March 2012


Conversations with Experts at Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare
Join our physician and health care experts at Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare, located near Macy’s in the center of Westfield Sarasota Square, for a series of brief lectures focused on prevention and management of chronic disease: Friday, March 2 (1-3 pm) – Getting to know your Lifesaving (Colonoscopy) Screening; Friday, March 9 (1-3 pm) – How Pain Management Works; Tuesday, March 27 (11 am-1 pm) – All About Diabetes. The lectures are free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP: (941) 302-4271.

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Dental/Vision Health & Diabetes
Diabetes can take a toll on your teeth, gums and eyes. Learn how to manage your risks at the following free education events that will be held at 9 am in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota: March 5 – Dental Health and Diabetes, presented by Periodontist Michael Pawlus, DDS; and April 2 – Keeping Diabetes “Insight,” by William J. Mestrezat, MD., Center for Sight. For information about these programs or Sarasota Memorial's diabetes education and treatment services, call (941) 917-7468.

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Be a Lucky Lifesaver – Join us for Sarasota Memorial’s Spring Blood Drive
Donors receive a Lucky Lifesaver (St.Patrick’s Day theme) t-shirt, entry into a drawing to win a Free Kindle, a wellness check, a cholesterol screening & the opportunity to earn a $25 restaurant gift card. The blood drive will be held on Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s main campus, first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail on the following dates: March 6 (7:30 am-4:30 pm); March 7 (10 am-6 pm); March 8 (7:30 am-4:30 pm) and March 10 (7 am-noon). Call (941) 917-7986 for information on additional drives/dates scheduled this month in neighborhood care centers and off campus locations.

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Golf Fitness Rehab
This month’s Stroke Support Group will feature Moe Charania, occupational therapist and CGFI-Titleist, presenting techniques from Sarasota Memorial’s Golf Fitness and Rehab program, designed to help stroke patients (and others) regain their ability to golf, improve balance and other daily living skills. The group meets 10-11:30 am Wednesday, March 14 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s main campus, 1700 S Tamiami Trail, meeting room 4 A&B (take "B" elevators to 4th floor just past the cafeteria). Call (941) 917-7048 for information.

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Depression & Brain Health
Join nationally recognized physician and researcher David V. Habif Jr., MD, for a series of free mental health seminars. Lectures will be held 9:30 am-12:30 pm (registration 9 am) in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Upcoming lectures: March 24 – New Frontiers and Depression (co-presented by Parlane Reid, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer and Psychiatrist at Sarasota Memorial; April 21 – Brain Health and Wellness: Practical Applications for You and Your Loved Ones. Three CEUs are available for $15. RSVP: (941) 953-3477 or register at: mhcci.com

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Colon Cancer and the Link to Lynch Syndrome
Approximately 2-3 percent of all colorectal and endometrial cancer cases are due to a genetic abnormality called Lynch Syndrome. Cristi Radford, certified genetic counselor from Sarasota Memorial, will share important information about the genetic link and steps families can take to protect their health, at a free community education event 1:30-2:30 pm Wednesday, March 21, at the Cancer Support Community, 5481 Communications Parkway, Lakewood Ranch. RSVP: (941) 921-5539.

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