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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 current unit is long overdue for major upgrades and renovations as it contains mostly semi-private rooms and shared bathrooms.

Preliminary plans call for the Retter wing, which is the hospital’s oldest building, to be torn down and a replacement Rehab facility to be built in its place on the north side of Arlington Street, between Laurent Place and West Hospital Drive.

The project is in the initial planning and design phase.  Conceptual plans call for a facility that would be 4 to 5 stories tall and up to 85’ in height.  The first floor would consist of parking; the next three floors would contain relocated outpatient and inpatient physical rehabilitation services and administrative offices; and the top floor would accommodate mechanical, electrical and fire protection equipment.

It will take two years to design and build the facility at an estimated cost of $40 to $46 million.  The new facility is slated to open by the end of 2016.

Fantastic nurses from Labor and Delivery and the Mother-Baby Unit!
07.18.2014 | New Moms & Dads

Great photo of our fantastic nurses from Labor and Delivery and the Mother-Baby Unit. So far, this group has assisted in over 1500 special deliveries for 2014! Click on the image to see a full-size version of these smiling faces!

Sarasota Memorial named to best hospitals list
07.15.2014 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial once again is the only hospital in the region to make U.S. News & World Report’s new “Best Hospitals” list. The hospital was ranked among the very best hospitals in the nation for Gynecology care. SMH also was listed among the top five hospitals in Florida and #1 in southern Florida for overall care. Click here […]

REPOST: Look Before You Lock and Other Safety Tips
07.08.2014 | New Moms & Dads

This post, from July 2013, is still relevant today. With the recent occurrences of child heat stroke deaths in mind, please take a few minutes and read it again. Did you know a child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle? In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause […]

Signs and Symptoms of Preterm Labor
06.26.2014 | New Moms & Dads

All pregnant women look forward to meeting their baby, seeing who they look like and holding that precious kicking machine for the first time. Often by the last month or two of pregnancy, moms are feeling ready to not be pregnant anymore and live without the common discomforts of the third trimester. But sometimes, baby […]

Signs of hypoglycemia may be overlooked in older adults
06.25.2014 | Wellness

Hypoglycemia (blood glucose level that drops below 70 mg/dL.) has been recognized as one of the most common and most serious diabetes-related emergencies for older adults. In fact, a new study shows a higher rate of hospital admissions for older adults with hypoglycemia, with admission rates for hypoglycemia now exceeding those for hyperglycemia (high blood glucose level) among seniors. Signs […]

New tool allows you to access your health information
06.24.2014 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial’s Patient Portal is here! It’s launch time for the new online tool that will help you manage your protected health information in one secure, accessible place. If you’ve ever been an SMH patient, we invite you to be among the first to establish your SMH FollowMyHealth portal account at a special event at HealthSquare at […]

FDA Sets Safety Standards for Infant Formula
06.20.2014 | New Moms & Dads

A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An initial version of the rule for manufacturers of infant formula was released in February and the final version contains some modifications and clarifications that were made in response to comments received by […]

Road remains beautiful thanks to staff and family
06.19.2014 | SMH Extra

Eleven years ago, Sarasota Memorial’s Bayside Center for Behavioral Health joined the “Keep Sarasota County Beautiful” program, adopting a section of Webber Street between Beneva and McIntosh to keep clean. Staff from departments from all over the hospital and family members got together on a recent Saturday and picked up 49.5 pounds of trash!

The gyro is the hero of summer meals
06.17.2014 | Wellness

Gyros are a great, versatile lunch or dinner  - You can make the sandwich to satisfy a wide range of diets and tastes. Our Food & Nutrition staff in Windows Cafe came up with a delicious recipe for Chicken Gyros. The dish has grilled chicken strips with tzatziki sauce (made of low-fat Greek yogurt, diced cucumbers, garlic and lemon juice – […]