SMH Breaking Ground on New Radiation Oncology Center

SMH Breaking Ground on New Radiation Oncology Center

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2019) – Sarasota Memorial’s comprehensive Cancer Institute is evolving, with premier facilities being built this year to house services across the entire continuum of cancer care — from prevention, screening and diagnosis to treatment, clinical trials, and lifetime follow-up, survivorship care and support. 

What: Join SMH CEO David Verinder, Chief Operating Officer Lorrie Liang, Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica, MD, and SMH Cancer Institute Director Kelly Batista for a brief presentation to learn how SMH is addressing the rising number of people being diagnosed with cancer in Sarasota and the surrounding region. Afterward, SMH officials will join others in the cancer care community to break ground on SMH’s first radiation oncology center, which will offer the most advanced radiation therapy and treatment technology in our community to target and treat individual cancers when it opens in the summer of 2020.  

When: 10-11 am Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 

Where: Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at University Parkway, 5350 University Parkway (southeast corner University Parkway & Honore Ave). 

About Sarasota Memorial’s Radiation Oncology Center

Sarasota Memorial’s $27 million, 17,000-square-foot Radiation Oncology Center will include:

  • Two state-of-the-art linear accelerators for external beam radiation, designed to destroy cancer cells while leaving normal cells intact;
  • A CT simulator to define the location, shape, and size of treatment area;
  • Integrative care services to support a holistic approach to patient care;
  • Radiation oncology physician offices;
  • Serenity Patio to promote healing and enhance the patient experience.


The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board approved $220 million last year to develop a comprehensive cancer program to care for a growing number of cancer patients in southwest Florida. The new radiation oncology center at University Parkway/Honor is part of Sarasota Memorial’s comprehensive Cancer Institute, which is slated to begin construction soon on the main hospital campus. When complete, the Institute will be a center of excellence that concentrates a widening range of fellowship-trained oncology specialists and subspecialists in the Suncoast region and offers individual patients a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to diagnose and treat their unique cancer.  

Flad Architects’ Tampa-based team designed the radiation oncology center and Gainesville, Florida-based Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) partnered with Sarasota-based Willis Smith Construction to build the treatment center.  

Click here to watch an animated sneak-peek video of the Radiation Oncology Center.

For questions about Sarasota Memorial’s Cancer Institute, call 941-917-1981.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 
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 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 rating since the evaluation system launched in 2016. Learn more at


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