There are many factors to consider when considering a move to Florida. For many, the sun, sand and surf will be at the top of the list of criteria, as would the cultural amenities of the area. However, for others who are looking to move to Florida based on more everyday and practical criteria, the quality of the area’s healthcare system may be high on that list as well.
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) evaluated over 4,500 eligible hospitals in the nation for overall quality and safety, based on the performance level on a range of inpatient and outpatient measures. Only 2.2% (or 102) of those hospitals received a 5-star rating; and of those 102 hospitals, only 2 of them are located in Florida; the first being the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and the other being Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
But the accolades do not stop there!
A few days later, the U.S. News’ 2016-17 “Best Hospitals” ranked Sarasota Memorial Hospital in the top 10 for the state of Florida and cited Sarasota Memorial Hospital as being one of only 63 hospitals nationwide to earn “high performing” ratings in all nine inpatient surgical procedures and chronic conditions evaluated.
In early July, the Florida Department of Health notified Sarasota Memorial Hospital that it now qualifies as a Level II Trauma Center, making it only one of 31 hospitals statewide to have this designation. Such a designation means that critically injured patients in Sarasota County can now be treated locally rather than be transported to another trauma center in another community.
As a community, we could not be more proud of SMHC’s dedicated staff, nurses and physicians and their commitment to providing their patients with optimal care.
If you are considering a move to Southwest Florida, contact me today!