City Gives OK to SMH-Venice Development Plans

City Gives OK to SMH-Venice Development Plans

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

VENICE, Fla. (June 11, 2019) – The Venice City Council today approved a zoning amendment, giving the green light for Sarasota Memorial's development plans for its new Venice hospital.

The 65-acre site at the intersection of Laurel and Pinebrook roads near I-75 had been zoned for a shopping center. With today’s vote, the City Council unanimously approved Sarasota Memorial's request to allow a hospital and related healthcare facilities to be built on the site. The decision followed two uncontested public hearings and strong support from community and city leaders. 

“This is a pivotal day for our health system and the community,” said SMH-Venice President Sharon Roush. “We are excited about the new hospital and the exceptional care it will bring to the residents of Venice and south county.”SMH Venice President Sharon Roush

The health system broke ground on the Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice campus in April and obtained permits to begin land clearing and deep foundation work. On May 7, the Planning Board approved SMH’s site and development plans pending approval of the zoning amendment.

Construction is expected to take 2 1/2 years with a total project cost of $437 million. The initial development covers 48 acres on the eastern side of the parcel and includes:

  • A five-story, 365,000-square-foot hospital, with 110 private rooms and 28-bed emergency center

  • A two-story, 60,000-square-foot medical office building

  • Related support structures and service area

  • An adjacent parking garage and surface parking lots

The hospital will offer a full range of medical and surgical care, including: Cardiology Unit/Catheterization Lab; Critical Care/Intensive Care Unit; Emergency Care; Endoscopy & other procedural areas; Gastroenterology; Labor & Delivery/Post-Partum Unit; Laboratory/Diagnostic Testing; Nephrology; Neurology/Neurosurgery; Oncology; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Imaging/Radiology; Urology and more. The SMH-Venice hospital will be hurricane hardened and have a seamless connection to SMH’s electronic medical records and information technology.

As the area's community grows, so will Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice, said Roush. The building design is flexible and expandable to support a significant increase in patient suites, from 110 to 270 beds, a 50-bed emergency center, expanded surgical suites and treatment areas, as well as additional medical office buildings on the west side of the campus. The site also includes space for a hurricane shelter, pending approval and funding from Sarasota County.  

The campus is expected to generate hundreds of jobs during construction, and more than 500 employees will work at the facility when it opens. Located about halfway between Sarasota and North Port, off I-75, the campus also will bring SMH’s extensive physician base further south, which in turn will help build the medical staff for a future hospital in North Port.

SMH hosts periodic community meetings to share updates and solicit feedback from community residents and the public. The health system also convened a neighborhood advisory council that meets regularly. For architectural renderings, building animation and more information, visit

About Sarasota Memorial 
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 1 million patient visits each year. Its flagship 839-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality award since the rating system launched in 2016.


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