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Important message from Dr Sarah Temple - Chief of Staff

SMH-Sarasota COS Newsletter – February 2024

#1 Message from Dr. Sarah Temple – SMH-Sarasota Chief of Staff

As we find ourselves right in the midst of another incredibly busy "season" here at Sarasota Memorial I want to take a minute to thank each of you for the continued care and commitment you show to your patients and to our hospital system on a daily basis. This is always a challenging time of the year for all of us and it is only through everyone's hard work, flexibility and teamwork that we are able to continue to do what we do so well. Please review the below newsletter which is full of important tidbits and let us know what you would like to see more of in the future. In addition to welcoming our new Medical Staff Services Director, Autumn Kunitz, I want to thank all of those in the Medical Staff Office who are all integral to our success as a medical staff and especially Terri Levanti who worked overtime in the past year as interim director. As always, do not hesitate to contact me with concerns, questions or suggestions.

#2 Welcome Autumn Kunitz – New Medical Staff Services Director for SMHCS

Autmun KunitzPlease join us in welcoming, Autumn Kunitz to her new role in the Sarasota Memorial Health System Medical Staff Office. Autumn most recently has provided Consulting Services through her own company providing focus on rebuilding healthcare operations, making them faster, easier and less expensive for healthcare partners to operate and overcome regulatory complexities, through single unified platforms. She possesses extensive experience as a mission-driven executive leader and advisor in the healthcare industry. Autumn is a Florida native who will be moving back to the Gulf Coast from Colorado, along with her husband and two children.


# 3 SCM Order Entry Password Change

ATTENTION: SCM no longer requires a password when placing, discontinuing, releasing, or verifying orders on a patient’s chart. This change was implemented on January 15, 2024, to help streamline the ordering process. Please ensure you are on the correct chart before submitting orders. For any questions or concerns, call the Call Center at 917-6107

# 4 Policy Updates

Please click on the link below to review the updated policies for:

# 5 Quality Newsletter

Please click on the link below to access information regarding important information from the Quality Department.

Quality Newsletter - January 2024

#6 DNV Advanced Hip & Knee Replacement Certification

Please be advised that DNV will arrive for our DNV Advanced Hip & Knee Replacement Recertification in March (Venice campus) and April (Sarasota Campus). In preparation for survey, all participating providers and APPs will be assigned the required eight (8) hours of education. In an effort to simplify these requirements, our team built a curriculum in HealthStream E-Learning free of charge to providers. The new assigned curriculum is entitled SMHCS 2024 Annual Hip & Knee Education for Orthopedic Surgeons and APPs. We request completion by February 15th, 2024, in preparation for survey. Thank you for your continued support and the exceptional care you provide to our patients.

#7 How to obtain approval for Student Clinical Rotations and Observers at SMHCS

Please click on the link below for information on how to obtain approval for Student Clinical Rotations, as well as Observers to shadow a Physician or Advanced Practice Professional.

Instructions for Observer and Clinical Rotation
Student Observers

#8 New Safety Event Reporting System (VigiLanz)

Please click below to access information regarding the tip sheet that will walk you through the steps for reporting safety events.

VigiLanz Reporter Patient Safety Event Tips Sheet

# 9 Accessing Continuing Medical Education in Health Stream

Please click on the link below the to see instructions on how to access continuing medical education in HealthStream.

Instructions to Access Continuing Education in Healthstream

# 10 Cardiac Lecture Series

Please share the upcoming Cardiac Care Lectures with your patients. Click on the link below to access the flyer with information on topics, date and time.

SMH-Sarasota Cardiac Lecture Flyer

#11 BLS Training Available from SMHCS Education Department

Employed physicians can complete the BLS payroll deduction form (attachment below) and email to or to have the Heartcode course assigned to them in Healthstream.

Non-Employed physicians can complete the Heartcode course via the American Heart Association by clicking here.

Once the Heartcode course is completed, the physician can bring the certificate to one of the BLS skills sign off Sessions (Schedule attached) or coordinate with the Education Department.

If there is a group need, this can also be coordinated thru the Education Department: 941-917-2281.

BLS Healthstream Assignment Payroll Deducation Authorization

2024 Sarasota and Venice BLS CPR Skills Renewal Schedule

#12 Constant Observation Nurse Driven Protocol

Please review the Constant Observation Nurse Driven Protocol.

Thank you,
Sarah Temple, MD
Chief of Staff