December 2009

Need Relief from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Now you have options. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) can be a painful and debilitating condition. If you feel you’ve lost some of your quality of life, join Sarasota Memorial’s neurosurgeons for two free and informative presentations to learn more about the latest treatments and technologies available to alleviate the condition. Both sessions will be held in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota:

• Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m. – RSVP: (941) 870-0885

• Wednesday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m. – RSVP: (941) 870-0881

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Heritage Harbour Pain Care Center Opens Dec. 11
Sarasota Memorial recently welcomed a new pain medicine specialist to its medical staff – Paul Satia, MD – and this month will open a new Pain Care Center for people who live in the northern/eastern areas of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Satia, a physician with specialized training in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, joins pain medicine specialists Donald Erb, DO, and Rafael Miguel, MD, in the hospital’s Pain Care Centers. The newest center opens Dec. 11 in the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Center at Heritage Harbour, located about ½ mile east of I-75 off State Road 64 in east Manatee County. From traditional treatments and medications to breakthrough interventional procedures – all tailored to meet an individual’s specific needs – Sarasota Memorial's Pain Care Centers offer the widest range of coordinated pain care services available in Southwest Florida. Two other centers are located at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, off Clark Road, and the Sarasota Memorial Care Center at Blackburn Point, Osprey. For information or appointments, call (941) 917-4500.

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Robotic Surgery: Fewer Stitches, Faster Recovery
Few hospitals anywhere have the technology or surgeons to offer robotic surgery. Sarasota Memorial has both! Three of our robotic surgeons will present the latest in this advanced specialty at the Venice Community Center, Tuesday, Dec. 15, noon-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Call (941) 917-7777 to learn more or visit

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Coping with the Holiday Blues
In December, when just about everyone in the world is celebrating in some way, it’s not unusual for many people to feel sad or lonely during the holidays – a condition known as the holiday blues or holiday depression. While the feelings of sadness may be intense, they are a normal response to a stress-filled time of the year and usually subside after the holidays when daily routines resume. Talking to a friend, family member, clergy member, physician or professional counselor can help you through this difficult time. If you are unsure where to turn for help, or if feelings of depression or anxiety persist, call Sarasota Memorial's Bayside Center at (941) 917-7760. Our licensed mental health professionals are on call 24 hours a day to provide free assessments, referrals and advice.

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Fit 411 – Youth Fitness & Nutrition
Sarasota Memorial's dietitians & fitness professionals have created a special month-long program for youth – a series of eight 1-hour classes that not only encourages them to get off the couch and exercise, but also teaches them the safe and proper way to use fitness equipment, how to monitor and measure their activity level and how healthy foods can help boost their ability in school and sports. The program – designed for 10- to 15-year-olds, will be held monthly at the Healthplex Fitness Center, located at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., ½-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road. The next session begins Jan. 4. Cost is $99. Healthplex membership is not required. For information, call (941) 917-7981.

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Hate exercise? Try a Zumba class!
Tired of working out on the treadmill day after day? Join us for a Zumba class – an enlivening mix of Merengue, Cumbia and Salsa sounds and steps. The class will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-noon at the Healthplex Fitness Center, located at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., ½-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road, Sarasota. Class fee: $5 (free for Healthplex members). Call (941) 917-7000 for information.

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Donors ROCK!
Sarasota Memorial and the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank will host a special Donors Rock! blood drive Dec. 1-4 in the hospital’s first floor auditorium. Donors will receive a free Donors ROCK t-shirt and refreshments.

Blood Drive hours are:

Tuesday, Dec. 1 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 – 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 3 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4 – 7 a.m.-noon

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Community Health Calendar
Upcoming events, classes, support groups. Register online or call
(941) 917-7777

  • » Caregiver Connection: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Childbirth Education (free and fee-based classes); Mommies & Babies Get-Together - Every Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-1700
  • » Diabetes Education: 1st Monday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7468
  • » FREE Memory Screenings: (941) 917-7197
  • » FREE Mental Health Assessments: (941) 917-7760
  • » Living Well With Heart Failure: (941) 917-2114
  • » MS Friends of Hope: 3rd Thursday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7777
  • » Stroke Support: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7048
  • » Parkinson Support: Sarasota - every 3rd Wednesday; Venice - every 4th Thursday; North Port - every 2nd Wednesday; Manatee - every 1st Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Breast Feeding Support: Every Tuesday. Information: (941) 917-1700


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Exercise may not be able to stop a cold in its tracks, but it can greatly reduce your chances of getting a cold if you make exercise part of your daily life, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Studies have shown a 25-50 percent decrease in sick time for active people completing at least 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) most days of the week. Here are some Do’s & Don’ts:

• DO exercise if your cold is confined to your head, such as illnesses with runny noses and sore throats.

• DON’T overdo it. If you have a cold, keep exercise to a moderate-intensity level (i.e., walking). Studies have not shown any negative effects of moderate exercise for those suffering from common colds.

• DO stay in bed if your illness is “systemic” – that is, beyond just the sniffles of a regular cold. Respiratory infections, fever, swollen glands and extreme aches and pains are all good reasons to rest up instead of work out.

• DON’T jump back in too soon. If you’re recovering from a more serious bout of cold or flu, gradually ease back into training after at least two weeks of rest.


The exercise professionals at Healthplex are here to answer your health and fitness questions. We offer many options to help meet your goals, including services such as nutritional counseling, personal training and group exercise classes. To learn more, stop by for a tour, visit or call (941) 917-7000. 

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Upcoming Foundation Events

Physician Golf Tournament

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.’s Physician Golf Tournament will be May 7 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, with a 1 pm Shotgun Start and Step Aside Scramble. Proceeds support education for hospital staff. Information: (941) 917-1286 or

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SMH EPIC Fun-Raising Party
Join SMH physicians and staff for an EPIC fun-raising party Friday, May 6, at Gecko’s “Hillview.” The popular physician band Dr. FeelGood will perform 4:30-8:30 pm, and those who donate $5 at the door will enjoy a buffet of free food and appetizers provided by Gecko’s. All donations benefit the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s EPIC (Employee Partners in Caring) Campaign supporting advanced services, technology and staff education at Sarasota Memorial.

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