Tampa, FL, August 08, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida ranks among the nation’s top 10 highest-volume hospitals for hip and knee replacements, according to an independent analysis of 2017 Medicare claims reported by Orthopedic Network News.
Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, the community health system is the only hospital in the southeast United States to make the Top 10 Joint Replacement Hospitals list.
In the July 2018 report, SMH also was spotlighted for specialized revision hip and knee procedures. Revision procedures are an important quality metric because they are generally considered more challenging procedures than initial surgeries, and a high number of revision procedures generally means that a hospital has become a referral center for other revisions that cannot be treated elsewhere.
It’s not the first time Sarasota Memorial has been recognized among the nation’s highest performers for hip and knee surgery. In 2017, SMH was named a Center of Excellence for hip and knee replacement by DNV-GL Healthcare USA, Inc., one of the nation's leading hospital accrediting organizations, and also ranked among U.S. News & World Reports’ and Modern Healthcare’s “High Performing” hospitals for hip and knee replacement.
According to the latest update on the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website (July 2018), Sarasota Memorial was listed among the top five hospitals in Florida and among the top 50 in the nation for demonstrating the lowest (best) readmission rates for patients undergoing hip/knee replacement surgery. Hospital Compare’s analysis included 166 hospitals in Florida and 3,453 hospitals nationwide.
“Experience really counts when it comes to specialty care,” Sarasota Memorial’s Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica, MD, said. “There’s a clear correlation between high-volume providers and better patient outcomes.”
About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 829-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of care. SMH’s high caliber team of orthopedic surgeons and multi-disciplinary specialists help patients navigate every step of their treatment process, from pre-operative education and surgery preparation to post-operative home care, skilled nursing and customized orthopedic rehabilitation. Sarasota Memorial’s team also includes an orthopedic nurse navigator to ensure patients have all the support and resources they need before, during and after surgery to ensure the best outcomes possible. For information, visit smh.com/ortho.