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New clinic in Venice helps patients manage anticoagulation medications
08.29.2014 [SMH Extra]

VHCC-WebCommunity members in Venice and surrounding areas who are taking anticoagulants have a new resource to help them manage their medications: Sarasota Memorial has opened an outpatient anticoagulation clinic on N. US 41 Bypass in Venice to help residents safely manage their therapy and decrease their risk of developing dangerous bleeding or blood clots.

Doctors typically prescribe anticoagulation medication, including Coumadin, Jantoven, warfarin and low molecular weight heparin, to reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots in people who have had heart attacks, strokes or other blood clotting conditions. But it can be a delicate balancing act: taking too much increases bleeding, while taking too little increases the risk of potentially deadly blood clots.

The Venice anticoagulation clinic is open Wednesdays by appointment. It is located in the Sarasota Memorial Health Care and Urgent Care Center, 997 N. US 41 Bypass. It is one of six anticoagulation clinics the health system operates at outpatient campuses in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Patients at any level of anticoagulation therapy are welcome, but must have a referral and visit their managing physician at least once a year. For information or appointments, call (941) 917-8889 or click here.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

Skilled Nursing Center earns deficiency-free survey
06.05.2014 | SMH Extra

Congratulations to Sarasota Memorial’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, which was deemed to be deficiency-free following an annual licensure survey by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. In May, state regulators conducted a comprehensive four-day inspection of the center’s patient care processes, safety protocols, cleanliness, food service, staff competencies and more. They also reviewed dozens of patient charts […]

Beautiful honor for Venice center
05.23.2014 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial’s new Venice Urgent Care Center, right, won the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce’s Beautification Award for May. The Chamber’s Ambassador’s Committee said the prestigious award is presented to area businesses that have made a contribution to Venice “by enhancing the appearance of their building or property, or in your case a sparkling new […]

Pitch perfect!
05.21.2014 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial Advanced Practice Nurse Karen Reynolds, DNP, CNS-BC, FGNLA, had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a recent Tampa Bay Rays baseball game when the team hosted a special Nurses’ Appreciation Night in honor of Nurses’ Week. The selection of Karen to represent the nursing profession was particularly appropriate, since May is also […]

A key role in North Port
05.20.2014 | SMH Extra

North Port Mayor Jim Blucher, center, gives departing CEO Gwen MacKenzie a key to the city in appreciation of her support of the community. Gwen, who is leaving the helm of Sarasota Memorial to assume a leadership role with  Ascension Health in her home state of Michigan, helped oversee the opening of the freestanding Emergency Room and […]