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Sarasota Memorial named to best hospitals list
07.15.2014 [SMH Extra]

CYTAERIAL2013loresSarasota Memorial once again is the only hospital in the region to make U.S. News & World Report’s new “Best Hospitals” list.

The hospital was ranked among the very best hospitals in the nation for Gynecology care. SMH also was listed among the top five hospitals in Florida and #1 in southern Florida for overall care.

Click here for more information and here for the link to article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

New tool allows you to access your health information
06.24.2014 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial’s Patient Portal is here! It’s launch time for the new online tool that will help you manage your protected health information in one secure, accessible place. If you’ve ever been an SMH patient, we invite you to be among the first to establish your SMH FollowMyHealth portal account at a special event at HealthSquare at […]

Road remains beautiful thanks to staff and family
06.19.2014 | SMH Extra

Eleven years ago, Sarasota Memorial’s Bayside Center for Behavioral Health joined the “Keep Sarasota County Beautiful” program, adopting a section of Webber Street between Beneva and McIntosh to keep clean. Staff from departments from all over the hospital and family members got together on a recent Saturday and picked up 49.5 pounds of trash!

Skilled Nursing Center earns deficiency-free survey
06.05.2014 | SMH Extra

Congratulations to Sarasota Memorial’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, which was deemed to be deficiency-free following an annual licensure survey by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. In May, state regulators conducted a comprehensive four-day inspection of the center’s patient care processes, safety protocols, cleanliness, food service, staff competencies and more. They also reviewed dozens of patient charts […]

Beautiful honor for Venice center
05.23.2014 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial’s new Venice Urgent Care Center, right, won the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce’s Beautification Award for May. The Chamber’s Ambassador’s Committee said the prestigious award is presented to area businesses that have made a contribution to Venice “by enhancing the appearance of their building or property, or in your case a sparkling new […]

Pitch perfect!
05.21.2014 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial Advanced Practice Nurse Karen Reynolds, DNP, CNS-BC, FGNLA, had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a recent Tampa Bay Rays baseball game when the team hosted a special Nurses’ Appreciation Night in honor of Nurses’ Week. The selection of Karen to represent the nursing profession was particularly appropriate, since May is also […]

A key role in North Port
05.20.2014 | SMH Extra

North Port Mayor Jim Blucher, center, gives departing CEO Gwen MacKenzie a key to the city in appreciation of her support of the community. Gwen, who is leaving the helm of Sarasota Memorial to assume a leadership role with  Ascension Health in her home state of Michigan, helped oversee the opening of the freestanding Emergency Room and […]

Celebrating our Nurses and PCTs of Excellence!
05.16.2014 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial wrapped up its celebration of Nurses’ Week by announcing this year’s Nurses and PCTs/MSTs of Excellence. Nominated by co-workers and managers and selected by a committee of peers from across the hospital, these exceptional caregivers set a high standard for top-quality, compassionate care. From left, CEO Gwen MacKenzie congratulates the winners: Caitlin Lacy, PCT, Critical Care; […]

It’s hard to say goodbye
05.14.2014 | SMH Extra

It’s hard for me to believe that I’ll soon be leaving Sarasota Memorial to return to Michigan. In these final weeks, I’ve been reflecting on the past amazing nine years. Health care has undergone an enormous transformation over the last decade, and it’s because of your great work, support and dedication that we’ve been able to […]

The best of the best!
05.02.2014 | SMH Extra

Heike Bucken Keeva Russell Once a year, Sarasota Memorial selects a special employee and a manager from the health system’s nearly 4,000-member workforce as the EXCEL Employee and Leader of the Year. This year’s Employee of the Year is Heike Bucken, an RN on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. An employee since 1985, Heike is […]