November 6, 2022

The Sarasota Journal

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SMH Receives Straight A’s for Patient Safety


SARASOTA – Hospital safety report cards were released recently, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital continued its straight-A streak for keeping patients safe from medical errors, infections, accidents and other harm to patients in their care.

The Leapfrog Group assigns hospitals across the nation A, B, C, D or F safety grades in the spring and fall of each year based on hospital performance on 28 publicly reported quality and safety data. The safety grades are designed to help patients quickly assess and choose the safest local hospitals to seek care.

Of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals graded in the Spring 2020 report card, 33 percent earned an A, 25 percent earned a B, 34 percent earned a C, 7 percent a D and less than 1 percent received an F. Sarasota Memorial has earned straight A’s since it began participating in Leapfrog’s voluntary hospital safety survey in 2016.

“As the nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said in a press release announcing the results. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Sarasota Memorial Hospital. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

SMH CEO David Verinder attributed the high marks to the dedication and diligence of the entire team. “Our highest priority now and always is the safety of our patients, staff and the community we serve,” Verinder said.

To access Leapfrog’s full results, visit

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