Superb Sarasota Healthcare: A Boon for Home Buyers


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September, 25, 2013 – The continuing advance in the quality of healthcare services and facilities in Sarasota and Manatee adds further luster on the two counties as a destination for prospective home buyers, particularly senior citizens and retirees, Sarasota Bay Real Estate reports.  This appreciable development, the full service realty company notes, was manifested recently in the upgrade that the Sarasota Memorial Hospital achieved in the annual “Best Hospitals” ranking of the U.S. News & World Report.

In the 2013 listing, the hospital came out sixth among the 371 hospitals in Florida, up two rungs from its eight-place ranking in 2012. It also emerged as the tops in its region, a ranking highlighted with its 48th place in gynecology specialty services among U.S. hospitals. Sarasota Memorial likewise distinguished itself as a high performer in several other specialties including diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, and pulmonology.

Rankings’ parameters

U.S. News assesses every year the country’s 5,000 hospitals to determine the top 50 ranking in 16 adult specialties. It also cites “high performing” regional hospitals which provide healthcare services at almost the same level as their nationally ranked peers.

These U.S. News rankings, now on their 24th year, were initiated to assist patients searching for hospitals which can provide a high level of care demanded by the difficult, challenging, or risky health conditions they are faced with. Some of the measures used in the specialty rankings include patient survival, safety data, and professional staffing levels.

Top choice for medical professionals


In a related development, Sarasota Bay Real Estate notes that an abundance of incentives for competent healthcare professionals, particularly family doctors and general medical practitioners, comes as another positive for living in Sarasota-Bradenton area. Using employment concentration in the medical profession as one of the criteria, a recent analysis by the national consumer finance website ValuePenguin ranked the North Port-Manatee-Sarasota MSA as the no. 1 among the top U.S. cities for doctors.  The other factors considered in the analysis were cost of living and professional salaries.

Notably, the best and brightest caregivers likewise come as one of the strengths of Sarasota Memorial.  The hospital holds the Magnet Nursing Services Recognition, the highest U.S. honor for nursing excellence. The American Nurses’ Credentialing Center, the country’s premier authority on nursing, awarded this distinction to the hospital, currently the only healthcare institution in the region to be so recognized.

Sharing the “West of the Trail” advantage

Accessibility too works well for the hospital which is located just off the Tamiami Trail. In particular, this location is likewise one of the advantages for the so-called “West of the Trail” communities in Sarasota. These neighborhoods not only have access to the superb healthcare services and facilities, like those at Sarasota Memorial. Also within easy reach are the centers of business, culture, sports, and entertainment in the region.

Harbor Acres, less than a mile west of Sarasota Memorial, is one of these strategically located communities which have been drawing buyer attention lately. Three properties here currently on the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale are on the pending list, with their prices over the million-dollar level. Still up for grabs is a four-bedroom home with a floor area of close to 3,000 square feet priced in the low $600s.

At the neighboring subdivision of Rio Vista, there are a couple of listings at asking prices in the low $100s.  One is an updated two-bedroom bungalow with a floor plan measuring 748 square feet. The other is a 1,155-square-foot, newly remodeled residence with two bedrooms and two baths.