Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation has announced that Target Corp. chairman and CEO Brian Cornell and wife Martha Cornell are donating $10 million to support the creation of a new behavioral health facility. The Cornells, who have worked and lived all over the country and world, have deep roots in the Sarasota area, according to a hospital source.
The gift will help fund comprehensive mental health services at a time when the global pandemic and other ongoing crises have further illuminated the need for supporting those struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
In recognition of the gift, the $65 million, 95,000-square-foot new facility will be named the Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion. Construction is slated to begin early next year and the new facility will replace Sarasota Memorial's aging, 1970s-era behavioral health hospital. It will have four inpatient units: a 16-bed geriatric unit, 22-bed child and adolescent unit, 24-bed adult unit and 22-bed acute-care unit. The first floor will have therapeutic spaces dedicated to the health system’s expanding outpatient treatment and counseling programs.