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School Bus Safety
08.22.2014 [New Moms & Dads]

school-bus-safetyBack to school this year was especially exciting for my youngest, because he is now a bus rider. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest vehicles on the roads, but there are still some risks involved. The greatest danger for bus riders is while getting on and/or off the bus, especially when they are  rushing, not paying attention to surrounding traffic, or they move out of the bus driver’s sight.

Teaching children to make safe habits a priority can help them to avoid potential dangers. Review this list from the American Academy of Pediatrics with your bus riders and have a great new school year!

  • Walk to and from the bus stop with a friend or family member.
  • Get to the bus stop five minutes early, so you don’t have to hurry.
  • Never move toward the bus until it has come to a complete stop, the door has opened, and its safety lights are flashing.
  • Never cross a street without checking both ways for traffic, looking left, then right, then left again.
  • Always stay within the bus driver’s view.
  • Walk in front of the bus only.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the driver. Don’t try to pick it up until the driver knows you’ve dropped something.
  • Never move around on the bus. Take a seat and stay there. If the bus has seat belts, always wear one.
  • Obey the driver, and speak quietly so the driver can concentrate.
  • Never stick anything out of a bus window.

Happy 20th Birthday, First Physicians!
08.18.2014 | SMH Extra

Twenty years ago, a handful of physicians teamed up with Sarasota Memorial to combine their resources and strengthen the primary care network in the community. Over the past two decades, First Physicians Group has touched literally millions of lives – more than 4.5 million patient visits – and has grown to a network of 21 […]

Skin to Skin – It’s what’s in!
08.15.2014 | New Moms & Dads

A newborns natural habitat is lying on the mothers (or fathers) chest, skin to skin immediately after being born and in the hours, days and weeks after. Skin to skin, means just that, baby’s bare skin against mother’s bare skin. No blankets or clothing interfering. The mother’s body will keep baby plenty warm while the […]

New Home for Employee Health Services
08.15.2014 | Campus Improvements

Now located on the second floor of the Waldemere Tower near the B Elevator, the hospital’s Employee Health Services Department features the same welcoming and warm colors, textures and design features found in the Courtyard Tower.  This project is part of Sarasota Memorial’s ongoing campus improvements to create a seamless transition from one area of […]

All the comfort of your favorite food, but healthier!
08.14.2014 | SMH Extra

A pulled pork sandwich defines comfort food for many people. But food that’s comforting doesn’t have to mean lots of fat and very little nutritional value. You can enjoy your favorite meals at home if you use healthier and fresh ingredients. Sarasota Memorial’s Windows Cafe recently served a version of pulled pork that keeps a balanced diet in mind. Mix lean pulled pork […]

Tip-Over Furniture Can Kill Kids
08.07.2014 | New Moms & Dads

It can happen in an instant: A small child pulls up on a television, dresser or computer monitor and gets critically injured when the furniture tips over. “Every parent or guardian of a young child should look around their homes and imagine what could tip over, fall off walls and injure a child. Imagining it […]

2014 Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life!
08.01.2014 | New Moms & Dads

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Here at SMH we are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7th with a host of both fun and educational activities centered on this year’s theme: Breastfeeding: A winning goal for life!  […]

Listen in for healthy updates!
07.30.2014 | SMH Extra

Get a quick dose of healthy news in your life! A new podcast series, Sarasota Memorial HealthCasts, is live on iTunes. To access/subscribe to the series, search “Sarasota Memorial HealthCasts” in the iTunes store. You also can click the “Follow Us” icon on the podcast home page here. The latest HealthCast topic is “Why Men Aren’t Living as […]

Breastfeeding Support & Latch Clinic
07.25.2014 | New Moms & Dads

Join us as we hear what is working for other mothers, share information and resources, and make connections with other breastfeeding moms.  The clinic is facilitated by a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. The clinic is open to all, and there is no registration necessary. Every Tuesday, 2:00 PM – 3:30PM Waldemere Medical Plaza 1921 Waldemere St. Second Floor Call 917-1700 […]

Proposed Rehab Facility Discussed at Community Workshop
07.18.2014 | Campus Improvements

Wednesday evening, July 16, members of the community attended the City of Sarasota’s neighborhood workshop to learn about Sarasota Memorial’s proposed new comprehensive rehabilitation facility which would replace the current 30-year old unit located in the two upper floors of the hospital’s East Tower.  While it has undergone several décor changes over the years, the […]