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SMH Now Processing COVID-19 Tests for Inpatients

SMH Now Processing COVID-19 Tests for Inpatients

Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Laboratory Services recently received a much-awaited shipment of testing supplies to begin processing COVID-19 tests for admitted patients. The in-house testing allows the hospital to obtain results in less than two hours, 24 hours a day, rather than wait for results to be returned from outside labs. 

Thursday, April 16, 2020
SMH Joins 2 National COVID-19 Clinical Research Trials

SMH Joins 2 National COVID-19 Clinical Research Trials

SMH recently began two national clinical trials related to the treatment of COVID-19. The first study is testing the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir, while the second trial is evaluating the use of plasma donated by people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat current patients.

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Financial Impact of COVID-19 Crisis Forces SMH to Furlough Some Staff, Make Other Cost Reductions

Financial Impact of COVID-19 Crisis Forces SMH to Furlough Some Staff, Make Other Cost Reductions

Struggling with a sudden and drastic drop in patient volumes and revenues due to the COVID-19 crisis, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System informed its staff today that it must take immediate steps to reduce costs, including temporary furloughs and reduced hours for some employees, to face the challenges ahead.

Friday, April 3, 2020
SMH Expands Staff Masking Policy, Reports 2 New COVID-19 Deaths

SMH Expands Staff Masking Policy, Reports 2 New COVID-19 Deaths

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to escalate, Sarasota Memorial is expanding its masking policy for all staff and providers who work in clinical areas or who come into contact with patients in public or other areas of the hospital. The expanded masking policy was announced as cases of positive patients continue to rise. Two more positive patients died at SMH since yesterday’s update.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
SMH Activates 'No Visitors' Policy, Reports 2 New COVID-19 Cases

SMH Activates 'No Visitors' Policy, Reports 2 New COVID-19 Cases

Effective 6 p.m. March 20, Sarasota Memorial will activate a “No Visitors” policy, restricting all visitors except in special circumstances. The temporary change is part of the health system’s ongoing effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of patients, families, staff and the community. 

Friday, March 20, 2020
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