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SMH Recognized for Encouraging Bicycle Fitness & Bike-Friendly Workplace

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May/23/2011

SARASOTA (May 19, 2011) – Sarasota Memorial held a special ceremony May 18 – during Bike-to-Work Week – to recognize the efforts of the health system’s “Green Team” in creating a bicycle friendly environment for staff and community members. During the ceremony, Sarasota Memorial was recognized for being among 55 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses receiving awards at this year’s National Bike Summit, hosted each year by the League of American Bicyclists.

Efforts to welcome and support bicycling can be as simple as offering secure bike parking or organized rides to get folks together on bikes. Among other things, Sarasota Memorial was recognized for installing additional bike racks and shower facilities and providing reimbursement for registered “bike commuters” who need an emergency ride home.

In addition, for the past seven years, Sarasota Memorial’s Bike Team has participated in the MS Citrus Tour to raise support for and help people living with Multiple Sclerosis. This year’s ride raised about $15,000. Each participant rides either 50, 75 or 100 miles from Lake Wales to Orlando on a Saturday, and return on Sunday riding either 50 or 75 miles back to Lake Wales.

In recognition of those efforts, the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) Program has awarded a Bronze designation to Sarasota Memorial – one of only three businesses in Florida to earn the honor. The director of the Florida Bicycle Association presented the Bicycle Friendly Business award to staff during the ceremony.

About Sarasota Memorial:
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 700,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, safest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care walk-in clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation. For information, visit: www.smh.com.

About the League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information, visit www.bikeleague.org.

Media Contact: Kim Savage, (941) 917-6271

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