Getting in on the ground floor!
Sarasota Memorial recently held a special celebration to mark the opening of the ground floor of its new Courtyard Tower!
Community leaders, Hospital Board members, staff, physicians and volunteers took a “sneak peek” tour of the hospital’s new lobby, registration department, preadmission testing, volunteer services, surgery check-in, Courtyard Cafe, courtyards and other public areas. The ground floor officially opens for patient care April 1. The rest of the nine-story tower will open in phases beginning in the fall. Upper floors are dedicated to cardiac and orthopedic units, while middle floors are devoted to an expanded intensive care nursery, labor & delivery and mother-baby suites. There are many more private rooms, which replace the oldest areas of the existing campus.
See the photos below, as well as Patch’s coverage here.
Cutting the ribbon at the hospital’s new main entrance are, from left, SMH Chief Operating Officer David Verinder, Hospital Board Chairman Richard Merritt, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. President Alex Quarles and SMH CEO Gwen MacKenzie. The new tower connects to existing buildings on the hospital campus and overlooks beautiful courtyards.
Sarasota County Public Hospital Board Chairman Richard Merritt welcomes the crowd at the official opening ceremony. The group is pictured outside the new tower, where a concourse-like parkway curves around the building’s facade, providing dedicated parking and entrances to lobby, ER and admission areas.
The new main lobby is a 2-story spacious expanse. Improved way-finding and connectivity to existing areas of the hospital will help people get to the care they need, quickly and efficiently.
Guests at the opening ceremony have a look at the hospital’s new reception area.