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: medicare.gov/

SARASOTA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RECOGNIZED FOR SUPERIOR OUTCOMES

Sarasota Memorial has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV Healthcare, one of the leading accrediting organizations in the nation. The certification shows that Sarasota Memorial meets the highest standards of stroke care, from diagnosis and treatment to research, rehabilitation and education.

Please join us in congratulating Sarasota Memorial on this achievement.

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.

Please join us in congratulating SMH for their achievements. 

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.

SMH Announces New Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Unveils “Hybrid” Operating Room

 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (www.smh.com) named cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Sell as its new Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery. Sell is a specialist in congenital heart disease, and pediatric and transplant surgery. Sarasota Memorial also unveiled a new “hybrid” operating room, which will allow surgeons, cardiologists and other specialists to collaborate in one setting, minimizing the number of invasive procedures for complex conditions. Sell will begin working at the hospital in March, and the new operating room will be ready for use in January.

The Power of 3... Robots

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With its technologically advanced i-Suites, the largest and most experienced group of multi-specialty robotic surgeons in the region and the recent arrival of the latest generation da Vinci surgical robot, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is enabling more surgeons to perform more complex procedures on more patients using a minimally invasive approach. 

Sarasota Memorial's third surgical robot – the da Vinci Si boasting the latest robotic options and features – was delivered Oct. 29 and is now hard at work in the hospital's minimally invasive operating suites. Sarasota Memorial was the first to pioneer robotic surgery in southwest Florida, and now has more than 22 robotic surgeons who have performed more than 2,000 procedures in an ever-growing field of specialties– cardiovascular, thoracic, gynecology, urology, oncology and general surgery. It is the only hospital in the region with so many experienced robotic surgeons and now three robotic operating suites to ensure a comprehensive range of minimally invasive surgical options are available to patients when they need them. 

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and bring cutting edge technology to our clients.

For more information about robotic surgery or Sarasota Memorial's robotic surgeons, call our HealthLine at (941) 917-7777 or visit our website at: www.smh.com/robotics

 

Sarasota Hospital part of drug chain's innovation

With the folks at Medicare putting a spotlight on the problem of re-admissions- older patients with chronic illnesses making repeat visits to the hospital when they should be getting better- all kinds of experiments are under way to mend the missed connections between hospital room and home.

One of these, a prescription drug coordination model by Walgreens called WellTransitions, has been refined recently at a handful of U.S. hospitals, including Sarasota Memorial. The idea is to make pharmacists part of the discharge process, so that patients leave the hospital with all the new meds they've been prescribed, and a better idea of what to do with them.

Medical estimates that preventable hospital readmissions cost the system some $25 million a year, and confusion over medications is a major contributor to the problem. WellTransitions- which so far has involved a pilot program of more than 180 heart failure patients as Sarasota Memorial- is designed to follow the patient home from the hospital, from bedside drug delivery to regular phone consultations with a pharmacists.

Walgreens plans to roll out the program nationwide, first to the 150 hospitals where the company has on-site pharmacies. Sarasota Memorial was selected for the pilot project because of a relationship that goes back to 2009, said Joel Wright, vice president for health systems operations at Walgreens.

"And with their success at reducing readmissions, they were a natural fit," Wright said. "They have a very clear focus on quality, and it's hard to work with a system if that is not a clear focus."

Wright acknowledged that handling a sheaf of new prescriptions, often bearing new names for generic versions of old drugs, can be daunting.

"For the general population those are very challenging words to pronounce", he said. "You almost have to be a medical professional to read a prescription."

Compounding the difficulty is a lack of coordination between health care providers for any given patient.

"There's a handful of problems that we really struggle with as a health care system",  Wright said. "Many patient use multiple pharmacies. Physicians and hospitals don't have access to the patient's medication list at the time of new program, he said aims to make those connections - even working with other drugstore companies to make sure patients get their meds.

Spence Hudon, clinical manager of Sarasota Memorial's inpatient heart failure unit, said WellTransitions has expanded Walgreen's role from bedside delivery to "participation in medication education and reconciliation, discharge phone calls, and calls to the patients later in the 30 days post-discharge."

"Right now wer'e very focused on heart failure, " Wright said, "but we're looking at what other disease states can possibly be helped."

Original Post by Barbara Peters Smith, Sarasota Herald Tribune

SARASOTA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WINS REGION'S CONSUMER CHOICE AWARD FOR 15TH YEAR IN A ROW

 

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!

 

For more information on Sarasota Memorial Hospital 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 (www.smh.com) 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 (www.healthgrades.com).

For additional information, please contact Florida Medical Retreat.

 

Keeping Super Woman Super

Career woman, seasoned multi-tasker, the family rock… all women are super women, but only Sarasota Memorial Women’s Health Services has the expertise, advanced technology  and comprehensive services to keep up with your heroically busy lives! Join us for a special two-part Women’s Health Series, where you’ll hear how top physicians from our Women’s Health Services team are helping women like you stay healthy and strong. Medical journalist Heidi Godman moderates both events, addressing current topics with each physician by specialty and concluding with audience questions.

Part 1 – Saturday, Oct. 13 (9-10:30 am) - Learn the latest options and minimally invasive treatments for women’s cancers, common gynecological conditions and breast reconstruction/reduction. Physician panel includes GYN Oncologist James Fiorica, MD; Gynecologist Mike Swor, MD; and Plastic Surgeon Alissa Shulman, MD. Tours of Sarasota Memorial’s Minimally Invasive Surgical Suites will be available following the presentation.

The FREE 2-part series takes place in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. RSVP: 917-7777.

Part 2 takes place Wednesday, Oct. 17 (6-7:30 pm) - Learn how to guard against heart disease and other common conditions that affect women as they age. Physician panel includes: Cardiologist Chippy Nalluri, MD; Internal Medicine Specialist Karen Hamad, MD; and OB-GYN John Sullivan, MD.

 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

SARASOTA (Aug. 15, 2012) – Sarasota Memorial has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the organization performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
 
"We are pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Facilities Director Jim Bugyis. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in Southwest Florida to earn the certification.
Buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Sarasota Memorial improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.   

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

Sarasota Memorial reduced total energy costs by nearly $300,000 a year through a variety of initiatives, including replacing more than 10,000 bulbs with efficient fluorescent lighting (old bulbs are recycled) and upgrading corridor lights to LED lights, which use less electricity and last longer. Earlier this year, SMH also installed 40 solar panels atop the Waldemere Tower, a pilot project designed to produce 1,000,000 BTUs of heated water per day to supplement the hospital’s air conditioning and heating systems’ boilers.
“The savings from our energy efficiency initiatives not only reduce the hospital's carbon footprint, but also help provide additional funds for critical medical services,” said Bugyis.

By:  Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Listed Among Nation’s Top Two Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia care

Florida Medical Retreat is thrilled to share this exciting news from our hospital member, Sarasota Memorial Hospital!

Sarasota Memorial Hospital was one of just two hospitals – out of more than 4,000 nationwide – singled out for demonstrating the lowest (best) readmission rates in the nation for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients.

Newly-released data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted on the government’s Hospital Compare website reveals mortality and re-admission rates for more than 4,600 hospitals nationwide. The data shows how often patients died or were readmitted within 30 days of discharge from a previous hospital stay for heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia.
Sarasota Memorial was one of only two hospitals in the nation to perform well-above the national average in all three readmission categories studied. The data, which covers a three-year period from July 2008 to June 2011, was posted this month on CMS’ Hospital Compare website; an analysis this week by Kaiser Health News spotlighted Sarasota Memorial and Citrus Memorial Hospital (Inverness, FL) as the only two hospitals in the nation that had better than average readmission rates for all three conditions.
According to the Kaiser study, only 1 percent of hospitals were labeled as better than average in heart attack (30 hospitals) or pneumonia cases (33 hospitals) and only 2 percent (94 hospitals) were labeled as better than average in heart failure.

The study, based on the most recent Medicare data available, showed that:
• 19.7 percent of heart attack patients were readmitted within 30 days of discharge
• 24.7 percent of heart failure patients were readmitted • 18.5 percent of pneumonia patients were readmitted
In comparison, readmission rates at Sarasota Memorial were 16.2 percent for heart attacks, 19.7 percent for heart failure and 15.6 percent for pneumonia. Sarasota Memorial also scored well on mortality rates for each of the three conditions.

The rates are all “risk-adjusted” — which means they take into account how sick patients were, to make sure hospitals of different sizes and with different patient populations can be compared fairly.

“Of all the achievements Sarasota Memorial has earned in recent years, we’re particularly proud of our low readmission rates,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie. “We have many quality goals, but among the most critical are reducing readmissions, complications and mortality.

“Achieving such low readmission rates is a tribute to everyone on our health care team and the continuum of care they provide. It means that we’re following up and communicating well with our patients, their families and each other to make sure everyone is on the same page, that everyone understands our patients’ diagnoses, their medications, their plans of care and how to care for themselves once they leave the hospital.”

New Valve Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital Helps Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis

With people living longer, more are becoming susceptible to aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart vales), but many patients - because of age or other health issues - cannot tolerate open hear surgery to treat it.

Now, a breakthrough procedure that allows doctors to replace the diseased valve without surgery is providing new hope to the estimated 40 percent of people living with the potentially deadly condition.

Bolstered by its collaboration with New York's Columbia University Medical Center, Sarasota Memorial opened a new Heart Valve Clinic in June and is now evaluating patients with valve disorders to identify those who could benefit from a new minimally invasive procedure - Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). FDA approved, TAVR is the only catheter-based treatment option for people with severe aortic valve disease who are not eligible for surgery.

Aortic stenosis reduces the valve's ability to open and close completely and can cause severe shortness of breath, chest pain and weakness, said David Patterson, executive director of Sarasota Memorial's Heart & Vascular Services. The condition can result from a birth defect, heart attachk, hypertension, aortic aneurysm or infection; however, some causes are unknown. Left untreated, heart valve disease can result in heart failure, severe infection and sudden death.

"Basically, TAVR allows us to replace the valve through a small opening near the groin, rather than open heart surgery," Patterson said. While there is an increase chance of stroke with TAVR, studies show that for the inoperable, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.

Original Post: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Summer 2012 newsletter

For additional information on Sarasota Memorial Hospital contact Florida Medical Retreat.

US News Ranks Sarasota Memorial Hospital among Best Hospitals

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only local hospital on U.S. News & World Report's 2012 "Best Hospitals" list, ranking #47 for excellence in gynecological care. It also ranked #1 again for overall care in the Sarasota-Venice-North Port region, and this year earned a spot on Florida's top 10 hospitals list. Sarasota Memorial was among just 3 percent of the nation's hospitals to earn its spot on the list of 50 Best Hospitals. In U.S. News' 2012 Best Hospitals study, fewer than 150 of roughly 5,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated earned a national ranking in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with SMH and congratulate the entire staff on this achievement!

Sarasota Memorial Ranks Among Nation’s Top 5% of Hospitals for Women’s Health and Maternity Care – 10 years in a row

HealthGrades study: If all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Sarasota Memorial, about 39,450 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 19,062 could have potentially avoided a major in-hospital complication

Sarasota Memorial Hospital ranks among the top 5% in the nation for excellence in women’s health and maternity care, according to a new report released today by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.

Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the region to receive both the Maternity Care and Women’s Health Excellence Awards since their inception – and the only one to rank in the top 5% in the country in both areas 10 years in a row.

Participation in the study was not voluntary; all 4,783 of the nation’s acute care hospitals were evaluated by HealthGrades as part of its 2012 Trends in Women’s Health in American Hospitals report.

In its Women’s Health study, HealthGrades evaluated 16 women’s medicine, cardiovascular, and bone and joint health treatments and procedures over the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 using data from the federal Medicare program. Sarasota Memorial and the 175 other recipients of the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award had, on average, women’s mortality rates that were 42 percent lower than the poorest performers across nine diagnoses and procedures, and complication rates were, on average, 14 percent lower than the poorest performing hospitals across seven procedures.

To evaluate maternity care, the 224 hospitals that received the 5-Star rating were evaluated on vaginal delivery maternal complications for single live deliveries; c-section delivery maternal complication rates for single live deliveries; overall volume and volume of low birth weight deliveries; and risk-adjusted infant mortality rates for single live deliveries. The study found that women who give birth at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 62 percent fewer complications than lower-performing hospitals.

 

 

SMNeNews Release Page 2 – HealthGrades Women’s Health/Maternity Care Excellence Awards

“In our study, HealthGrades noted the rate of surgical intervention for women suffering a heart attack has increased over the years. This is good news, especially for patients who choose care at hospitals that are top performers in women’s healthcare,” said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA, HealthGrades Senior Physician Consultant and author of the study. “Our goal is to provide current, independent data on clinical outcomes to help prospective patients make informed decisions about their providers while also identifying hospitals that are setting national benchmarks to which other hospitals can aspire.”

If all of the nation’s hospitals had patient outcomes among women that at the level of those receiving the HealthGrades award, 39,450 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 19,062 women could have potentially avoided a major in-hospital complication.

The HealthGrades study examined hospitalization records from the MedPAR database in all 50 states, for the years 2008 through 2010. The following procedures and treatments were analyzed: heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery, and valve replacement; total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries, and hip fracture repair.

To be eligible for the HealthGrades award, hospitals must have met volume requirements in stroke and either coronary bypass or valve replacements; met the volume requirements in at least six additional cohorts of the 16 evaluated; and have transferred out less than 10 percent of stroke patients. Volume requirements are a minimum of 30 female discharges over the three years, with at least five in the most recent year for the cohort.

The Women’s Health and Maternity Care Excellence Awards are the latest in a series that Sarasota Memorial has received from HealthGrades so far this year. In February, Sarasota Memorial earned the elite “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” designation, placing Sarasota Memorial in the top 1% of hospitals for consistently superior clinical outcomes. Indeed, Sarasota Memorial is one of just five hospitals in the nation to receive the organization’s two top awards six years in a row.

In 2012, Sarasota Memorial also received HealthGrades’ “Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence,” Emergency Medicine Excellence award, with five-star ratings in 23 specialty areas.

The HealthGrades 2012 Trends in Women’s Health in American Hospitals report, including the methodology, and other reports, can be found at http://www.healthgrades.com.

New Valve Clinic Helps Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis

Florida Medical Retreat is pleased to partner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital to offer the most advanced procedures and treatments available. For more information, please contact Florida Medical Retreat.

With people living longer, more are becoming susceptible to severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart valves), but many patients – because of age or other health issues – cannot tolerate open heart surgery to treat it.

Now, a breakthrough procedure that allows doctors to replace the diseased valve without surgery is providing new hope to the estimated 40 percent of people living with the potentially deadly condition.

Bolstered by its collaboration with New York’s Columbia University Medical Center, Sarasota Memorial opened a new Heart Valve Center this month and has begun  evaluating patients with valve disorders to identify those who could benefit from a new minimally invasive procedure – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) – the only catheter-based treatment option for people with severe aortic valve disease who are not eligible for surgery. FDA approved, TAVR has been shown to dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life.

Aortic stenosis reduces the valve’s ability to open and close completely and can cause severe shortness of breath, chest pain and weakness, said David Patterson, executive director of Sarasota Memorial’s Heart & Vascular Services. The condition can result from a birth defect, heart attack, hypertension, aortic aneurysm or infection; however, some causes are unknown. Left untreated, heart valve disease can result in heart failure, severe infection and sudden death.

“Basically, TAVR allows us to replace the valve through a small opening near the groin, rather than open heart surgery,” Patterson said. While there is an increased chance of stroke with TAVR, studies show that for the inoperable, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. For older, inoperable heart patients, some of whom would not last a year with the blockage, the procedure can be life-saving.

Florida Medical Retreat offers da Vinci-S Robotic Surgery

Florida Medical Retreat is pleased to offer state-of-the-art da Vinci-S robotic surgery. Our partner, Sarasota Memorial Hosptial was first in the region to expand use of the da Vinci-S robot to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery for women with gynecological cancers and a range of non-cancerous gynecological conditions, including hysterectomies, partial hysterectomies, myomectomies and other laparoscopic surgeries.

Today, Sarasota Memorial has the greatest number and most experienced da Vinci-trained gynecologic robotic surgeons in the region, offering patients the most choices and latest options in minimally invasive GYN procedures. We also have the only da Vinci-trained gynecologic oncologist in southwest Florida. Using the da Vinci Surgical System, Sarasota’s minimally invasive surgeons can accurately pinpoint cancerous or diseased areas with less damage to healthy tissue, organs, and surrounding nerves. Here, as with urologic surgery, minimally invasive technology benefits patients by causing less trauma, blood loss, scarring and pain. Studies also show that it can also provide better cancer control and ultimately improve long-term outcomes.

If you would like more information on robotic GYN surgery performed by Dr. Michael Swor, or Urology robotic surgery options with Dr. Matthew Perry, contact Florida Medical Retreat.

 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Conceirge Services offered to Florida Medical Retreat Clients

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital. As a  service for all FMR clients, the hospital offers Concierge Services.  Their friendly and professional staff is dedicated to exceeding patient expectations. The service is located on the second floor of the Heart & Vascular Institute and offers a dedicated concierge and enhanced communication process. This allow patients and their families a personalized and seamless approach throughout their experience. Your Florida Medical Retreat Patient Care Coordinator stays in close contact with the concierge department ensuring all your needs are met.

Catherine Marino, head of concierge services was recently interviewed.

Q- When and why did Sarasota Memorial create a concierge position?

A- A year ago the robotic surgeons wanted to ensure that patients received the ultimate level of customer service. Since, then, other medical specialties including: cardiology, orthopedics, neurology and obstetrics/gynecology have begun utilizing the concierge services for their patients, too.

Q- What services do you provide to patients and their families?

A- After a surgeon's scheduler determines if a patient is interested in our complimentary services, I contact them to discuss how I can help- from providing directions, forms and information before their visit to greeting them at the valet or the information desk and escorting them to their next destination. We provide those new to the area or the hospital with a visitor's bag that includes information about our community, Sarasota Memorial and their surgeon.

Q- What are your responsibilities during a patient's stay?

A- I'm here as the contact person for them and their family members. I check on the family in the afternoon, while a patient liaison keeps them updated via their cellphones so they don't worry about missing something. After surgical procedures, I visit the patient and provide information about any optional services and stay in touch with various departments to accommodate the patient's needs. 

Q- How do you follow up with patients?

A- After the patient is discharged, I send a concierge letter and survey. We receive great feedback and the comments help us enhance our services. Helping people and making them happy is my passion.

Florida Medical Retreat client's that have their surgery performed at Sarasota Memorial Hospital receive this amazing service. We ensure Catherine and her team have all the information necessary to provide the best care during your stay.

For more information, please contact Florida Medical Retreat.

 

Sarasota Memorial Named Among Top 5% for Patient Safety

HealthGrades study: If all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Sarasota Memorial, about 254,000 patient safety events and 56,367 Medicare deaths could have been avoided from 2008-2010

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 22, 2012) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System received HealthGrades’ “2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award™” today – a designation given to the nation’s top 5% hospitals for patient safety. It is the ninth consecutive year that Sarasota Memorial has received the independent healthcare rating organization’s safety award.

To evaluate patient safety, HeathGrades analyzed millions of hospitalization records from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database and used Patient Safety Indicator software from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to calculate event rates for 13 indicators of patient safety for the nation’s hospitals.
The best-performing hospitals – those that ranked in the top 5 percent of this year’s analysis – received this year’s HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award.
“Delivering safe patient care is not a process, procedure or safety list that you check off at the end of each day – it is a mindset and way of caring for patients every minute of every day that works only with the care and commitment of a competent, cohesive team,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie. “The fact that we’ve received this award nine years in a row is a testament to the ongoing dedication of not only our doctors and caregivers, but our entire staff and the volunteers who help attend to the needs of our patients, or support the caregivers providing that care.”

HealthGrades’ analysis encompassed approximately 40 million hospitalization records (2008-2010) from 5,000 hospitals nationwide that participate in the Medicare program. This year’s study found that Medicare patients at Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals were almost 48% less likely to experience one of 13 preventable safety events compared to hospitals in the bottom 5% in the nation. Indeed, if all hospitals performed at Sarasota Memorial’s level of distinction, approximately 254,000 patient safety events and 56,367 deaths among Medicare patients could have been avoided, according to the study.
“From improving communication to implementing protocols to make surgery safer, hospitals across the country are working harder to reduce preventable patient safety events. The results of these efforts are clear among this year’s HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals. Patients of hospitals performing in the top 5% of the nation’s hospitals were almost 48% less likely to experience a patient safety event compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5%,” said Kristin Reed, MPH, vice president of hospital quality programs at HealthGrades and author of the study. “Hospitals like Sarasota Memorial are not only setting the bar for high standards of patient safety but also serving as an example for other hospitals.”

The Patient Safety Award is the latest in a series that Sarasota Memorial has received from HealthGrades so far this year. In February, Sarasota Memorial earned the elite “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” designation, placing Sarasota Memorial in the top 1% of hospitals for consistently superior clinical outcomes. Indeed, Sarasota Memorial is one of just five hospitals in the nation to receive the organization’s two top awards six years in a row.
In 2012, Sarasota Memorial also received HealthGrades’ “Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence,” Women’s Health Excellence Award, Maternity Care Excellence Award, Emergency Medicine Excellence award and five-star ratings in 23 specialty areas.

Participation in the HealthGrades studies is not optional - hospitals cannot voluntarily choose to opt in or out of the analysis. Neither can hospitals purchase a ranking.

About HealthGrades’ Patient Safety Study
HealthGrades analyzes the following patient safety events for this study:
•    Death in procedures where mortality is usually very low
•    Pressure or bed sores acquired in hospital
•    Death following a serious complication after surgery
•    Foreign object left in body during a procedure
•    Collapsed lung due to procedure or surgery in or around chest
•    Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at hospital
•    Hip fracture following surgery
•    Hemorrhage or hematoma resulting from procedure or surgery
•    Electrolyte and fluid imbalance following surgery
•    Respiratory failure following surgery
•    Deep blood clots in lungs or legs following surgery
•    Sepsis following surgery
•    Breakdown of abdominal incision site

More information on HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and the ratings methodology is available at HealthGrades.com.

If you would like more information on Sarasota Memorial Hospital contact Florida Medical Retreat.

Sarasota Memorial Harnesses Florida’s Sunshine - Happy Earth Day!!

Solar panels latest energy saving project in health system’s ongoing effort to promote an environmentally friendly and green workplace

SARASOTA, Fla. (April 17, 2012)

Just in time for Earth Day, Sarasota Memorial Hospital will complete the installation this week of 40 solar panels atop the main campus’ Waldemere Tower.

The roughly 1,300 square-foot solar array is a pilot project designed to produce on average 1,000,000 BTUs of heated water per day to supplement the hospital’s air conditioning and heating systems’ boilers.
The cost of the entire project is $226,000 with an estimated 7- to 10-year payback, in addition to a $36,000 rebate from Florida Power & Light. Although it’s a relatively small job compared to the $250 million Courtyard Tower and campus improvements under way, it’s a big step in the hospital’s ongoing effort to promote an environmentally friendly and green workplace.

"We live in the Sunshine State – it’s just the right thing to do,” said Jim Bugyis, Operation of Plant Director at Sarasota Memorial. “If we can keep finding ways to capture the power of the sun, use less electricity and reduce our carbon footprint, it all adds up.”

The solar panels were purchased from Enerworks Solar Heating and Cooling. The design, engineering and installation were all provided by local companies. Each panel is secured with steel I-beams and engineered to withstand the same hurricane force winds as the main hospital.

The flat white rooftop of the Waldemere Tower has the potential to reflect up to 60 percent of the sun’s energy, reducing the heat load on the building. If the solar panel project demonstrates a reasonable gain in BTUs, the health system will consider expanding the pilot across its regional network of facilities and medical campuses.

“It’s not new technology,” Bugyis pointed out. “People have been using solar power to heat their pools, houses and other machinery for years. We’re just learning the best way to apply it in the hospital and make it financially feasible.”

In the past two years, other SMH green team initiatives include:
-- Installing Dyson Airblade hand dryers in first floor public restrooms, reducing waste from paper towels and its carbon footprint (70% less carbon than paper towels).

-- Implementing a reusable sharps service, reducing our carbon footprint by 26,000 pounds of CO2 through the diversion of 43,835 pounds of plastic and 4,000 pounds of cardboard from our waste stream in 2009. In addition, our supplies reprocessing program has saved 3,680 pounds and $242,825.

-- Replacing more than 10,000 bulbs with energy-efficient lighting (old bulbs are recycled).
-- Recycling more than 278 tons of waste and more than 600 gallons of motor oil annually.
-- Participating in a yard waste/construction debris recycling program.
-- Adopting roads to clean up.
-- Using cafeteria flatware and to-go containers made from biodegradable “envirofoam.”

-- Participating in a used electronic equipment recycling program.

-- Planting Florida-friendly landscaping and using reclaimed water for irrigation.

-- Using environmentally friendly pest control methods.

-- Saving nearly 100,000 gallons of water daily by using reclaimed water in our energy plant.

-- Upgrading exterior lighting to LED lights, which use less electricity and last longer.

-- Creating a bicycle friendly environment for staff and community members. SMH was recognized in 2011 for being among 55 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses receiving awards at this year’s National Bike Summit, hosted each year by the League of American Bicyclists. And this year, the hospital gained national attention for its public safety bike patrol.   

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EARTH DAY 2012 – SMH Community Event
What:
Join SMH’s Green Team in celebrating Earth Day by recycling your old cell phones! SMH is teaming up with Stericycle, a medical waste disposal services company, to promote sustainability. Staff, patients and visitors are invited to bring in their personal cell phones and drop them off in exchange for a prize (limit 1 prize per person, but bring in as many old phones as you wish).  

When: 8-9:30 am and 11 am-2 pm Monday, April 23.

Where: Windows Cafeteria (4th floor near B-elevators), Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Information: SMH also will showcase its new integrated waste stream management program to promote sustainability by introducing “single stream” recycling for recyclable items and providing reusable containers for other waste. The program not only diverts waste from the landfill, but also is expected to save the hospital $30,000 or more per year.

            

 
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