Sarasota (May 26, 2016) - Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification. The hospital is the 31st in the nation to earn this designation and the first in Sarasota County.

"Doctors Hospital is proud to have earned another first in our community," said President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Meade. "The certification reflects our staff’s commitment to maintaining the highest industry standards in patient care to ensure patient safety and improve clinical outcomes."

Doctors Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in May. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with sepsisspecific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

"Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with sepsis," said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, Executive Director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. "We commend Doctors Hospital for becoming a leader in sepsis care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients in its community."

Sepsis is the body’s response to an infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and even death. With early detection and rapid initiation of treatment, sepsis mortality can be reduced dramatically.

Last month, Doctors received an "A" grade for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety group. Doctors was the only hospital in Sarasota County to receive an "A" Grade.

About Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is an all-private room acute care facility serving the healthcare needs of Sarasota County and 1-75 corridor residents. Doctors Hospital is a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and a Joint Commission Top Performer in Key Quality Measures. The facility has been nationally recognized by Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Best Places to Work for seven years in a row. Additionally, Doctors Hospital is the only facility in Sarasota to receive an A grade in patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. For more information about the services of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, please visit or contact Aimee Bennett at (941) 342-1012.