SMH to Break Ground on New Hospital in Venice

SMH to Break Ground on New Hospital in Venice

Friday, March 29, 2019

Sarasota Memorial will celebrate an important community milestone on April 4: the groundbreaking of its new Venice hospital. 

SMH staff, volunteers, physicians, community leaders and residents will gather to learn more about the facility, which will be built on a 65-acre campus on the corner of Laurel and Pinebrook roads, conveniently located off Interstate 75 in Venice. The new, four-story, 365,000-square-foot hospital and medical campus is anticipated to open in the Fall 2021. 

Speakers will include Sarasota County Public Hospital Board Chair Joe DeVirgilio, Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder and SMH-Venice Hospital President Sharon Roush. 
When: 10-11 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019 
Where: SMH-Venice construction site. Guest parking and shuttle will be provided on the east side of Plaza Venezia/Publix Shopping Center, 2438 Laurel Road East, North Venice. 

For those who would like to watch this milestone event but can't make it to the ceremony, Sarasota Memorial will be livestreaming the groundbreaking at and on Facebook.

Founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial is Sarasota County’s only public hospital and the only not-for-profit health system in the region. The Laurel Road hospital in Venice will be the most significant addition in the health system’s 94-year history. 

The campus 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. The new Venice hospital is designed to be flexible and expandable. Initially, it will open with 110 private rooms (90 acute-care beds and 20 beds for observation patients), a 28-room Emergency Care Center and eight surgical suites. The all-private suites will include a 10-bed Labor & Delivery/Post-Partum unit, where women can deliver and room with their newborns throughout recovery. The hospital also will have eight surgical suites, including a dedicated operating room for emergency and scheduled obstetrical procedures. 

The hospital will offer a comprehensive range of medical and surgical care, including: Cardiology Units/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 and Urology. The campus will offer all private rooms, advanced hurricane hardening and a seamless connection to SMH’s electronic medical records and information technology. The campus has the capacity to expand to 270 patient rooms, 16 ORs and a 50-bed Emergency Room to accommodate future growth.