By Hannah Wallace November 1, 2010

Serenity Place

Doctors Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of its new Inpatient Senior Behavioral Health Program, Serenity Place. This program consists of 16 beds for adults 55 years and older who have psychiatric symptoms that are interfering with their daily functioning. The program offers a multidisciplinary approach where compassionate care is delivered in a calming, spacious and private environment.

Doctors Hospital is a 155-bed acute and general-care facility serving Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Emergency Room is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week by board-certified emergency physicians. Doctors Hospital has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement and a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. We have also been named as one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “40 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic and Spine Programs” for providing superior outcomes and having a strong program reputation. One of the hospital’s proudest achievements was being named one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Work” by Modern Healthcare for a second year in a row.

Exceptional Aesthetics

Dr. Jill Morris has been in private practice for 25 years—all in Sarasota, Fla. She’s taught multiple cosmetic procedures to dentists from around the world, lectured to dentists and technicians extensively, and has been a scientific editor for a leading dental journal. She instructed full mouth rehabilitation at the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and her practice was featured in the book How to Create an Exceptional Aesthetic Practice. She is one of only 300 dentists worldwide to achieve multiple international beauty pageants and received her fellowship with the prestigious International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics.

Dr. Morris, along with her husband, Dr. Burr Bakke, has created World Class Dentistry and Facial Esthetics, a facility that encompasses procedures including surgical implants, bone grafts, smile makeovers, non-surgical facelifts and multiple facets of dentistry and facial esthetics, eliminating the need to visit multiple clinics to receive comprehensive care. Lasers, CAT scan and other important technology are all on site at World Class Dentistry. View their stunning patient transformations at, or call (941) 923-6363.

Tips on Choosing a Doctor

Choosing a doctor can be a daunting task, especially for those facing complex medical conditions.  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. offers the following advice for those looking for a doctor:

Choose a primary care doctor wisely.  This will be the doctor with whom you develop a long-term relationship.  What is the average time a patient has to wait to get an appointment?  Do you feel comfortable speaking candidly with this doctor?  Is your insurance accepted?

Be an informed patient:  Check out the doctor’s medical education, board certification and training, hospital appointments and disciplinary history.

When considering specialists and surgeons, ask the doctor about his/her experience and “track-record” experience with the particular condition you have and/or procedure you may need.

The Castle Connolly physician-led research team carefully reviews the credentials of every physician being considered for inclusion in Castle Connolly Guides, magazine articles and website.  Doctors do not and cannot pay to be included in any Castle Connolly guide.  Search the online database of more than 25,000 doctors and specialists at

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