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A perfect parfait
05.29.2014 [Wellness]


For a healthy, nutritious yet satisfying snack or lunch, it’s hard to beat low-fat Greek yogurt with chunks of fresh fruit and cereal shown at right. It’s a creation from our new yogurt bar in Windows Cafe at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

You can easily make this at home – Check to see what fruits, nuts and healthy cereals are in your fridge or pantry and whip up your own favorite version! When buying yogurt (and cereal), read labels carefully – Some have as much fat and sugar as a regular dessert. Stick to kinds that are lower in calories and sugar and have natural ingredients.

If you’d like help in making healthy food choices, contact our Nutrition Counseling Program at (941) 917-7468 to schedule an appointment. 

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 […]

Cool drink for warm holiday weekend
05.22.2014 | Uncategorized

This Memorial Day weekend, cool off with your own homemade and healthy Juicy Tomato Smoothie, a refreshing alternative to fruit smoothies that has lower sodium than many canned vegetable juices. 4 Servings Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cups of Fruits and Vegetables Per Person: 2.5 Ingredients Tomatoes, chopped – 3 cups No-sodium tomato juice – 1 cup Apple […]

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 […]

Now On Deck – Pool Safety
05.07.2014 | New Moms & Dads

As our weather warms up, swimming pools become popular places to cool off and have fun. Especially in Florida, many homes have pools and spas, but few are equipped with safety fencing and alarms. Nearly 400 children die each year in pool and spa drowning accidents, but we can help put an end to these […]

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 […]