SARASOTA, Fla. (May 7, 2019) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is celebrating Nurses Week 2019 with a daylong slate of activities on Wednesday, recognizing the care and commitment of its more than 2,000 nurses and 600-plus patient care and multi-skilled technologists who support nursing care.
National Nurses Week is a time that hospitals, healthcare professionals and communities recognize the contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
“Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in the world, and we can’t thank them enough for the vital roles they play,” said Sarasota Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Connie Andersen. “Whether in our hospital or one of our outpatient settings, our patients benefit from their exceptional skill and care.”
SMH’s Nurses Week festivities will include a special breakfast for nurses, followed by a presentation of nursing excellence awards to clinicians and nursing leaders who epitomize the values that have made Sarasota Memorial a “Magnet Hospital” for nurses. In the afternoon, the hospital will continue its longstanding “Blessing of the Hands” tradition, when hospital chaplains anoint nurses’ hands with oil and bless them as instruments of healing.
SMH is the region’s only Magnet Hospital — the nation’s highest nursing honor. This past year, SMH nurses achieved Magnet re-designation for a record fourth consecutive time. Each four-year designation requires passing more rigorous surveys and achieving higher quality standards than the previous time. SMH has received continuous Magnet designation since 2003, an achievement earned by less than 1% of the nation’s hospitals.
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 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 839-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s 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.