SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2018) – Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff honored two physicians for outstanding service to the hospital and the community and installed its new leaders for 2018-2019.
Sarasota Nephrologist Domenick E. Cover, MD, was awarded the health system’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, while Emergency Medicine Specialist Reuben Holland, MD, was named 2018 Physician of the Year. Both were selected by a committee of physician leaders and recognized at Sarasota Memorial’s annual medical staff meeting on Oct. 23.
Dr. Cover was honored for his commitment to his patients and the community he has served for more than 30 years. Dr. Cover is widely regarded as a scholar, patient advocate and leading nephrologist who has worked behind-the-scenes for three decades on local programs and protocols that improved patient care. Among other meaningful contributions, he was instrumental in developing dialysis services in the community and beginning the continuous dialysis program at SMH. He worked extensively with nursing and pharmacy to develop the protocols still in use today.
In recognizing Dr. Cover with the Lifetime Achievement Award, colleagues praised his diligence and dedication to promoting quality care. Over the years, Dr. Cover served as a mentor and teacher, both as a preceptor for nursing, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students and instructor for newly graduated physicians completing specialty residency training at SMH.
Last week, the medical staff also honored Dr. Holland as 2018 Physician of the Year. Describing him as a physician who defines “grace under fire,” colleagues praised Dr. Holland’s leadership as he chaired some of the hospital’s busiest and most challenging medical committees – while also serving as medical director of SMH’s Emergency and Urgent Care Centers since 2011.
In addition to his busy emergency medicine practice, Dr. Holland also served as past chief of staff, and continues to provide valued guidance on multiple SMH leadership committees, including Credentials, Bylaws, Trauma, and Committee for Professional Enhancement. He also serves on the faculty of the Florida State University College of Medicine, helping to educate third- and fourth-year medical students, and is on the core faculty for FSU’s new emergency medicine residency program at SMH.
On Tuesday, the SMH Medical Staff also appointed officers of the 2018-2019 Medical Executive Committee:
Joey Seaman, MD, was named chief of staff, serving as the top representative of Sarasota Memorial’s more than 1,300 medical staff members and advanced practice providers. He succeeds Kyle Garner, MD, whose one-year term as chief of staff ends this month. Dr. Seaman, who also has chaired the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section at SMH, has been a member of SMH’s medical staff since 2012.
Alissa Shulman, MD, was named chief of staff elect, while Jeffrey Sell, MD, was named secretary-treasurer, and Sean Daley, MD, and Scott Perrin, MD, were named members-at-large.
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 a year. Sarasota Memorial’s flagship 839-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, and 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, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality award since the rating system launched in 2016.