SARASOTA, Fla. – (Aug. 30, 2017) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has been selected as the official healthcare provider for the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
During the 12-day event that runs Sept. 24-Oct. 1, the health system’s experienced emergency- and urgent-care medical team will establish and operate a comprehensive medical village at Nathan Benderson Park, overseeing care for the anticipated 1,700 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and 40,000 spectators traveling from 70 different countries to witness and participate in the event.
The 2017 World Rowing Championships, organized by the World Rowing Federation (FISA), is the largest sporting event in this region’s history. It will be just the second time in history that the World Rowing Championships have been held in the United States. The international event was last held in the U.S. in 1994 in Indianapolis.
“As Sarasota County’s publicly owned hospital, we are proud to provide top-notch medical care at this milestone event,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder. “We have taken care of this community for more than nine decades, and it is with that longstanding commitment and public mission that we embrace this international role and responsibility.”
With its 829-bed flagship hospital and trauma center, new rehabilitation pavilion and comprehensive network of urgent-care and outpatient centers stretching from northeast Manatee County to North Port, SMH is uniquely positioned to manage any medical needs that surface at the event.
The SMH Medical Village will be staffed with board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians from Sarasota Memorial’s Emergency Care Center, as well as experienced SMH nurses who partner with them in delivering emergency care. In addition to its physician and nursing staff, SMH also will provide athletic trainers strategically positioned at various staging zones for the athletes. The highly qualified, multi-skilled healthcare professionals will collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnoses, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions for the athletes. SMH Emergency Medicine staff also will manage a tent in the fan zone, offering first-aid to any spectator or fan in need.
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. Sarasota Memorial’s flagship 829-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. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in Florida with the highest five-star ranking from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for quality and safety.