The Sarasota Scene – Accolades, Accomplishments & Achievements Nov. 10, 2017

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This week’s proudest moments on the Gulf Coast 

SMH’s Nursing Home & Home Care Services Earn Federal Government’s Highest 5-Star Ratings

For the past year, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has held a coveted spot as the only hospital in Florida with the federal government’s highest 5-Star rating.

In its latest updates this fall, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also bestowed 5-Star ratings on Sarasota Memorial’s nursing and rehabilitation center and its home care program. To evaluate home health agencies, CMS reviewed 27 process, outcome and patient experience measures. The 5-Star ratings are used as a quality indictor by other national organizations that rank health care providers as well. This week, U.S. News & World Report included Sarasota Memorial’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in its 2017-18 “Best Nursing Homes” report, in part because of its CMS rating – according to U.S. News, only 15 percent of nursing homes across the nation achieved its top performance rating.

Meanwhile, Sarasota Memorial Home Care was recognized in 2017 HomeCare Elite®, a national list of top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its 12th year, the Elite program uses CMS data and other quality indicators to list the best providers in the home care profession. This year, 9,064 home health agencies were considered, resulting in Elite recognition for 2,268.

Fergeson Skipper, P.A., Named to the 2018 “Best Law Firms” List by U.S. News-Best Lawyers®

The law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, P.A. has been named to the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.

The firm was ranked in Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates Law and Tier 1 for Tax Law in the Sarasota Metro area. Receiving a tier designation is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

To be eligible for a ranking a law firm must have at least one attorney included on The Best Lawyers In America© list.  For the second consecutive year, all shareholders in the firm’s Tax Department were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers In America. 

The 2018 “Best Law Firms” list is published on the U.S. News & World Report’s website at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller receives certificate

Angel Colonneso and Angela Vick

Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Angel Colonneso recently joined 66 clerks from across the state for the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers 2017 fall conference.

The four-day conference, held in Orlando last month, covered management aspects and disciplines related to the 1,000 statutory functions performed by the Manatee County Clerk’s Office and its counterparts.

Colonneso was presented with a certificate for completing 240 hours of training related to legal, budget, finance and court operations as required by statute, recognizing her as a certified clerk of the circuit court.

In addition to serving as the Manatee County Clerk of Court and Comptroller, Colonneso also is the secretary for the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers executive committee and the chair of the communications committee. She also serves on the CLERICUS committee, which handles the Florida Clerks case maintenance system, the strategic planning committee for the Florida Clerks Association and the justice partners committee. 

S&P gives ‘AA+’ rating to bonds issued for Braves spring stadium funding

S&P Global Ratings has given an “AA+” rating to the approximate $21.5 million capital improvement revenue bonds Sarasota County will issue later this month to finance its portion of the Atlanta Braves spring training stadium. The positive rating comes just days after Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research, also gave the bonds an “AA+” rating.

Sarasota County has committed to a contribution of the bonded proceeds of $21.2 million to be repaid with Tourist Development Tax (TDT), or hotel bed tax, toward the construction of the Braves’ new spring training complex in North Port. The county, the team, West Villages, the City of North Port and the state of Florida have partnered to relocate the team to Sarasota County. The stadium is expected to be completed in time for spring training 2019. For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.


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