SMH-Venice Welcomes 100th Baby Born Since Opening

SMH-Venice Welcomes 100th Baby Born Since Opening

Monday, July 18, 2022

SARASOTA (July 18, 2022) –Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice welcomed the 100th baby delivered there since the new hospital opened in November of 2021.

Benjamin Anthony Moran was born on July 16 at 9:39 p.m. to proud parents Miranda Weese and Kevin Moran. This is the family’s second child, and Benjamin will join his 6-year-old big brother Aiden at home in Englewood.

The parents still hadn’t decided on their baby boy’s name when Miranda went into labor, and had narrowed it down to a list of four names. When they learned their baby would be the 100th baby born at SMH-Venice, it helped them make their choice.

“Benjamin was the third one we had on our list and when our doctor told us we were in the race for the 100th baby, we decided if we did have the 100th baby we’d give him that name. Benjamin Franklin is on the 100-dollar bill, and our baby is the 100th born at this hospital,” Miranda said.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System opened SMH-Venice last fall to serve the growing south Sarasota County region. The new campus and the health system’s flagship hospital in Sarasota are the only two hospitals in Sarasota County providing maternity/OB services.

The delivery team at SMH-Venice included OB/GYN Anthony Canino, Jr., MD, assisted by Labor & Delivery nurses Andria Perry, RN, Tabby Bennet, RN, and Kayla Klein, LPN.

The family chose to give their son a middle name inspired by the doctor who helped bring him into the world.

“We had our first baby at the Sarasota Campus and had a great experience there. We were thrilled our second baby could be born with the same awesome care, but closer to our home. Dr. Canino was amazing through my pregnancy and delivery, and we knew we wanted an ‘A’ name. The middle name Anthony will help us remember the wonderful experience here,” Miranda said.

SMH-Venice includes 10 private Birthing Suites that allow laboring women, their support people and baby to stay together in the same room throughout the birth experience. There are specialized obstetrical physicians on-site, and neonatal providers on-call 24/7. The hospital also has a designated Obstetrical Emergency Care Center, and advanced surgical suites designed for OB procedures.

The mother-baby nursing team at SMH-Venice celebrated the birth of the 100th baby with cupcakes and balloons marking the occasion.

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 1 million patient visits each year across its two hospital campuses, freestanding ER, and network of outpatient care centers. Its flagship 895-bed Sarasota hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a comprehensive network of services. The public health system opened its second acute-care hospital, SMH-Venice, in November 2021, with 110 beds and full range of specialties to serve south Sarasota County. Visit for information.