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Proposed Rehab Facility Discussed at Community Workshop
07.18.2014 [Campus Improvements]


Wednesday evening, July 16, members of the community attended the City of Sarasota’s neighborhood workshop to learn about Sarasota Memorial’s proposed new comprehensive rehabilitation facility which would replace the current 30-year old unit located in the two upper floors of the hospital’s East Tower.  While it has undergone several décor changes over the years, the current unit is long overdue for major upgrades and renovations as it contains mostly semi-private rooms and shared bathrooms.

Preliminary plans call for the Retter wing, which is the hospital’s oldest building, to be torn down and a replacement Rehab facility to be built in its place on the north side of Arlington Street, between Laurent Place and West Hospital Drive.

The project is in the initial planning and design phase.  Conceptual plans call for a facility that would be 4 to 5 stories tall and up to 85’ in height.  The first floor would consist of parking; the next three floors would contain relocated outpatient and inpatient physical rehabilitation services and administrative offices; and the top floor would accommodate mechanical, electrical and fire protection equipment.

It will take two years to design and build the facility at an estimated cost of $40 to $46 million.  The new facility is slated to open by the end of 2016.

Campus Improvements Continue
06.10.2014 | Campus Improvements

As mentioned in previous posts, following the opening of the Courtyard Tower upgrades and improvements continue throughout Sarasota Memorial’s main campus.  The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board recently gave approval to begin planning for a new wing to house the current 34-bed Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit (CRU). Currently located in the East Tower, the CRU is […]

Renovations and Relocations
04.10.2014 | Campus Improvements

Improvements continue on Sarasota Memorial’s main campus.  Medical Staff Services recently relocated from the first floor to a newly renovated space on the third floor of the East Tower – adjacent to the Physician Lounge.  As seen in the photo, the welcoming design, along with warm colors, finishes and surfaces, coordinate with those found in […]

Bridge Work Complete!
03.07.2014 | Campus Improvements

Thursday evening the new pedestrian bridge connecting Sarasota Memorial’s Medical Arts Building to the South Garage arrived and was installed.  The three sections of the pre-fabricated bridge were transported along U.S. 41 with a police escort. Once on site, a large crane “hung” the bridge.

Bridge Work Continues
03.03.2014 | Campus Improvements

Work continues on the new pedestrian bridge that will connect the Medical Arts Building (1950 Arlington St.) with Sarasota Memorial’s South Parking Garage.  Weather permitting, the south lane of Arlington Street at the intersection of Arlington and Laurent will be closed Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m.  Also, both lanes of Laurent from the entrance […]

Building A Bridge
02.14.2014 | Campus Improvements

Preliminary work has begun on the pedestrian bridge that will connect the Medical Arts Building with the hospital’s South Parking Garage. Shown in this recent photo is the base that will support the columns and in turn support the bridge. The three sections of the pre-fabricated bridge will be transported along U.S. 41 the evening […]

Continued Improvements
01.13.2014 | Campus Improvements

Although the Courtyard Tower is complete and open for business, we continue to improve other parts of the hospital campus. For instance, attractive fork and knife wall graphics that were recently installed at the entrance of Sarasota Memorial’s 1700 South Café. The bistro-style eatery is located on the first floor of the hospital, near the […]

Honoring our Veterans
11.11.2013 | Campus Improvements

It’s Veterans Day and Sarasota Memorial is honoring the many employees, physicians, volunteers, patients and family members who have served in our nation’s armed forces. The day has a special meaning for SMH. In 1954, Sarasota Municipal Hospital was renamed Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a tribute to the veterans of World Wars I and II. […]

It’s a Wrap!
11.07.2013 | Campus Improvements

The final two units moved into the Courtyard Tower November 5 – Labor & Delivery’s new home is now on the 4th floor and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), pictured above, is located on the 5th floor of the nine-story patient care tower. The spacious new 6th floor Mother & Baby unit moved in […]

Deliveries Made Here!
10.08.2013 | Campus Improvements

It won’t be long before some very special “deliveries” will begin in Sarasota Memorial’s Courtyard Tower.  Scheduled to move to the nine-story patient care tower in early November, the hospital’s new Labor & Delivery unit will feature 14 spacious L&D suites, 3 surgical birthing suites and a 4-bed recovery area along with whirlpool tubs to […]