate them on their great news.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital ( has been listed among "America's 100 Best Hospitals" for stroke care, and was given a 5-star rating in heart, stroke, spine surgery and more than a dozen other specialties by American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation (

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Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Named Among Top Orthopedic Programs in the Nation - Again


Florida Medical Retreat is pleased to share hospital member, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota's lastest award. Once again, Doctors Hospital has been named among the Top 101 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review.

After analyzing data from highly regarded organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades and Thomson Reuters, as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Magnet status and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for Blue Distinction status, the editorial staff identified Doctors Hospital of Sarasota to be a national leader in orthopedic treatment.

In addition to examining rankings and accolades, the team at Becker’s performed additional research into each hospital and analyzed the list with industry experts. To be included, hospitals are required to have an emphasis on patient-centered care.

            “The physicians and staff of our orthopedic team work hard every day to provide high quality care in a uniquely specialized environment,” says William Troy, RN, Director of Orthopedic Services at Doctors Hospital. “Our patients are treated by some of the most well respected surgeons in our community and the nation. In addition, we want to make everyone as comfortable as possible. From private suites to concierge services, we take care of everything so that the only thing the patient has to focus on is healing.”        

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Sarasota Memorial Earns National Honor for Women’s Services

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and congratulates their team on Becker's Hospital Review recently released its list of “100 Hospitals With Great Women's Health Programs”.  Sarasota Memorial Hospital was one of just six hospitals in the state and the only provider in the Southwest Florida region to earn a spot on the national publication’s honor roll.
To compile the list, which recognizes some of the most outstanding providers of women's health in the United States, Becker's Hospital Review consulted a number of resources, including clinical accolades, quality care and women's health proficiencies and awards.
The list reflects hospitals that offer outstanding programs within women's health, including gynecology, obstetrics, reproductive medicine and other gender-specific conditions and health needs. The hospitals additionally have been recognized for excellence in this specialty by several sources, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and its National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health model, U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, the World Health Organization's and UNICEF's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, Delta Group CareChex and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Becker’s notes that Sarasota Memorial has a long history of responding to women’s unique health needs and that women have played a key role in the hospital’s success over the years.
“Sarasota Memorial Hospital would not be standing without the dedicated women of the community,” Becker’s said. “In 1921, women residents of Sarasota raised money to fund the first hospital in the area, and in 1925, Sarasota Hospital opened as a 32-bed facility. Today, the hospital provides high-quality women's health programs, ranging from gynecological cancer to pain management, and it is the only hospital in the four-county region to have an intensive care nursery for new mothers.”

Becker’s is the latest independent organization to recognize Sarasota Memorial’s exceptional care for women. In July, Sarasota Memorial earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report's 2012 "Best Hospitals" list, ranking #47 in the nation for excellence in gynecological care. Earlier this year, the hospital also received HealthGrades' Women’s Health Excellence and Maternity Care Excellence Awards.

“These honors are a reflection of our commitment to ensure that women in our community receive the most effective, personalized care for all of their health needs in every stage of life,” said Pam Beitlich, director of Women and Children’s Services.

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