January 2010


New Year's Rx for Weight Loss
If you’ve vowed to lose weight as your New Year’s resolution this year, you’re not alone. Year after year, it’s one of the most popular – and hardest – resolutions to maintain.  Sarasota Memorial offers a number of programs – from healthy cooking and exercise classes to medically supervised weight loss programs and weight loss surgery – to suit diverse schedules, budgets and needs. Call (941) 917-7777 to find a plan that's right for you.

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Sunshine from Darkness
Free mental health research symposium, "Journey to Wellness: Lifelong Recovery from Mental Illness," 9 am-1pm Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Featured speakers include: Hollywood producer of the movie "The Soloist" Gary Foster, Thomas Insel, MD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Tyrone Cannon, PhD, of UCLA. CEUs are available for Physicians, Pharmacists (no fee for FSHP members), Nurses, LCSWs, LMHCs and LMFTs for $20. Doors open and CEU registration begins at 8 am. Community information tables will be on display 8 am-1 pm. For information or to register, call (941) 917-7777.

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Advances in the Treatment of Parkinson Disease
Join us for a free community event featuring physicians and health care providers discussing the latest treatment and research for Parkinson Disease. The program will take place 10 am-noon (registration & refreshments starting at 8:30 am) Saturday, Jan. 23, at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., ½ mile west of I-75 off Clark Road, Sarasota. Convenient parking & drop off. Parking lot shuttle and patient escorts available. Fee: $20/person (scholarships available). Call (941) 917-7777 for information.

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Winter Warnings
Winter brings not only colder weather, but also a number of health hazards to our homes – fires from unattended space heaters and fireplaces, increased exposure to poisonous carbon monoxide gas and a number of cold and flu viruses, to name just a few. Should an emergency happen, Sarasota Memorial’s Emergency Care Centers in Sarasota and North Port stand ready 24/7, offering the greatest depth and breadth of specialty care in the region. For urgent but less serious conditions, including fractures and minor burns, Sarasota Memorial’s two urgent care Walk-In Medical Centers are open extended evening and weekend hours. Most insurance plans are accepted and discounts are available for self-pay patients. For information, call (941) 917-1234 (University Parkway near U.S. 301) or (941) 917-5678 (U.S. 41 near Stickney Point Road & Gulf Gate).

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Many Dimensions of Loss & Making the Transition to Palliative Care
Join Sarasota Memorial clinicians and internationally recognized author Ken Doka for a free community education event on loss, grief, bereavement and end-of-life decisions. Continuing education credits are available (see below). Both sessions will be held in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to presentation. RSVP: (941) 917-1779.
 
• Thursday, Jan. 28, 8:30-11:30 am
   Dimensions of Loss (3 CEUs $15)

• Friday, Jan. 29, 8-9 am
  Palliative Care (1 CEU $5)

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Cardiovascular Symposium
If you are a health care provider or concerned about a personal or family history of heart disease, don't miss this free educational presentation that explores advances in early detection, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The annual symposium offers a full day continuing education event for physicians and qualified health care providers (8 am-5 pm), and a half-day presentation (2-5 pm) for the public, on Saturday, Feb. 6, in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. For information or to RSVP, call (941) 366-9800.

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