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Congressman takes technology tour
04.30.2013 [Campus Improvements]

Congressman Vern Buchanan took a “technology tour” of Sarasota Memorial, getting a firsthand look at state-of-the-art new patient care areas and surgery suites.

congressmanbuchanannicuAt left, the Congressman gets a sneak peek at the hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with Marguerite G. Malone, Ed.D., left, member of the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, and NICU Manager Debbie Harman. The NICU, which is located in the hospital’s new Courtyard Tower, will open later in 2013. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the county with a NICU and obstetrical services. The units located in the new tower replace 1950s- and 1960s-era facilities in the hospital.
Below, the Congressman visits the hospital’s new “hybrid” operating room, where surgeons, cardiologists and other specialists to perform combined open, minimally invasive, image guided and catheter-based procedures in the same operative setting – which in turn allows patients to undergo less invasive procedures for even the most complex conditions. SMH Cardiovascular Surgery Chief Jeffrey Sell, MD, second from left, and SMH CEO Gwen MacKenzie, right, describe how the hybrid room is an important springboard for collaboration in new surgical approaches.


The Magic Inside
04.25.2013 | Campus Improvements

Take a moment to watch this time lapse construction video of Sarasota Memorial’s Courtyard Tower from the ground up.  The first floor of the new patient care tower opened April 1, 2013 – no fooling!  The upper floors will open in phases beginning in the fall.

SMH Rolling Out New, More Natural Childbirth Options
04.25.2013 | New Moms & Dads

There’s nothing more natural than giving birth to a child. There’s also nothing quite as fraught with anxiety as that laborious journey from the womb to the world. Fetal distress, maternal bleeding and other complications during childbirth can turn even the lowest-risk pregnancy high risk … fast. “Birth doesn’t always go according to ‘plan.’ That’s […]

Make your voice heard – Ask lawmakers to extend health coverage
04.23.2013 | SMH Extra

Florida’s legislative session will end soon, and lawmakers have yet to decide if and how they will expand health care to uninsured Floridians of modest means. What’s at stake: Health care for roughly a million low-income Floridians and more than $50 billion in federal money. Extending coverage not only has vital health benefits for so […]

The Benefits of a Written Birth Plan
04.19.2013 | New Moms & Dads

What is the purpose of a Birth Plan? Your Birth Plan is a clearly stated 1-2 page plan, developed by the parents-to-be to communicate their wishes and priorities regarding the birth of their baby, to the doctors, midwives, nurses and family members that may attend your birth. Having the entire team on the same page […]

Campus Improvements Continue
04.18.2013 | Campus Improvements

Now that the Lobby of the Courtyard Tower is open, prep work has begun on the first floor of the Waldemere Tower, which will house a beautiful new non-denominational chapel along with offices for the hospital chaplain and visiting chaplains.  The SMH Gift Shop will remain on the first floor of the Waldemere Tower near […]

Got an aching back?
04.18.2013 | SMH Extra

One of these seminars may help! While there’s no “silver bullet” for back and neck pain, several successful treatments and procedures are available. Since chronic problems can be as complex and unique as our own spines, Sarasota Memorial is hosting a series of lectures featuring several different specialists and topics: • Thursday, May 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sarasota […]

Warning signs and Reportable events for Baby
04.11.2013 | New Moms & Dads

Your healthcare provider needs to know if your baby has any signs of illness. If your parent intuition senses something is not right with your baby, or if you notice any of the following symptoms, call your pediatrician. Baby’s lips are a blue color – This is a 911 call! Skin looks pale. Skin or […]

Down with the old…
04.04.2013 | Campus Improvements

Although the first floor of the new Courtyard Tower opened earlier this week, improvements continue on the Sarasota Memorial campus.  As seen in the photo, construction crews are dismantling a temporary Emergency Care Center canopy.  During the next few weeks, the hospital’s emergency entrance will be temporarily re-routed to the east entrance of the Courtyard […]

April is Autism Awareness Month
04.04.2013 | New Moms & Dads

As parents we all fear that something could be wrong with our precious, perfect baby.  I understand that this deep seeded fear is uncomfortable at best, but knowledge is power and early intervention and treatment can make a big difference. My oldest son was always a little ‘different’ and we spent years trying to find […]