April 2015

End of Life Issues
It’s not always comfortable talking about death and dying, or the difficult decisions that must be made when one is nearing the end of life. Becoming informed and planning ahead with advance directives can help make those decisions easier for family members and those charged with your care in a medical emergency.

Learn more at an educational presentation by Critical Care Specialist Howard Diener, MD, noon Friday, April 3, at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd. No reservations necessary. Refreshments will be served.

Call (941) 917-6139 for more information.

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Misunderstanding Mental Illness
A conversation about the stigma and challenges preventing treatment and what the community can do to help, hosted by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a vocal advocate for mental health care reform and co-founder of One Mind for Research and co-sponsored by Sarasota Memorial and Mental Health Community Centers.

The free community event – underwritten by the Isermann Family Foundation – will be held at 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 8, at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. Registration required. Call (941) 953-3477 or click here.

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Memory & Dementia Care: Understanding the Diagnosis, Care and Support for Those with Dementia
Free community event featuring Sarasota Memorial geriatrics specialists discussing the different types of dementia, advice on caring for a loved one at home and resources that can help, 1-5 pm Friday, April 24, Sarasota Memorial Hospital first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail.

Free and open to public. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.

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SMH NICU Reunion & March for Babies
All NICU “graduates” and their families are invited to join the SMH Babe Magnet team and help raise funds for the March of Dimes’ annual March for Babies, Saturday, May 2 (Registration 7 am/Walk 8 am), JD Hamel Park (corner of Main St. & U.S. 41).

After the walk, attend the Sarasota Memorial NICU Reunion, where families can enjoy refreshments and activities and reunite with the physicians and nurses who cared for the “graduates.”

Join the SMH “Babe Magnet” team here. Information: (941) 917-1700.

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Preventing Secondary Strokes
Of the 750,000 Americans who have a stroke each year, as many as 14 percent will have a second stroke within a year and up to half within five years.

To reduce the risk of secondary strokes, Sarasota Memorial’s Secondary Stroke and TIA Prevention Clinic provides outpatient services and support to help patients control hypertension, manage stress and cholesterol levels, stop smoking, make recommended dietary or lifestyle changes and monitor medications, such as blood thinners.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Learn more: (941) 917-3890 or visit smh.com/stroke.

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Upcoming Benefits
• April 25 – Sarasota Memorial’s North Port ER & Care Center is participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to help raise money for cancer research and local American Cancer Society programs. During the event, which takes place from 11 am to 11 pm Saturday, April 25, at North Port High School, team members take turns walking or running laps around the school track. Join the SMH team. Questions? Contact Carrie Kunda.

• May 1 – Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s 14th Annual Golf Tournament will take place Friday, May 1, at Laurel Oak Country Club. Registration starts at 9 am, with a shotgun start at 10:30 am. Proceeds benefit the Physicians Endowment Fund, which supports staff education at SMH. Information: (941) 917-1286 or smhf.org.

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