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SMH Behavioral Health Celebrates Construction Milestone

SMH Behavioral Health Celebrates Construction Milestone

Monday, January 16, 2023

Sarasota Memorial celebrated the ongoing construction of the Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion at SMH-Sarasota with a wall signing event on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. Donors, leaders, and medical staff gathered to sign concrete walls with messages of love and hope, which will be sealed in the building forever.

The Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion will replace Sarasota Memorial’s aging 1970s-era Bayside Center for Behavioral Health with a 3-story facility designed to make people feel welcome, safe and supported through their healthcare experience. Construction on the state-of-the-art facility for both inpatient and outpatient care is slated to be completed by the end of 2023.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional medical center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 1,900 physicians and advanced practice providers and more than a million patient visits a year across its network of care. Sarasota County’s largest employer, the health system includes two full-service hospitals in Sarasota and Venice, a freestanding ER in North Port, and a comprehensive network of outpatient centers, urgent care clinics and physician practices that stretch from Manatee County to North Port. As the region's only public health system and not-for-profit health care provider, SMH serves as a critical safety net for the uninsured in Sarasota County. Visit for information.