Board OKs Funding for New SMH Behavioral Health Pavilion

Tuesday, August 18, 2020


SARASOTA, Fla. –  The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board on Monday approved a $65 million plan to replace Sarasota Memorial's aging behavioral health hospital with a new, state-of-the-art pavilion that centralizes and enhances care to people affected by mental and behavioral health challenges.

Slated to begin design this year, preliminary plans call for the new 82-bed, 95,000-square-foot Behavioral Health Pavilion to be built on the northwest corner of the hospital’s main campus, at the corner of Osprey Avenue and Hawthorne Street. The pavilion will be built across the street from the 1970-era Bayside Center for Behavioral Health it is slated to replace. Bayside Center administrative offices located across the street on the east side of Osprey will be demolished. There will be no disruption for patients receiving care in the existing Bayside Center or the outpatient programs.

Behavioral Health Pavilion Site PlanAs proposed, the new pavilion will include four dedicated inpatient units: an 18-bed geriatric unit, 20-bed acute care unit, 22-bed adult unit and a 22-bed child and adolescent unit. The new facility will offer all private rooms, as well as sensory rooms, designed to promote healing and meet the unique needs of different patient populations. A separate outpatient area in the pavilion will centralize the hospital’s existing partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and outpatient counseling services into one location. The pavilion also will have clinical and support space for pharmacy, laboratory, food and nutrition, public safety, housekeeping and administrative services.  

The new facility will be a major step forward in developing a comprehensive approach to addressing the behavioral health needs of individuals and their families in our community, according to Terry Cassidy, executive director for Sarasota Memorial Behavioral Health Services. 

“Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans every year. Many in our community are struggling daily due to conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD. These are often treatable conditions, and with the right services, most people can recover and lead fulfilling lives,” Cassidy says. “Offering a full spectrum of services in one location allows for coordinated care and better outcomes for all our patients and our community.”

SMH will continue to work with and provide updates to the neighborhoods as plans develop. Construction is slated to be complete by October 2023.
About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial is a regional medical center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 1 million patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 839-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing and rehabilitation.