Healthcare Foundation Awards More Than $4 Million in Grants to SMH

Funding supports the expansion of SMH's rehab pavilion, new equipment, pharmacy needs, and SMH's collaboration with USF's College of Nursing.

By Staff February 7, 2022

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation recently announced that it has awarded four grants totaling more than $4 million. Two of the grants will support SMH—one in the expansion of its rehabilitation pavilion and the other in the purchase of high-tech ultrasound systems at SMH's Sarasota campus.

A total of $3.91 million was granted to add six new inpatient rehabilitation rooms at SMH Sarasota. The grant will help fund construction, information technology and furnishings. The expansion will allow more patients recovering from an illness or injury to receive medical, rehabilitation and mobility care in the state-of-the-art pavilion.

A grant of $120,032 was provided to help purchase two Sonosite PX Ultrasound systems for the Emergency Care Center at SMH Sarasota. The new point-of-care visualization tools will enhance patient care by providing advanced image clarity when treating and diagnosing patients.

A grant of $44,000 was awarded to Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services to fund prescription medications for indigent patients, which are supplied by the all-volunteer community pharmacy for a two-year period.

Finally, $21,000 was granted to the USF Foundation and USF College of Nursing for partial funding of a collaborative nursing program with SMH, “Excellence in Nursing During COVID and Beyond.” The pilot program will provide SMH nurses and USF nursing students mentoring and preceptorships designed to improve their health and wellness and promote resiliency during critical nursing shortages now and in the future.

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