SARASOTA -- Sarasota Memorial Hospital has been named one of the nation's 100 top hospitals.
The designation "100 Top Hospital" was awarded in late February by Truven Health Analytics, a multinational health care company which, according to its website, supplies information, analytic tools, benchmarks, research and services to the health care industry, including hospitals, government agencies and employers.
The Truven Health "100 Top Hospitals" study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a scorecard measuring overall organizational performance across 11 key analytics, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability, according to the website.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated close to 3,000 short-term, acute-care, non-federal hospitals.
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The 100 Top Hospitals researchers at Truven Health make their picks by analyzing public information, including Medicare cost re
ports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, core measures and patient satisfaction data, the website explains.
Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor, according to the website.
The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
This is the third time Truven has recognized Sarasota Memorial Hospital, according to Kim Savage, a Sarasota Memorial spokeswoman.
Sarasota Memorial has been repeatedly recognized among the nation's best hospitals for multiple specialties by U.S. News & World Report and HealthGrades, two other hospital rating organizations, Savage added.
"The 2016 100 Top Hospitals award winners represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics.
"They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow. Hospitals in three out of the five report groups actually reduced overall expense year over year, while improving patient outcomes - exactly the results that the entire industry hopes to attain."
Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder credited the achievement to the doctors, caregivers and staff at Sarasota Memorial and the vision and support of the publicly-elected Sarasota County Public Hospital Board.
"As the region's only community-owned hospital, we are committed to putting our patients' needs first and setting the bar higher for quality care," said Verinder. "This award is a reflection of our mission and commitment to our community."
The winning hospitals were announced in the Feb. 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.
Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter@RichardDymond