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SMH to offer lifestyle medicine pioneer Dr. Dean Ornish's program to "undo" heart disease
Starting in January, Sarasota Memorial will begin offering the Ornish Reversal Program, the first proven lifestyle medicine approach to reverse heart disease without drugs or surgery.

SMH welcomes new Family Physician to North Port
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomes a new family practice physician to North Port.

SMH Auxiliary Honors Volunteers, Installs 2015-2016 Board
Sarasota Memorial’s Volunteer Auxiliary celebrated more than 65 years of service at its annual Installation Luncheon Oct. 21 and appointed its 2015-2016 Board of Directors.

Hospital Board Elects 2015-2016 Slate of Officers
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, which governs Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, elected its new officers for 2015-2016.

Voalte, Uber, SMH Unite to Help Address Patient Transportation Challenges
Group to test new app that makes scheduling rides to follow-up medical appointments easier and more convenient for patients.

SMH Welcomes New Pain Medicine Specialist
Sarasota Memorial welcomed a new pain medicine specialist – Courtney Simmons-Rasmussen, MD – to its interdisciplinary pain care team last month.

SMH Honors Two Outstanding Physicians, Installs New Physician Leaders
Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff recently honored two physicians for outstanding service to the hospital and the community and installed its new leaders for 2015–2016.

SMH Celebrates 90 years and looks to the future
Sarasota Memorial celebrates the hospital's 90th anniversary by recognizing it's pioneering spirit since opening on November 2nd, 1925.

SMH, Columbia Announce Partnership Results, Next Innovation in Cardiac Care
Sarasota Memorial’s cardiac program is quickly outpacing the nation’s heart hospitals and setting record benchmarks in Columbia University Medical Center network of HeartSource hospitals for quality and patient outcomes.

SMH Receives Approval to Build St. Armands Urgent Care Center
Sarasota Memorial moves forward with plans to build an urgent care center on St. Armands Circle.

Pediatric Associates of Sarasota Joins SMH’s First Physicians Group
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomes one of Sarasota’s longstanding pediatric practices into its First Physician Group (FPG) this week.

First Ever Surgeon Scorecard Spotlights Dr. Carey, SMH
Urologic Surgeon Robert Carey, MD, was the highest rated surgeon with the lowest adjusted complication rates in Florida in his specialty.

SMH Welcomes former Venice Heart Surgeon to First Physicians Group’s Cardiac Team
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is pleased to announce that Cardiovascular Surgeon Jonathan Fong, MD, FACS, will join the health system’s First Physicians Group (FPG) this month.

Introducing SMH’s New 3T MAGNETOM Skyra MRI
The most powerful diagnostics and the most patient comfort

Sarasota Memorial Presents Free, Informative Lectures by Our Surgeons and Healthcare Experts
Our top physicians will discuss advanced solutions in various procedures that are proving highly successful for their patients. A brief Q & A will follow each presentation.

SMH Hosts 5-Year MEGA-Celebration in North Port
In its first five years of operation, more than half a million people have been cared for at Sarasota Memorial’s freestanding ER and health care center in North Port.

Sarasota Memorial Welcomes New Physicians to South County
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed two new primary care physicians into its First Physicians Group (FPG) network this week.

SMH Milk Depot to Collect Donated Breast Milk for Fragile, Premature Babies
SMH has opened a Milk Depot to make it easier for local moms to donate their breast milk to struggling preemies.

Study: SMH Ranked #1 in Nation for Heart Attack Care
BetterDoctor study of hospitals employing best practices ranks Sarasota Memorial #1 in the nation for heart attack care.

SMH ranks #1 in South Florida for Overall Quality, Safety & Care
In its 2015-16 Best Hospitals report, U.S. New & World Report ranks Sarasota Memorial #1 on the Suncoast for overall quality, safety and care.

Hospital Board Appoints New Member to Northern District Seat
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, the governing body of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, today appointed James "Jim" Meister to Seat 1 in the Northern District.

SMH Welcomes New General Surgeon to First Physicians Group
General Surgeon Steven Halbreich, MD, has joined the general surgery practice of Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group (FPG).

FPG Welcomes Orthopedic Traumatologist to Sarasota
Sarasota Memorial is pleased to welcome Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Matthew Klima, DO, to the health system’s First Physicians Group (FPG).

Minimally invasive surgery for esophageal cancer
At Sarasota Memorial, Dr. Meredith and hospital's highly skilled robotic team performed a robotic-assisted esophagectomy.

Sarasota Memorial Welcomes SMH Baby
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is proud to announce the arrival of SMH Baby, a free app it developed with today’s digitally savvy, expectant mothers in mind.

Veteran of Graduate Medical Education to Lead new FSU-SMH Residency Program
A founding director has been chosen for the Florida State University College of Medicine's new internal medicine residency program in Sarasota, which hopes to admit its first residents in 2017.

SMH Helicopter Crash Drill
Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota County emergency management and first responders (Fire/EMS/Law Enforcement) participated in a Mass Casualty drill Wednesday morning.

Sarasota Memorial's Critical Care Unit Earns 2015 Beacon Award for Excellence
Sarasota Memorial's Critical Care Unit has been awarded the Silver Beacon Award of Excellence, a national recognition from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomes new Cardiovascular Surgeon to First Physicians Group
Cardiovascular Surgeon Jonathan Hoffberger, DO, FACOS, has joined Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s First Physicians Group (FPG).

SMH Stroke Program Nationally Certified
Sarasota Memorial has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV Healthcare, one of the leading accrediting organizations in the nation.

Sarasota Memorial Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12.
Health system will host a weeklong slate of activities to recognize the care and commitment of its 1,400 nurses.

State Approves SMH Trauma Center
To earn the Level II designation, Sarasota Memorial assembled a team of highly specialized trauma surgeons, emergency physicians, subspecialists, trauma and intensive care nurses and rehabilitation specialists who stand ready 24/7 to provide immediate life-saving care.

SMH Named 2015 Gallup Great Workplace Award Winner
Local hospital among 40 organizations worldwide lauded for highly engaged workforce

Florida State and Sarasota Memorial Announce Physician Training Program
The Florida State University College of Medicine and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System today unveiled plans to create an internal medicine residency program in Sarasota.

Understand & Manage Your Breast Cancer Risk - Free Lecture
Many risk factors are linked to breast cancer. Two of the most common are beyond your control: being a woman and aging. Other factors are more manageable, like your weight, overall fitness, and lifestyle behaviors.

SMH’s 5-Star Nursing Home ranks among US News' “Best Nursing Homes”
Sarasota Memorial has been repeatedly recognized among the nation’s 50 best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Now, the community owned health system is being lauded for its skilled nursing and rehab center.

Studies suggest health benefits of sunshine may outweigh risks of skin cancer
Can the secret to good heart health and a longer life be as simple as spending more time in the sun?

Sarasota County Public Hospital Board Appoints Tramm Hudson to Vacant At-Large Seat
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board appointed Tramm Hudson to the governing board’s At-Large Seat 2.

SMH Moves Forward with Residency Program
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is moving ahead with plans to develop an Internal Medicine Residency Program for newly graduated doctors.

Hospital Board Approves SMH Trauma Center Bid
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted today to support Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s bid to become a Level II Trauma Center.

Realistic Targets May Boost Exercise Rates, Experts Say
People who are sedentary should focus on small increases in their activity level and not dwell on public health recommendations on exercise, according to new research.

Superbug-Slaying Robot TRU-D Arrives at SMH
5-foot-5 UV robot scans and disinfects rooms used to care for patients.

More Evidence That Healthy Living Works Wonders for Women's Hearts
Women can dramatically lower their likelihood of heart disease prior to old age by following healthy living guidelines, according to a large, long-term study.

Region's Largest Annual Parkinson's Symposium to be Held in Sarasota
An interactive venue for people who work with or are affected by Parkinson's.

Nearly Half of Older Adults With Asthma, COPD Still Smoke: CDC
Close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or COPD still continue to smoke, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

SMH Hires New Chief Operating Officer
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has hired Lorrie Liang, a senior healthcare executive from Maryland, as its new COO.

Employing Art Therapy
Art therapy uses creative means to help express emotions and deal with mental and physical challenges.

SMH Welcomes Sarasota’s First New Year’s Baby
Sarasota Memorial Hospital welcomed New Year's baby Logan Alexander Arone into the world at 2:36 am on January 1st

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