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SMH Contracts with Radiology Associates of Florida

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SARASOTA, Fla. (May 31, 2013) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System's partnership with a new radiology services provider, Radiology Associates of Florida, begins June 1. 

The independent practice has served the Tampa Bay Area since 1970.  The group has been the exclusive radiology services provider for Tampa General Hospital and the primary teaching faculty for the University of South Florida's Department of Radiology.

Radiology Associates of Florida recently expanded its team to 46 board-certified radiologists and dedicated 16 specialists to Sarasota Memorial. The Sarasota team includes several highly regarded radiologists from Sarasota Memorial’s previously contracted group (Radiology Associates of Sarasota). Radiology Associates of Florida includes full-time, fellowship-trained, board certified radiologists covering 11 sub-specialties, including pediatric and neuro-interventional specialists. All live in the local community and will provide 24/7 in-house coverage for the health system.

“Radiology Associates of Florida is excited to begin this new partnership with Sarasota Memorial,” said Gregg Baran, M.D., who assumes the position of medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Radiology Department with the new group. “We have provided high-quality radiology services at Tampa General Hospital for over 40 years, and will bring to Sarasota state-of-the-art radiology services, with coverage in all radiology subspecialties.” 

A multi-specialty committee of physicians, appointed by Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff leaders, spent months reviewing proposals from a number of radiology groups before recommending Radiology Associates of Florida. In selecting its top choice, the committee based its decision on quality, service, and coverage.  Radiology Associates of Florida’s ability to expand services, enhance the patient experience, and control costs will preserve and further develop Sarasota Memorial’s national reputation for quality care.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, safest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation.

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