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Pediatric Associates of Sarasota Joins SMH’s First Physicians Group

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SARASOTA, Fla. – (Sept. 28, 2015) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomes one of Sarasota’s longstanding pediatric practices into its First Physician Group (FPG) this week. Today, Pediatric Associates of Sarasota officially joins the hospital-owned network of primary and specialty physicians under the new practice name FPG Pediatrics at Lakewood Ranch.

The first FPG group dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children, the practice includes Pediatric Associates’ longtime pediatricians Robert Shamsey, MD, and Katherine Keeley, MD, who have held multiple leadership positions at Sarasota Memorial since joining the medical staff in 1975 and 1990, respectively, as well as pediatricians Wendy Hurwitz, MD, Charlotta Langley, MD, and Rene Sueiro, MD, who also have been in practice with the group and on Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff for many years. Prior to joining Pediatric Associates, Drs. Langley and Sueiro also served as Pediatric Hospitalists at Sarasota Memorial.

FPG Pediatrics at Lakewood Ranch
From left: Katherine Keeley, MD; Wendy Hurwitz, MD; Charlotta Langley, MD; Rene Sueiro, MD; and Robert Shamsey, MD.

The addition of the pediatric group expands the number of FPG practices to 24 and primary and specialty care physicians to more than 100, including 11 in the group who are dual board-certified in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics. The growth of the hospital-owned group reflects a national concern over the worsening shortage of physicians across the country and the federal government’s focus on population health, an evolving healthcare delivery system that encourages more collaboration and partnerships among providers to better prevent disease and promote the health of patients.

“We all have strong ties with Sarasota Memorial and are honored to be the first practice solely dedicated to pediatrics to join FPG,” said Dr. Keeley, who served as Sarasota Memorial’s Chief of Staff in 2001-2002. “They are a partner we can trust to handle the business side of our practice so that we can concentrate our time taking care of the children and families we serve.”

Besides a name change, there will be virtually no detectible changes for patients. All of the physicians will continue to see patients in their Lakewood Ranch office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Ste. 130, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. The phone number (941-366-3000), patient portal links, insurances accepted and out-of-pocket expenses remain the same.

About Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group
First Physicians Group is a network of primary and specialty care physicians employed by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System to help fill the gaps caused by a shortage of primary care physicians in the region. Backed by the tradition and strength of Sarasota Memorial, the group of more than 100 primary and specialty care physicians have been carefully selected and recruited to provide the community with compassionate and comprehensive medical care. Specialties include: Cardiovascular, Orthopedic Trauma and General Surgery; Internal Medicine and Family Practice; Pediatrics; Perinatology and Obstetrics/ Gynecology; Gynecological Oncology and Gastrointestinal Oncology; Dermatology; Palliative Care; and Pain Management.

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