Sarasota Memorial Hospital Celebrates 95th Anniversary

The hospital opened its doors in the fall of 1925.

By Staff November 2, 2020

Sarasota Memorial Hospital celebrated its 95th anniversary on Monday, Nov. 2. SMH opened its doors in the fall of 1925 after local residents raised $40,000 to build the 32-bed hospital, which replaced a six-bed facility that was being used to care for tuberculosis and emergency patients. Today, SMH is comprised of a network of outpatient and urgent care centers, a physician practice group, a skilled nursing and rehab center, a behavioral health hospital, and plans under way to open a new hospital in Venice. With 7,000 staff, it’s also one of the region’s largest employers.

SMH leadership observed the milestone in a socially distanced manner, sharing a 3D cake of the original 1925 hospital and historical slideshow for staff and volunteers. Leaders also took a commemorative photo with Clara Rock, the longest-serving nurse still providing patient care at Sarasota Memorial (44-and-a-half years and counting), and Jennifer Nguyen, one of its newest volunteers, who joined SMH in March 2020 in the midst of the pandemic.

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