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Spring Edition 2017


"Baby Friendly" Initiative:

We are in the final stage of our Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative [BFHI] journey. 
Our 2-day Designation site visit will be this summer, likely July or August.  

I appreciate the work that has been done in the Pediatric and Obstetrical Departments and the positive changes you have incorporated to make this designation attempt possible.  For those who may not be familiar, the BFHI is a global initiative of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund and implemented in the United States by Baby Friendly USA to recognize hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for mothers and newborns.  There is an abundance of scientific evidence that points to lower risks of certain diseases and improved health outcomes for both mothers and babies who breastfeed.  Breastfeeding is the natural biological conclusion to pregnancy and with the correct information and the right supports in place, under normal circumstances; most women who choose to breastfeed are able to successfully achieve their goal.  

Locally, Lee Health is currently seeking designation and both Tampa General and Shands received designation in 2015.  Thank you to all those directly involved in this work at SMH!  We are looking forward to a big celebration later this year when we become designated as a Baby Friendly hospital!

Continuing Medical Education Schedule Grand Rounds Schedule

Grand Rounds are scheduled the 1st and 3rd Fridays Monthly at 8:00 a.m.
May 5, 2017 Team Adaptation: A practical, yet critical, component of Effective Team Performance”
May 19, 2017 “Overview of Common Ophthalmologic Issues”

Trauma Grand Rounds are scheduled the 2nd Thursday Monthly at 12:00pm
May 11, 2017 "Microsurgical Reconstruction for the Trauma Patient"

DocNet Wifi Network 

Sarasota Memorial is encouraging all Medical Staff members to start using the “DocNet” Wi-Fi network as your connection to the internet at the main campus and off-site facilities. 

If you are currently using the Guestnet Wi-Fi network, we strongly encourage you to make the switch to DocNet as soon as possible, as Guestnet will transition to a time-limited, sign-in network effective May 15, 2017. Guestnet sessions will time out after 12 hours and users will be required to accept a terms of use screen again each time. DocNet will give you a continuous connection to the internet once you gain initial access. 

DocNet is actually already available and Sarasota Memorial’s Call Center personnel are available to meet you anywhere on the hospital campus to give you access to DocNet. 

  • Call the Call Center at (941) 917-6107 and a technician will be dispatched to set up your mobile device to use DocNet.  
  • During the month of May, technician will be available in the Physician Lounge Wednesday and Fridays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm to log in and set up your mobile device. 

SCM 16.3 Upgrade Scheduled for April 22 and April 23, 2017 

Take a look at the link for What’s New - What's New Handout 

HCAHPS: Communication with Doctors  

Is YOUR score Posted?  Please see bulletin board in the main campus physicians lounge for details

  • Any Physician who had at least one HCAHPS or ECC survey returned from patients discharged between August 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 have results posted in the Doctor’s lounge.
  • Scores will be updated each month for a rolling FYTD of data
  • Shaded Cells mean you have met or exceeded the National Average- Congratulations! 

Match Day 2017, Internal Medicine PGY1 Residents 

  • The Florida State University Internal Medicine Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital welcomes its inaugural class of resident physicians starting on July 1, 2017.
  • The program received 4198 applications for 13 positions, and interviewed a total of 171 candidates.  
  • All applicants were accepted through the National Resident Matching Program.

Meet the Residents!

Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Clark Road 

This week, Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine will change its name to Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Clark Road. The name change will help readily identify the facility's location and unify it with Sarasota Memorial's regional network of ambulatory centers, which currently include "Care Center" in their names.  

While the facility's name is changing to conform to our ambulatory centers' brand identity, its services will remain the same. The Health Care Center at Clark Road will continue to be home to a wide array of primary care, outpatient, diagnostic and wellness services, including Radiology, Lab, specialized Rehabilitation, Pain Care, Bariatric Program and First Physicians Group offices. Our HealthFit fitness center also is located in the facility.

Survivorship Care Plans, New Service Provided by Sarasota Memorial Institute for Cancer Care

Institute for Cancer Care Letter on Survivorship

Sarasota Memorial is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). Achieving this designation demonstrates a commitment to providing patient-centered, high-quality cancer care in our center and across the community. Our Sarasota Memorial Cancer Committee is tasked with developing and monitoring the programs and services as part of our CoC standards of accreditation.  Therefore, our Cancer Committee is pleased to announce the new Sarasota Memorial Cancer Survivorship Program. This is a free program that provides a personalized survivorship care plan for eligible, newly diagnosed cancer patients and offers access to a dedicated survivorship oncology nurse navigator. Please click the link below to learn more about this important addition to our cancer program. 

Sarasota Memorial Cancer Survivorship is a free program that offers access to an oncology nurse navigator as well as a personalized survivorship care plan. The SCP will be given to the patient within 6 months from the time the first course of treatment is completed. The intent is to provide the survivorship care plan in a free face-to-face encounter. When the patient declines a face-to-face encounter, the care plan will be delivered via other formats which may include telephone, email or U.S. postal service.   Thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter. Richard Brown, MD, Medical Director, Chair of Cancer Committee, Institute for Cancer Care.


Scott Stevens, MD

Chief of Staff