Stellar Healthcare Draws Folks to Sarasota

Longboat Key, Florida | June 4th, 2019 – Access to quality health care counts among the reasons realtors frequently cite as to why Sarasota ranks as a leading U.S. destination for residential property buyers, particularly retirees. For sure, such claim is no mere hype, as it has been validated by recent research.

In the “Best Place to Retire Index” of the personal finance portal SmartAsset, Sarasota scored 12.2 doctors’ offices per 1,000 residents. Along with high marks in tax rate (14.6 percent), recreation centers (3.1 per 1,000 residents), and retirement centers (0.6 per 1,000 residents), Sarasota emerged among the top 10 cities in Florida for retirees.

Sarasota’s strength in healthcare further manifested in the “100 Top Hospitals” national ranking for 2019 that healthcare company IBM Watson Health released early this year. Included in this elite list for the fourth time was the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, which was also the lone hospital in Southwest Florida to have made it in the 2019 ranking.

Sarasota Memorial excelled in these key performance areas which IBM Watson Health evaluated to come up with its list of the 100 Top Hospitals in the U.S.

Stellar Healthcare Draws Folks to Sarasota

Higher Survival Rates: To be counted in the 100 Top Hospitals, survival rates that were 24.9 percent higher than those of peer hospitals need to be achieved.

Fewer Infections and Complications: Patients at hospitals in IBM Watson Health’s top 100 list experienced 19.3 percent fewer healthcare-associated infections and 18.7 percent fewer complications than peer group hospitals.

Shorter Length of Stay: The median severity-adjusted length of stay in the top-rated hospitals goes a half-day shorter than their peers.

Shorter Emergency Ward Wait Times: Winning hospitals overall delivered median wait times at emergency rooms that were 17.3 minutes shorter than those of peer group hospitals.

Lower Inpatient Expenses: Average inpatient costs per discharge were 11.9 percent less (a difference of $830 per discharge) at the 100 Top Hospitals versus their peers.

Higher Patient Satisfaction: Overall hospital experience, as determined under the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), was rated 3 percent higher for winning hospitals than their peers.

Higher Overall Margins: Winning hospitals achieved a median operating margin that was 11.9 percentage points higher than their peer hospitals.

Erstwhile known as the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals, the IBM Watson Health study spotlights the best–performing U.S. hospitals based on a balanced measures of publicly available operational, clinical, and patient satisfaction standards and data. Most of its metrics were culled from 2013 to 2017.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System logs over 900,000 patient visits per year. Its flagship is the 839-bed, acute-care Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH). Notably, SMH is the only Florida hospital which has consistently earned the highest five-star quality rating from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid since this evaluation system began in 2016.

Additionally, SMH has been awarded the prestigious Magnet Nursing Services Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2003 and in 2008. This coveted award has been conferred to only 371 U.S. hospitals or only about 5 percent of the country’s total.

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