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Dec/27/2012
Study Reveals Gender Gap in Spotting Depression
People are more likely to be able to identify symptoms of depression in women than men, according to a study that looked at how gender influences public perceptions of people with depression.

Dec/18/2012
Flu Season Arrives Early and It Could Be Severe: CDC
The 2012-2013 flu season is off to an early start, and U.S. health officials warn that it could be a bad one.

Dec/17/2012
SMH Approves BayCare Alliance
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted today to enter into a 5-year strategic alliance with the not-for-profit BayCare Health System.

Dec/11/2012
New Video Demonstrates Skin Cancer Self-Exam
A new video that instructs people how to do a self-examination for skin cancer has been released by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dec/07/2012
SMH Appoints Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery
SMHCS is pleased to announce the appointment of cardiothoracic surgeon Jeffrey Sell, MD, as its new Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery. He will relocate to Sarasota from Maryland in February and assume the leadership position in March.

Dec/06/2012
More Research Points to Long-Term Ills With Bone Drugs
Adding more weight to concerns about possible long-term dangers of osteoporosis drugs, a new study finds that people who take the drugs, known as bisphosphonates, may be at increased risk for atypical fractures of the thigh bone (femur).

Nov/29/2012
High Blood Pressure Often Missed in Young Adults: Study
Younger adults with high blood pressure are less likely than older adults with elevated blood pressure (hypertension) to be diagnosed during doctor visits, a new study says.

Nov/26/2012
Sarasota Memorial Home Care Rated Among Best in Nation
Sarasota Memorial Home Care service has been listed among one of the nation's top agencies in the 2012 HomeCare Elite

Nov/26/2012
Belly Fat May Hurt Your Heart the Hardest
People who have a normal weight but have excess belly fat may have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than even obese individuals, researchers report.

Nov/19/2012
Active, Outdoor Teens Are Happier Teens - Study
Teens who engaged in more moderate-to-vigorous outdoor activity reported better health and social functioning than their peers who spent hours in front of television and computer screens, a new study in Australia has found.

Nov/15/2012
Arts and Health Partnership
Neuro Challenge Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce a partnership with Key Chorale and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota with the support of the Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine (IFAM)

Nov/13/2012
Don't Turn to Holiday Food as a Way to Deal With Stress: Expert
People dealing with stress during the holidays who turn to food for comfort could be setting themselves up for weight gain in the New Year, an expert warns.

Nov/12/2012
SMH Nurse Accepted Into Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy
National Appointment Triggers Innovations in Geriatric Care

Nov/09/2012
Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Ringling College Partner to Open New On-Campus Student Health Center
Ringling College of Art and Design and Sarasota Memorial Hospital today announced the opening of a new on-campus Student Health Center

Nov/08/2012
New 'Personalized' Drugs Show Promise Against Melanoma, Lung Cancer
There's more encouraging news from the brave new world of "personalized" cancer care, with three drugs showing promise against some of the most common cancers.

Nov/08/2012
SMH Wins Region's Consumer Choice Award for 15th Year in a Row
For the 15th consecutive year, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was named the first choice for health care in the region, earning a Consumer Choice Award for the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice metropolitan area

Nov/05/2012
When Paramedics Suspect Stroke, They're Usually Right
When paramedics say a patient's symptoms indicate a stroke, they are usually right, a new study suggests.

Nov/01/2012
SMH selected as study site for WARFARIN Personalized Medicine Trial
The first major personalized medicine study authorized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Oct/31/2012
Medicare Sends Warning Letters
In a week or two, seniors enrolled in certain Medicare health plans and drug plans will get a letter from the federal government.

Oct/30/2012
SMH Installs New Physician Leaders
Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff recently installed its new leaders for 2012–2013

Oct/30/2012
SMH Announces Recipients of 2012 Physician of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Awards
Sarasota Memorial’s Medical Executive Committee honored two outstanding physicians for their service to the hospital and community.

Oct/29/2012
The Power of 3… Robots
Next Generation da Vinci Surgical Robot Arrives Today

Oct/23/2012
Sarasota Memorial Listed Among “America’s 100 Best Hospitals™” for Stroke Care, Awarded Five-Star Rankings in Heart, Stroke, Spine Surgery and more than a dozen
SMH awarded Five-Star Rankings in Heart, Stroke, Spine Surgery and more than a dozen other specialties

Oct/23/2012
Healthy Lungs May Keep Brain Running Smoothly
Good lung health may help you maintain your brain's processing speed and problem-solving abilities as you age, according to a new study.

Oct/22/2012
Respiratory Care Week Celebration - October 21-27, 2012
Help us to celebrate Respiratory Care Week by recognizing a Respiratory Therapist

Oct/19/2012
FDA Safety Recall
As federal regulators continue to investigate the outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid methylprednisolone injections, we’d like to reassure our patients that they are NOT at risk from steroid injections used at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and our Pain Care Centers.

Oct/18/2012
Exercise May Boost Breast Cancer Patients' Quality of Life
Exercise can help improve breast cancer patients' quality of life while they undergo treatment, a new study indicates.

Oct/11/2012
American Case Management Association to Celebrate National Case Management Week Oct. 14-20
The American Case Management Association (ACMA) will celebrate National Case Management Week Oct. 14-20.

Oct/07/2012
Florida Department Of Health Meningitis Outbreak Alert
Florida Department Of Health Identifies Facilities That Received Contaminated Pain Medication -DOH and DBPR working with eight facilities in Florida

Sep/12/2012
SMH Expands University Parkway Health Care Center
Sarasota Memorial now offers a new urgent care center at its existing outpatient medical campus at University Parkway near Honore Avenue.

Sep/10/2012
Sarasota Memorial Earns National Honor for Women’s Services
Sarasota Memorial Hospital the only provider in the Southwest Florida region to earn a spot on the Becker's Hospital Review honor roll.

Aug/22/2012
Wellness Walks/Talks
A FREE, 10-week wellness journey for walkers of all abilities, Sept. 6-Nov. 8, at Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare. Also enjoy special Wellness Walk Talks throughout the month.

Aug/16/2012
Sarasota Memorial welcomes new Family Physician
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomes Nadia Hanna, MD into its First Physician Group (FPG) network

Aug/15/2012
SMH Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency
Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in Southwest Florida to earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification.

Aug/08/2012
Parkinson Event Focuses on Latest Research, Treatment and Dance.
It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million people in the United States have PD. In Southwest Florida, it is projected that approximately 9,000 people have PD and another 5-10,000 are directly affected as professional or family caregivers.

Aug/01/2012
SMH Rebrands, Assumes Management of HealthFit
Sarasota Memorial officially begins managing the day-to-day operations of HealthFit (formerly named Healthplex), completing a 5-year transition from Healthplex Associates.

Jul/27/2012
SMH Listed Among Nation’s Top Two Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia care
Sarasota Memorial Hospital was one of just two hospitals – out of more than 4,000 nationwide – singled out for demonstrating the lowest (best) readmission rates in the nation for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients.

Jul/17/2012
SMH ranks among 50 "Best Hospitals" for GYN Services, #1 in Region for Overall Quality & Care
U.S. News & World Report Announces 2012 "Best Hospitals" Rankings

Jul/16/2012
At SMH, germ warfare evolves into “park management”
When it comes to fighting germs, standard therapy used to entail all-out germ warfare. That’s no longer the case at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where infectious disease specialists are adopting a less destructive “park management” approach

Jun/19/2012
Sarasota Memorial Ranks Among Nation’s Top 5% of Hospitals for Women’s Health and Maternity Care – 10 years in a row
HealthGrades study: If all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Sarasota Memorial, about 39,450 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 19,062 could have potentially avoided a major in-hospital complication

Jun/12/2012
New Valve Clinic Helps Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis
With people living longer, more are becoming susceptible to severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart valves), but many patients – because of age or other health issues – cannot tolerate open heart surgery to treat it.

May/24/2012
CELEBRATE BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH - LEARN ABOUT EFFECTIVE SPEECH THERAPY FOR PARKINSON DISEASE AND NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS!
May is national Better Hearing and Speech Month - a time to raise public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the various forms of communication impairments that affect 14 million Americans - and local speech-language pathologists are excited to talk about how targeted speech therapy can improve the lives of patients with Parkinson disease (PD) and other neurological conditions.

May/22/2012
Sarasota Memorial Named Among Top 5% for Patient Safety
HealthGrades study: If all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Sarasota Memorial, about 254,000 patient safety events and 56,367 Medicare deaths could have been avoided from 2008-2010

May/14/2012
Sarasota Memorial Auxiliary awards scholarships to high-schoolers
Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary volunteer organization recently awarded college scholarships to six outstanding high school students who plan to pursue careers in health care. The G. Duncan Finlay Health Careers Scholarships, named after former Sarasota Memorial CEO G. Duncan Finlay, MD, will contribute $10,000 to each student over four years.

May/11/2012
Nurses Week - Sarasota Honorees
National Nurses Week culminates tomorrow, May 12, on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Attached is a photo of nurses and patient care technologists honored during the week at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

May/07/2012
Sarasota Memorial Celebrates its 1,200 Nurses
National Nurses Week is May 6-12, 2012, culminating on Florence Nightingale’s birthday

May/04/2012
Seau death spotlights concussion link to depression
Football fans were shocked this week when news came that Junior Seau, 43-year-old former Pro Bowl linebacker, had died of a suspected suicide on Wednesday morning.
View an ABC7 news segment on the link between depression and concussion here:

Apr/27/2012
Media Alert: Sarasota Memorial, Sarasota County Fire Department and City of Sarasota Police Department to Conduct Training Drill Friday, April 27
The Sarasota County Fire Department’s Special Operations Team, Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) and Sarasota Police Department will conduct a training drill to test the organizations’ response to a simulated bomb threat and explosion on Friday, April 27,
View the ABC video here

Apr/23/2012
Robotic Cancer Surgery Comes to Classroom
Students “prep” for cutting edge fieldtrip into the operating room
Sarasota Herald-Tribune article
ABC 7 video & article

Apr/18/2012
Sarasota Memorial Harnesses Florida’s Sunshine
Solar panels latest energy saving project in health system’s ongoing effort to promote an environmentally friendly and green workplace
View the ABC video here

Apr/16/2012
Sarasota Memorial Named Among Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals
The public hospital is one of only 15 independent institutions to make the list, and one of 12 to earn Thomson’s Everest Award for best and fastest long-term improvement

Mar/29/2012
SMH-Columbia Medical Center Collaborate to Provide Leading Edge Heart Care
Affiliation between Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Columbia University Medical Center’s Division of Cardiac Surgery to provide local patients greater access to the latest innovations and treatment options in cardiac care.
Click here to read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article

Mar/20/2012
Sarasota Memorial Named One of HealthGrades' Elite "America’s 50 Best Hospitals"
HealthGrades study: If all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Sarasota Memorial, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 2000 and 2010
Click here to read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Watch the SNN6 video here:

Mar/01/2012
SMH Delivers a Dozen Leaplings
A dozen leaplings made their world debut yesterday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital — February 29 — a date which only comes once every four years.
Click here to view Herald Tribune article

Feb/28/2012
SMH Earns Advanced Certifications in Stroke, Heart Failure Care
Sarasota Memorial once again has demonstrated its superiority in treating two life-threatening conditions that affect millions of people each year, earning special Joint Commission certification for its congestive heart failure program and advanced re-certification for stroke care.

Feb/08/2012
Hospital Compare: SMH rates better at preventing infections
The federal government’s Hospital Compare website added an important new quality measure to help prospective patients compare hospital performance – the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections — preventable infections that can lead to serious complications following a hospital procedure or stay.
Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune story here.

Feb/02/2012
SMH Offers New Test to Help Doctors Identify, Treat Early Stage Parkinson Patients
The new technology is the first and only FDA-approved test that helps differentiate Parkinson from Essential Tremor Syndromes

Jan/31/2012
Experimental Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Offers Hope for Local Cancer Patients
SMH first site in world approved to begin enrolling patients in international clinical trial
Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article here.

Jan/30/2012
Providers Collaborating to Streamline Sarasota’s Health Care Safety Net For Uninsured and Underinsured
The Patterson Foundation is funding a consulting team that will develop a plan to preserve and provide for the long-term sustainability of Sarasota County’s health care safety net. The foundation offered its support after learning about an existing collaboration among Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Senior Friendship Centers and the Sarasota County Health Department to explore this community issue.

Jan/30/2012
Sarasota Memorial Hospital Ranks Among Top 5% in Nation
Sarasota Memorial Hospital announced today that HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization has named it a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™. This prestigious distinction places Sarasota Memorial Hospital among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.

Jan/24/2012
Let’s Get Behind Healthy Start Coalition’s “Save My Life” Program
Safe motherhood is more than just two words. It is a goal for every provider who cares for women and children in Sarasota. It is a desire of every pregnant woman or would be pregnant woman as well. There are many proponents of safe motherhood, but Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County has a long history of providing the means to this end of safe motherhood.

Jan/13/2012
NATION’S LARGEST PARKINSON SYMPOSIUM COMING TO SARASOTA
The nation’s largest Parkinson Disease symposium is again coming to Sarasota on Feb. 4, 2012. The event is open to patients, caregivers and physicians, and features physician lecturers from around the world. Almost a thousand people are expected to attend.

Jan/12/2012
Adults age 50 and older urged to get shingles vaccine
Health officials are urging adults age 50 and older to get vaccinated against shingles. Caused by the same virus associated with chickenpox, shingles is more common and serious in older adults.

Jan/03/2012
SMH Dietitians Share 5 Realistic Resolutions for a Healthy 2012
Improving health and fitness are among the top 5 New Year’ resolutions Americans make each year. But too often we set goals too high and fail to set ourselves up for success!

Jan/02/2012
SMH Welcomes Sarasota’s First New Year’s Baby
Sarasota Memorial Hospital welcomed New Year’s baby Gabriel Barnes into the world at 12:07 am today – Sarasota’s first birth in 2012. Gabriel was one of more than four babies whose mothers began laboring at SMH on New Year’s Eve. "We weren't aiming for it, but it’s pretty cool," Gabriel's mom Robyn Barnes said. She and husband Robert are from North Port and have three other children.

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