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Christmas Donations
Being hospitalized can be an anxious time for patients of any age, but especially for a young child. Frightening thoughts swirl through their minds before they arrive, or begin to meet members of the medical team. Being able to hold and hug a stuffed animal, or travel to far-away magical places in a book or enjoy a toy or game to play with in their room can make such a big difference during their hospital stay.

Sarasota Memorial Opens Operating Rooms of the Future – Today
News of Sarasota Memorial’s new integrated operating rooms (i-ORs) may have been overshadowed by the “topping out” of the hospital’s Courtyard Tower this summer, but as construction continues on the state-of-the-art tower, local surgeons are enjoying the benefits of the most sophisticated, modern operating environment available today.

Sarasota Memorial Once Again Named Consumers' Preferred Hospital
For the 14th consecutive year, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was named the Consumer Choice Award winner for the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice metropolitan area by the National Research Corporation.

Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare Opens at Westfield Sarasota Square
Healthcare has come a long way from “take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” Things were simpler then, healthcare choices definitely more limited.
View the SNN6 video here ...

Sarasota Memorial Receives BD Quality Award for Pioneering Blood Collection Practices Designed to Enhance Patient Care
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) presented Sarasota Memorial Health Care System with its first ever “BD Quality Award” today for pioneering best practices in blood collection techniques that promote safe, high quality patient care.

SMH-Kobernick Anchin Open Specialty Clinic to Help People Safely Manage Blood Thinner Medications
This week, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System will open an important outpatient specialty clinic on the Kobernick Anchin retirement community’s campus to help residents there and others in the community safely manage their anticoagulation medications.

SMH Honors Two Outstanding Physicians, Installs New Physician Leaders
SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2011) – Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff recently installed its new leaders for 2012 and honored two outstanding physicians for service to the hospital and community.

Construction drill tests emergency preparedness
As a part of Global Safety Week (Oct. 16 – 23), Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Department of Public Safety, Skanska USA (general contractor for the Courtyard Tower) and the Sarasota County Fire Department teamed up to conduct a “confined space” rescue drill.

HealthGrades Names Sarasota Memorial Hospital 5-Star Rated in 23 Specialties
Patients treated at 5-Star Hospitals have 73% lower chance of death and are 63% less likely to experience complications compared to 1-Star Hospitals

SMH Delivers Baby Boom of Multiple Proportions
The hospital's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, always bustling, was even more so because of an unlikely coincidence: Two sets of triplets born a week apart, along with three sets of twins.
View the ABC7 video clip here.

Anterior Hip Replacement
Local journalist Linda Carson from WWSB-ABC7 invited her station camera crew to videotape her joint replacement surgery – she underwent one of the latest orthopedic advancements, an Anterior Supine Intermuscular (ASI) hip replacement. Dr. Edward Stolarski performed the surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Aug. 17, 2011.

Genetic Education Can Help Assess Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer Risk
An estimated three-quarters of a million Americans carry an inherited BRCA (breast/ovarian cancer) genetic mutation, but nearly 90 percent of these individuals don’t know about their risk.

Mammography at age 40?
When a U.S. government task force recommended that women wait until their 50s to get their first mammogram and stop breast self-exams in 2009, the dramatic reversal in breast cancer screening guidelines last year sparked immediate debate.

Free respite, support services for Alzheimer's caregivers
If you are caring for a spouse or partner with Alzheimer’s disease, you are among an estimated one in 18 people in Sarasota County impacted by dementia.

Moody's affirms A1 rating for Sarasota County Public Hospital District
Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the A1 long-term ratings assigned to Sarasota County Public Hospital District's (the District) $466 million of outstanding bonds. The outlook remains stable.

SMH ranks Among HealthStrong’s Top 100 Hospitals
National Hospital Strength Index™ Launched to Address Demands of the New Healthcare

Hospital Update
Sarasota Memorial invites representatives for a discussion of health care issues at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Expand Contract Agreement
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) have expanded their insurance agreement, making Sarasota Memorial’s three urgent care centers an in-network option for BCBSF members, effective Sept. 15, 2011.

Sarasota Memorial Welcomes new OB/GYN specialist
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed a new OB/GYN physician into its First Physician Group (FPG) network. On Monday, Kristen Shepherd, MD, joined the obstetrics/gynecology practice of Drs. Ruth Dyal, Kelly Hamel, Neil Pollack, Michael Shroder and Greg Towsley, at 1921 Waldemere Street, Suite 802 (Waldemere Medical Plaza).

SMH Develops New ER Protocols to Address Early Pregnancy Loss
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is revising its emergency care protocols to ensure not only the best clinical care, but also the ongoing emotional support women need when experiencing early pregnancy loss.

SMH Opens Stickney Point Urgent Care Center
Open 8am to 8pm seven days a week, the centers are equipped with imaging and lab testing to provide quick, comprehensive diagnoses and treatments.

SMH Listed Among Best in Nation for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia care
Sarasota Memorial Hospital has been recognized once again for demonstrating some of the best mortality/quality of care statistics in the nation.

New test targets Lynch syndrome, a risk factor for colon, endometrial cancers
Sarasota Memorial has added an important test to help people with colon or endometrial cancer determine their risk for Lynch syndrome, an inherited condition in which individuals and their family members are at greater risk for developing secondary cancers often at a young age.

U.S. News & World Report: Sarasota Memorial Named Best in North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton Region
The public, not-for-profit hospital serves as an example of how people may find superior quality & care close to home in their own community.

Sarasota Memorial First In Region To Offer Less Invasive Robotic Weight-Loss Surgery
First it was cancer and cardiac surgery, then gynecological and thoracic cases. Now, Sarasota Memorial has become the first hospital in the region to use its da Vinci robot to offer patients the most advanced, minimally invasive option in weight loss surgery.
Watch a Video from SNN

Florida Group Earns Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) Credential
The Suncoast Emergency Preparedness Information Center (EPIC) for Healthcare Providers proudly announces that the following members of the Sarasota County Healthcare Preparedness Consortium were recently awarded the Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) credential

Sarasota Memorial unveils state-of-the-art surgery center
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recently celebrated a construction milestone — the unveiling of the hospital’s new Women’s & Minimally Invasive Surgery Center.

“Topping out” ceremony marks halfway point in Sarasota Memorial Hospital construction
Sarasota Memorial’s new 9-story Courtyard Tower reached a milestone today, as construction workers hoisted the highest and last structural element is about to be swung into place.
Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article here

Joint Statement - Sarasota Memorial & USF Health
Following Jackson Lab withdrawal, USF and Sarasota Memorial agree to continue their discussions around developing highly advanced personalized, health care.

Make sure your children have health insurance this summer
Local health officials encourage parents to ensure that their children have health insurance not only during the school year, but during summer months as well. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage and acquire the health coverage needed for your children

SMH Recognized for Encouraging Bicycle Fitness & Bike-Friendly Workplace
Sarasota Memorial held a special ceremony May 18 – during Bike-to-Work Week – to recognize the efforts of the health system’s “Green Team” in creating a bicycle friendly environment for staff and community members. During the ceremony, Sarasota Memorial was recognized for being among 55 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses receiving awards at this year’s National Bike Summit, hosted each year by the League of American Bicyclists.

SMH to Unveil Two New Specially Equipped Ambulances
Thanks in part to a grant from Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation – and many of its own employees – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System will unveil two new ambulances this month, one that will immediately be stationed 24/7 at its freestanding ER in North Port.

SMH Nurses of Excellence - 2011
Sarasota Memorial celebrated Nurses’ Week May 6-12. A highlight of the weeklong celebration was the announcement May 11 of the hospital’s 2011 Nurses and Patient Care/Multi-Skilled Techs of Excellence.

Local Surgeon Appointed FOS President
Sarasota Memorial Hospital Chief of Surgery Adam Bright, MD, has been elected president of the Florida Orthopedic Society (FOS), a professional association representing about 1,100 orthopedic surgeons throughout the state. He is slated to take office Sunday, May 22, after delivering the presidential address at the organization’s annual meeting that starts May 19 in Orlando.
Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article here

SMH Ranks Among Top 5 Percent in Nation for Women’s Health
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System ranked among the top five percent in the nation for women’s health, and a recipient of the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award.™

Sarasota Memorial Celebrates 2011 National Nurses Week – May 6-12.
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is celebrating Nurses Week May 6-12, with a weeklong slate of activities that recognize the care and commitment of its 1,300 nurses. The national recognition week takes place each year, culminating May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Miracle Mile: Heartfelt Ending for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor
When her heart stopped beating in the car on the way to her son’s middle school Feb. 9, Cindy Hemberger passed out in one of the best places in North Port to suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
Watch a Video from SNN

Sarasota Memorial's Pet Therapy Program Brings Joy and Support to Patients
It turns out dogs are more than man’s best friend. They’re pretty good at making the sick feel better, too.
PHOTO GALLERY: Pet therapy at SMH

Disaster Assistance Information for Tornado and Flood ravaged Southeast United States
The Florida Hospital Association (FHA), in response to the devastation from last week’s tornadoes and flooding across the Southeastern U.S., is searching for opportunities for members of the health care community to make donations to the on-going relief and recovery efforts of our neighboring states.

Two New Physicians Open Family Practices in east Manatee’s Heritage Harbour
Two new physicians opened family practices today in the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Heritage Harbour. Karen M. Bigby, MD, and Andrew E. Burg, MD, specialize in family practice and provide comprehensive medical care for families and individuals of all ages.

Addressing Prescription Pain Medication Abuse and Misuse
Approximately seven people die each day from prescription drug abuse in Florida. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article here.

First New Alzheimer's Guidelines In 27 Years Could Mean Earlier Diagnosis, More Effective Treatment
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Now, for the first time in 27 years, doctors are re-defining how they diagnose the disease in hopes of detecting changes in the brain a decade or more before symptoms occur – a stage when intervention and treatment is believed to be most effective.

Sarasota Memorial helping heart failure patients live longer, better lives
SMH had lowest (best) readmission rate in Florida and ranked in top 10 nationwide, according to a recent federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) study.

SMH Pulmonologist Appointed to State Tobacco Prevention Council
Kirk Voelker, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Clinical Research Center and a local pulmonologist who has been a longtime advocate for smoking prevention programs, has been appointed to the State of Florida’s Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council.

National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, along with other national, state and community partners, is reaching out to educate the community about the importance of advance health care decision-making — an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

Sarasota Memorial Names Employee, Leader of the Year
This month, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System named its EXCEL Employee of the Year and Leader of the Year, two of the organization’s most prestigious awards.

FAQ: Japanese Nuclear Energy Situation
The state of Florida has set up a 24-hour hotline to address questions from the public and the media relating to concerns over the nuclear power plant situation in Japan.

SMH Construction Disaster Drill Tests Emergency Preparedness
Dozens of hospital, police, fire and emergency rescue workers participated in a disaster preparedness drill Wednesday, testing their abilities to work quickly and effectively to secure the site of a mass casualty construction accident and rescue dozens of mock victims trapped in the debris.
View ABC7 news segment here
View Sarasota Herald-Tribune photos here

Sarasota Memorial Named Among Top 5% for Patient Safety

A Public Safety Reminder from Sarasota Memorial ...
Recent local events highlight two important safety issues. First, a missing vulnerable adult, especially one with dementia - should be reported to law enforcement as soon as possible. Let law enforcement decide when to use the tools available to locate the missing person.

Jackson Laboratory to Locate in Sarasota County with Presence in Tampa
The Jackson Laboratory announced today that it will partner with the University of South Florida (USF), Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Sarasota County and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to develop genetics-based treatments for heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes at a new research facility in Sarasota County.
Sarasota Herald Tribune: Jackson Lab Picks Sarasota County
ABC7 Video: Jackson Labs project could give huge boost to area economy

Black History Month Hall of Fame Honors Outstanding SMH Staff
Sarasota Memorial inducted four new staff members into its 2011 Black History Month Hall of Fame this month. Each year during this special month, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board and health system officials honor a select group of African-American employees who are role models for excellence at the organization and in the community.

Sarasota Memorial Named One of HealthGrades’ Elite “America’s 50 Best Hospitals”
HealthGrades study: If all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Sarasota Memorial, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 1999 and 2009

SMH doctors demo latest generation surgical robot
On Friday Sarasota Memorial Hospital invited its robotic surgeons and representatives from Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation to “test drive” the latest generation in surgical robots.

USF Nursing, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Forge Clinical Partnership in Sarasota
The University of South Florida College of Nursing announces that it will add Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a new Clinical Collaborative partner.

Sarasota Memorial Steers Two Physicians – One New, One Veteran – to Medically Underserved North Port
Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group recently opened two new medical practices in Sarasota Memorial's ER and Health Care Center in North Port, honoring a commitment to help fill a critical need for more primary and specialty physicians in the medically underserved area.

Matters of the Heart
February is a month filled with hearts and roses – it’s also American Heart Month and the perfect time to take stock of your heart health.

Four counties take bold steps to address prescription drug misuse
Monday, Jan. 31, in the presence of many witnesses, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) from twelve participating hospitals and four health departments from Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties gathered to make a public proclamation of their commitment to support a multi-faceted campaign to address Responsible Prescriptions Use at a media event at Twin Lakes Park Auditorium in Sarasota.
View an Access Sarasota TV video here

Study Ranks SMH Among Nation’s Top 5% of Hospitals for Clinical Excellence
Patients checking into high performing hospitals like SMH have fewer complications and a nearly 30 percent lower chance of dying

Breaking New Ground in Patient Care
Today marked a historical milestone for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, as staff, doctors, volunteers, philanthropists and others in the community gathered for the official "Breaking Ground" ceremony of its new Courtyard Tower.

Sarasota Baby Born 1-11-11 at 11:11 in Room 11
It's definitely one for the baby books … and the record books.

SMH Named Among Nation’s 50 safest hospitals, medical centers
Sarasota Memorial is among the 50 safest hospitals and medical centers in the nation, according to Security magazine's "2010 Security 500" list, which annually recognizes organizations worldwide for best-managed security practices.

Sarasota hosts nation’s largest medical conference on Parkinson Disease Jan. 22
A major coup for Sarasota: the nation's largest medical conference on Parkinson disease is coming to town Jan. 22, 2011.

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