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SMH Announces Physician of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Winners

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SARASOTA (Nov. 14, 2013)  – Sarasota Memorial honored two outstanding physicians for their service to the hospital and community. Sarasota Pulmonologist and Critical Care Specialist Bruce Fleegler, MD, was awarded the health system's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, while local OB-GYN Specialist Kyle Garner, MD, was named 2013 Physician of the Year.

Both physicians were selected by a committee of physician leaders and honored at Sarasota Memorial’s annual medical staff meeting Oct. 29.

Bruce Fleegler, MD

Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Fleegler specializes in the treatment of critical care patients and those with lung disease. He joined Sarasota Lung Associates and SMH’s medical staff in 1976. He served as the hospital’s Chief of Staff from 1997 to 1998 and Chief Medical Officer from 2003 to 2005, overseeing key quality initiatives, clinical research and medical staff. Among other advanced practices, he helped develop Sarasota Memorial’s emergency and critical care protocols for resuscitative hypothermia following cardiac arrest, brought new and experimental treatments to SMH patients with serious respiratory conditions and helped implement the hospital’s Intensivist program, a coordinated system of care for high-risk patients in the hospital’s intensive care units.   


Physician of the Year
Phil Garner, MDKyle Garner, MD, is this year’s recipient of Sarasota Memorial’s Physician of the Year award. Dr. Garner joined SMH’s medical staff in 2006. Dual trained in family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, he was appointed chair of the OB/GYN Department in 2012 and has spearheaded several patient safety and quality initiatives, including collaborations with local obstetricians to reduce the rate of C-sections and advance programs and protocols that encourage women to customize their birth plans. He has been a strong proponent of creating as natural a childbirth experience as possible within the safety of a hospital setting.


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 physicians, 4,000 employees and 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 centers and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health, pain management services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and short- and long-term skilled nursing care.

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