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Sarasota Memorial's Pet Therapy Program Brings Joy and Support to Patients
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMHCS) has had a thriving Pet Therapy program on Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit (CRU) for the past 13 years.

SMH launches new iPhone app
Residents and visitors to the Suncoast now can find a doctor, nearby walk-in center or information on a full range of hospital and outpatient services with just the touch of a button thanks to a new smart phone app introduced by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System today.

Know Your Diabetes ABCs
By managing the ABCs of diabetes, you can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness.

Sarasota Memorial CEO to Serve on Gov.-elect Scott's Transition Team
arasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie has been tapped to serve on Governor-Elect Rick Scott¹s Health and Human Services Transition Team.

Sarasota Seniors Can Get Help Preparing for Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period
The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, in partnership with the Sarasota Memorial Memory Disorder Clinic, reminds Florida Medicare beneficiaries to carefully evaluate their health care needs and seek assistance to prepare for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period.

William Woeltjen Appointed SMH Chief Financial Officer
Sarasota, FL ( Nov. 10, 2010) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is pleased to announce the appointment of William Woeltjen to the position of Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.

SMH Honors Two Outstanding Physicians, Installs New Leaders
Sarasota Memorial's medical staff recently installed its new leaders for 20010-2011 and honored two outstanding physicians for their service to the hospital and community

An Epidemic of Premature Babies...
Today more than 1,400 babies in the United States (1 in 8) will be born prematurely. Many will be too small and too sick to go home.

October is Breast Health Month
Meet SMH's Breast Health Navigator
View the ABC Action News video here
View the Herald Tribune article here

SMH to host Brain Tumor Support Group
Sarasota Memorial and the Florida Brain Tumor Association announced today the formation of a new Brain Tumor Support Group that will meet at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine

It’s Time to Get Your Flu Shot!
An estimated 25 to 50 million cases of the flu are reported each year in the United States and local health officials are working to keep the number of illnesses and hospitalizations on the Suncoast low this flu season by encouraging people to get their flu shot as soon as possible.

Florida Memory Disorder Clinics Provide Safety Net for Aging Baby Boomers
In 2011, the first Baby Boomers will turn 65 and by 2029, every Baby Boomer will be 65 or older – their mere age alone putting them at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
View a related article in Advance for Nurses here

Quilting Warmth & Comfort
Those are the sentiments passed on by the Friendship Knot Quilters' Guild of Sarasota to the chemotherapy patients at Sarasota Memorial Hospital who recently received specially designed lap quilts for their warmth and comfort to be used during treatment sessions.
View a WEDU video (Sept. 2010) that aired on A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins

Ensure your child has health insurance
With the new school year in full swing, parents are encouraged to make sure their children are well-equipped for learning by getting regular medical check-ups.

Similac Powder Infant formula Recalled
New parents with new babies in tow listened to last-minute advice at Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Celebration Going Home Brunch on Thursday.
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SMH to host “Health Care University” for Local Candidates on 9/21
Sarasota Memorial Hospital is hosting a special “Health Care University” for candidates from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Questions and Answers about Swine Flu
The World Health Organization acknowledged today that the swine flu pandemic is finally over.

Sarasota Memorial Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week August 1st – 7th, 2010
Most women have heard that breastfeeding gives babies a healthy start in life.

Medicare study: SMH outperforms most US hospitals in heart/pneumonia care
In a nationwide government study, Sarasota Memorial once again outperformed most U.S. hospitals in caring for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients.

Florida Health Alert: Dengue Fever
Worldwide the incidence of dengue infections has increased dramatically over the past several years.

SMH Wins the “Gold” for Stroke Care
Sarasota Memorial Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award.

Sarasota Memorial Names New Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Financial Officer
David Verinder, who has served as the health system’s chief financial officer since 2006, was named chief operating officer.

Florida Obstetricians Tackle Issues of Preventable Late Preterm Birth and Rising Cesarean Section Rate
Much has been published of late, in medical journals as well as in the general media, concerning the national rise in both the Cesarean section and premature birth rates. While not directly connected, the two medical concerns have many interrelated variables.

Sarasota Memorial earns national five-star rating for value to community
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was recently recognized as a top-ranked Community Value Provider by Cleverley + Associates, a leading health care consulting firm.

SMH Cardiovascular Disease Assessment Center Putting Heart Attack/Stroke Risk in Perspective
For centuries, eyes have been seen as windows to the soul. Medical research now demonstrates the eyes also offer vital clues to our risk of heart disease and stroke.

Deepwater Horizon emergency response and how you can help
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been designated the lead state agency for responding to potential impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill along Florida’s shoreline.

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Esophagus damage, cancer rising with long-term heartburn.
Early monitoring, treatment can reverse damage before it turns deadly
View the ABC7 news interview with Dr. Scott Corbett here

SMH Names 2010 Nurses & Patient Care Technicians of Excellence
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System kicked off Nurses’ Week with a presentation and celebration of its 2010 Magnet Nurse of Excellence and Patient Care/Multi-Skilled Technician of Excellence Awards.

SMH, Bayfront Unite to Target Dangerous Distracted Drivers, Enhance Network of Local Trauma Care
Sarasota Memorial Hospital and its primary trauma partner Bayfront Medical Center took steps today to caution the public about a growing cause of trauma-related injuries across the nation – Distracted Driving.
Click here for a My Fox Tampa Bay News Report
View the ABC7 news segment and video here

Stroke Rate Rising Among Younger People
Often considered a disease of the elderly, strokes are now striking adults at much younger ages.
View the Herald Tribune Video Here

SMH Honors Employee/Leader of the Year
The following employees were recognized at the April meeting of the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board

C.A.R.E. Channel and Silencing Tools Help to Create Healing Environment for Sarasota Memorial Hospital
A busy hospital and healing environment don’t often go hand in hand. But it’s a challenge that Sarasota Memorial has made a priority as it moves forward with the largest construction project on its main campus in half a century.

New Therapy for Sleep Apnea
For the past 25 years, the primary treatment for people with obstructive sleep apnea has been the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, an air pump device that continuously blows air into a hose connected to a sleeper’s face or nasal mask.
View the Fox 13 Video Here

Health officials address nation’s rising maternal death rate.
Health officials address nation’s rising maternal death rate. Sarasota Perinatologist Washington Hill, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department, discusses risk factors that can lead to maternal deaths and healthy steps mothers-to-be and healthcare providers can take to help prevent them.

Florida Surgeon Demonstrates Kidney Sparing Cancer Treatment in Live Surgical Webcast
By observing a laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation procedure live, and seeing first hand the benefits to patients, Sarasota Memorial Urologist Robert Carey, MD, hopes more surgeons will embrace less invasive cancer treatments.
View the Bradenton Herald Press Release Here

Catheter Ablation Urged for Some A-Fib Patients
Once considered benign, Atrial Fibrillation (also known as A-Fib or AF) is now considered a serious precursor to stroke – one that warrants early and aggressive treatment.

Countywide Bioterrorism Drill Tests Local Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness
Local hospitals and public health officials today tested their capacity to respond to an escalating bioterrorist attack involving deliberate and widespread salmonella poisoning in Sarasota County.
View the ABC7 Video Here

Sarasota Memorial cardiologist and medical director Edmund Bermudez, MD, shares advice to help people living with heart disease prevent a second heart attack.
Sarasota Memorial cardiologist and medical director Edmund Bermudez, MD, shares advice to help people living with heart disease prevent a second heart attack.

National Parkinson ’s forum live webcast Feb. 17 at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine
On Feb. 17, the Sarasota community will have the opportunity to participate in a national forum about education and advocacy for Parkinson Disease.

Heart Attacks More Common in Winter
You probably know from experience that winter brings a surge in colds and flu. But did you know that winter is also the season for heart attacks?

North Port Laboratory Receives Nation’s Highest Accreditation
The Sarasota Memorial ER & Healthcare Center Laboratory – located in the North Port Medical Plaza – has been awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

Sarasota Memorial ranks among top 5% of hospitals in America
Sarasota Memorial ranks among the top 5% of hospitals in America based on its unusually low mortality and complication rates, according to a study reported on today.

SMH Chief Nursing Officer to represent Florida nurses
The Florida Organization of Nurse Executives installed the new executive board for 2010 at their fall conference in Clearwater Beach.Innette Sarduy, RN, MPH, NEA-BC, is the new FONE president.

SMH First Physician Group recognized for superior performance
The national Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently named Sarasota Memorial's First Physicians Group a “better performer” because of its superior customer satisfaction and operational performance compared with similar medical group practices around the country.

Sarasota Memorial stands ready to support Haitian relief efforts
SARASOTA - Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s employees, physicians and volunteers extend their prayers and sympathy to the people of Haiti. We are prepared to do everything we can to support relief efforts.

Heart Pillows Created by Caring Hands Help with Recovery and Bring Comfort to Cardiac Patients at Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Tami Holm, a teacher of 9-12th graders at West Florida Christian School, teaches Life Management classes like cooking, carpentry, auto and bike mechanics – and one of her favorites, sewing. Her classes are designed to instill confidence and a little more independence in her students as they grow.

Every breath you take ...
Two people may have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), but one may exhibit symptoms of chronic bronchitis, while another may show symptoms of emphysema. Sarasota Memorial Hospital pulmonologist Bruce Fleegler, MD, explains ways to recognize, prevent and treat COPD in today’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Sarasota Memorial welcomes county's New Year's baby
Sarasota Memorial Hospital welcomed New Year’s baby Darius Martin Simpson into the world at 3:22 a.m. Today – and celebrated Sarasota County’s first birth in 2010.

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