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Dec/09/2009
Sarasota Memorial Rated Among Best in Nation for Heart Attack, Heart Failure & Pneumonian
In a nationwide government study, Sarasota Memorial outperformed most U.S. hospitals in caring for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients.

Dec/03/2009
Health Leaders Unite Over Clean Hands Proclamation
As Peak Flu Season Looms, Region’s Health Leaders Unite in Signing Clean Hands Proclamation

Dec/03/2009
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.

Nov/25/2009
Sarasota Memorial Marks 50 Millionth Milestone
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recently entered its 50 millionth order into its electronic health record (EHR) system. The notable physician order was entered by emergency medicine specialist Bill Colgate, MD.

Nov/10/2009
SMH-Walgreens offers bedside delivery of patients’ prescription medications
Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Walgreens Pharmacy have teamed up to provide a service that eases the transition from hospital to home: bedside delivery of their prescription medications.

Nov/09/2009
Kenneth Hurwitz, MD: Recipient of SMH 2009 Physician of the Year Award
Local pulmonologist and critical care specialist Kenneth Hurwitz, MD, was named “2009 Physician of the Year” by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s medical staff at their annual medical staff meeting Oct. 27.

Nov/09/2009
Bernard Feinberg, MD: Recipient of SMH 2009 SMH Physician Lifetime Achievement Award
Sarasota Memorial’s Medical Staff recently bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award on a local physician for contributions he has made to the hospital and community.

Nov/04/2009
Sarasota Memorial “Home Care” Rated Among Best in Nation
Sarasota Memorial Hospital and its nurses have long been recognized among the best in the nation. But few may be aware of the highly skilled team of home care nurses, therapists and aides who work outside the hospital setting.

Nov/02/2009
SMH tightens visitation policy to help protect most vulnerable patients from H1N1 virus.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital tightened its visitors’ policy Monday in an attempt to protect its most vulnerable patients from the H1N1 (swine) flu.

Nov/02/2009
H1N1 Can Be a Devastating Disease.
As H1N1 continues to affect people in our community and across the nation, it’s disheartening to read about healthy people becoming gravely ill and dying from the flu.

Nov/02/2009
Aetna-SMH contract expanded to include Medicare Advantage Members.
Aetna (NYSE: ?ET) announced today that it has expanded its relationship with Sarasota Memorial Hospital by reaching agreement on a long-term contract that will provide access for Aetna’s Medicare Advantage members. This agreement marks the first time Sarasota Memorial has agreed to participate in a Medicare Advantage network plan.

Nov/02/2009
Need relief from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis? Attend a free information session.
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 and orthopedic surgeons for a series of free and informative presentations.

Nov/02/2009
Home Care Health Fair.
Sarasota Memorial Home Care will host a free Health Fair at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., (1/2-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road), on Nov. 19, 10 am-2 pm, with free blood pressure checks, pulse oximetry monitoring, chair massages and more. Call 917-7777 for information.

Oct/30/2009
Sarasota Memorial Once Again Named Consumers' Preferred Hospital
For the 12th consecutive year, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was named the Consumer Choice Award winner for the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice metropolitan area by the National Research Corporation.

Oct/20/2009
Sarasota Memorial Leverages Social Media Marketing
Healthcare thrives on word-of-mouth advertising. Online social networking puts it on steroids, says Peter Taylor, marketing director for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

Oct/13/2009
SMH Collaborates with Sarasota based Voalté to introduce an innovative iPhone application.
Trey Lauderdale, Vice President of Innovation for Voalté (pronounced volt), announced a newly established collaboration agreement with Sarasota Memorial Hospital that brings cutting edge communication technology to nurses and other point-of-care workers.
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Oct/08/2009
Early Detection, Best Protection.
Just as digital cameras have revolutionized the way we take and view photos, digital mammography is making it possible for physicians to detect breast cancer in its earliest form, and in greater detail than ever possible with film mammography.

Sep/21/2009
Look out germs, "Clean Hands" are coming.
From doorknobs to money to food, harmful germs can live almost anywhere. The need for hand washing in the region is critical, according to hospitals and local health officials.

Sep/11/2009
Region's leading robotic surgeons head to Port Charlotte Town Center Mall.
Sarasota Memorial surgeons will present “The Robotic Surgery Revolution!,” a free community presentation demonstrating the extraordinary capabilities of Intuitive Surgical ‘s da Vinci-S surgical robots and the ever expanding specialties and conditions that can be treated with this minimally invasive technology.

Aug/21/2009
Sarasota Memorial Set to Open Freestanding ER and Health Care Center in North Port.
Sarasota Memorial is scheduled to open its long-awaited freestanding Emergency Room and Health Care Center in North Port on Sept. 1.

Aug/12/2009
Sarasota Memorial was named a “Best Practice” Social Hospital in an independent analysis of how hospitals are using Social Media to engage patients
Sarasota Memorial was named a “Best Practice” Social Hospital in an independent analysis of how hospitals are using Social Media to engage patients, cultivate open communications and enhance customer satisfaction. Click here to review the independent analysis and findings.

Aug/05/2009
Sarasota Memorial recruits nationally recognized heart surgeon to expand robotic surgery program.
Atiq Rehman, MD, FACS, a nationally recognized cardiovascular surgeon specializing in robotic and minimally invasive heart surgery, valvular repairs and coronary artery bypass surgery, has joined the medical staff of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.
Click here for a Sarasota Herald-Tribune news report

Jul/29/2009
Get screened at Sarasota Memorial's Health & Rehabilitation Fair September 23.
National Rehabilitation Awareness Week is September 20-26, and Sarasota Memorial’s rehabilitation professionals, in conjunction with our skilled nursing center and home health teams will be sponsoring a health fair and open house at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., ½-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road, Sarasota.

Jul/16/2009
U.S. News & World Report: Sarasota Memorial named among America's "Best Hospital's" - 6th year in a row.
For the sixth consecutive year, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has been ranked among the nation’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. It remains the only hospital in Southwest Florida consistently recognized on U.S.News’ annual “Best Hospitals” list.

Jul/14/2009
Robotic surgery: One of the most effective treatments for prostate cancer. Learn more from Sarasota’s only fellowship-trained robotic surgeon, Robert Carey, MD.
Sarasota Memorial offers the most advanced robotic surgery technology in the world – the da Vinci-S Surgical System – for patients with prostate cancer. The da Vinci’s minimally invasive approach is ideal for delicate urologic surgeries like prostatectomies, where the target site is not only confined, but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Jun/03/2009
Sarasota Memorial expands important outpatient specialty clinic to help people taking blood thinners
Sarasota Memorial has expanded an important outpatient specialty clinic to help patients safely manage their anticoagulation medications, including Coumadin, Jantoven, warfarin and low molecular weight heparin.

Jun/02/2009
June 1 marks the start of National CPR & AED Awareness Week — join hundreds of others getting trained in this life-saving skill
The first week in June is National CPR/AED Awareness Month, a time the nation set aside to highlight the importance of knowing CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Each year approximately 300,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

Apr/27/2009
SMH Nurses Named Best in Recruitment & Retention
ADVANCE for Nurses Announces 2009 Best Nursing Teams SMH Named Best in Recruitment & Retention

Apr/14/2009
Sarasota Memorial to get extensive renovations and upgrades
SARASOTA - Sarasota Memorial Hospital is going ahead with its own economic stimulus project: a $186 million renovation that will make future hospital visits a lot easier for patients and their caregivers and help create some much-needed jobs, too.

Mar/30/2009
New Technology Detects Hard to Reach Lung Cancer Sooner, Safer
People with hard to reach lung lesions may be able to receive a diagnosis sooner and safer with advanced navigation technology now available at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Mar/30/2009
New Technology Detects Hard to Reach Lung Cancer Sooner, Safer
SARASOTA (March 30, 2009) – People with hard to reach lung lesions may be able to receive a diagnosis sooner and safer with advanced navigation technology now available at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Mar/25/2009
Sarasota Memorial named one of nation's top-ranked hospitals, says study reported in AARP The Magazine
Sarasota Memorial was rated among the top hospitals in the nation, according to a Consumers' Checkbook survey reported in the May/June 2009 issue of AARP The Magazine.

Mar/19/2009
Ten ways to save on prescription drugs
Ten ways to save on prescription drugs

Mar/16/2009
Sarasota County Public Hospital Board Names Richard Donegan to Seat 2
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board has appointed Richard O. Donegan to fill the board's vacant At-Large Seat 2.

Feb/26/2009
SMH recruits two female physicians – Sarasota grads – back home to help counter primary care physician shortage
Locally and nationally, women make up about a third of the physician workforce. But that is changing as today's medical students become tomorrow's doctors. Women make up roughly half the class in U.S. medical schools today.

Feb/18/2009
Born Too Soon: Nothing could have prepared us for the anguish—and the joy—of our premature son’s battle for life.
Born Too Soon: Nothing could have prepared us for the anguish—and the joy—of our premature son’s battle for life.

Feb/16/2009
Man Thanks 59 Donors Who Saved His Life
Bob Cowles Needed a Staggering 69 Units of Blood After Torn Aorta Last Year

Feb/11/2009
Sarasota Memorial Provides Free In-Home Assessments to Local Families Caring for Seniors with Memory Problems
Grant Provides Free In-Home Assessments to Sarasota Families Caring for Seniors with Memory Problems

Jan/29/2009
Sarasota Memorial Listed Among America's Safest Hospitals
For the second year in a row, Sarasota Memorial is listed among "America's Safest Hospitals" – the only hospital in the Sarasota-Manatee area recognized in the national report published on Forbes.com, the website of the nation's leading business magazine.

Jan/28/2009
SMH Ranks In Nation's Top 100 Hospitals to Work For
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has been named among the nation's Top 100 Hospitals to Work For in 2009 in Nursing Professionals magazine.

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