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Important Recent Poison Update
05.29.2012 [New Moms & Dads]

Important recent poison update:  On May 18th, the American Association of Poison Control Centers sent out a news release warning parents about highly concentrated laundry detergent packs and urging them to keep their detergents up and away and out of reach of children.  There has been an increase in calls to poison centers around the United States about exposures to children from concentrated laundry detergents contained in the single dose packets. For a poison emergency in the U.S., call 1.800.222.1222.

For more information on keeping your infant safe, consider taking SMH’s Baby Care Basics class as well as our Infant CPR class.  To register go to

SMH Named Tops in Patient Safety
05.23.2012 | SMH Extra

This week, Sarasota Memorial received HealthGrades’ “2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award™” – a designation given to the nation’s top 5% hospitals for patient safety. This is the NINTH consecutive year that we’ve received the independent health care rating organization’s safety award. HealthGrades’ analysis encompassed about 40 million  records from 5,000 hospitals nationwide. This year’s study […]

Your Mobile Device has the SMH App? That’s One Smart Phone!
05.23.2012 | Wellness

You’re out on the beach over the weekend, fall asleep and you get a dangerous-looking, painful sunburn. You’re cleaning the garage, get bitten by a spider and it starts to swell alarmingly. Or, you need to find a doctor in a particular specialty. What do you do? Thanks to SMH’s smart phone app, help is […]

Going, Going, Gone!
05.22.2012 | Campus Improvements

Earlier this week the buck hoist, a temporary elevator used to carry personnel, materials and equipment between floors, was dismantled and removed from the Courtyard Tower construction site as seen in the series of photos. The removal represents another milestone in the construction of the new nine-story replacement bed tower, which continues to move forward […]

Introducing the Bottle after Breastfeeding
05.17.2012 | New Moms & Dads

In preparation for returning to work, introducing a bottle to your breastfeeding baby can be at times challenging!  By this time, 4 or more weeks of age, she has gotten the hang of breastfeeding!  Try the following tips when introducing a bottle: • Have another family member or support person bottle feed the baby while […]

Living and Loving After Cancer
05.17.2012 | Wellness

On June 20th, you’re invited to a presentation featuring prominent experts discussing the quality-of-life concerns that confront many men and women after various forms of cancer or other major illnesses, including pain, stress, fear, fatigue and reduced intimacy. The free event takes place from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, Wednesday, June 20 in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Auditorium, […]

Auxiliary Helps Students Pursue Health Care Careers
05.17.2012 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary volunteer organization recently awarded college scholarships to six outstanding high school students who plan to pursue careers in health care. The G. Duncan Finlay Health Careers Scholarships, named after former Sarasota Memorial CEO G. Duncan Finlay, MD, will contribute $10,000 to each student over four years. Selection criteria include financial need, […]

Staff Perspectives
05.17.2012 | Campus Improvements

This week’s post features Perinatologist Dr. Washington Hill as he shares thoughts about the nine-story new bed tower, which will include Labor & Delivery on the 4th floor, the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the four-county area on the 5th floor and the Mother Baby Unit on the 6th floor.

CPR is Important!
05.14.2012 | New Moms & Dads

Near drowning, suffocation, choking or other injuries may cause an infant to stop breathing or her heart to stop, this is called cardiac arrest.  If you give CPR right away, a person is more likely to survive.  Most cardiac arrests happen at home with family members.  You can help a loved one survive by doing […]

Sarasota Memorial’s Excellent Nurses
05.11.2012 | SMH Extra

  Sarasota Memorial celebrated Nurses’ Week (May 6 – 12) with a full slate of activities. The highlight of the week was the naming of the 10 winners of the 2012 Nurse of Excellence Awards and the four honorees for the 2012 Patient Care/Multi-Skilled Techs of Excellence Awards. Singled out by hospital leaders and peers […]