The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial Expands ICU Due to Covid Surge

Sarasota Memorial Hospital expands its intensive care unit to accommodate severely ill Covid-19 patients

09/02/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Good Deeds

Knick's Tavern and Grill, Artisan Cheese Company Help Feed Frontline Workers

As Covid cases surge, the restaurants are providing meals for local first responders.

08/26/2021 By Emma Moneuse


Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Receives $250,000 Gift

The donation, from Eliza and Hugh Culverhouse, will be used to help SMH respond to the current surge of Covid-19 cases

08/20/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Will Roll Out Next Month in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that boosters will be available for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

08/18/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial's Covid-19 Patient Census Is the Highest It's Ever Been

Of the 239 Covid-positive patients in the hospital, 52 are in the ICU and 34 are on ventilators; 89 percent of them are unvaccinated.

08/17/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Reports Record Number of Covid Patients

The hospital currently has 201 Covid-positive patients—the highest number since the pandemic began last March.

08/10/2021 By Megan McDonald

Health News

Widely Recognized Thyroid Surgeon Joins Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Dr. Ralph Tufano will lead the new First Physicians Group Thyroid and Parathyroid Center

08/03/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

SMH Re-Activates ‘No Visitors’ Policy

The policy takes effect Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, and comes in response to surging Covid-19 cases.

07/30/2021 By Staff

Health News

SMH Announces Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute Inaugural Physician Team

Medical oncologist Dr. Richard Brown will oversee the team of more than 70 community physicians.

07/28/2021 By Staff

Health News

SMH Earns Multiple Spots on U.S. News 'Best Hospitals' List

The 2021-2022 rankings place SMH among America’s 50 best for specialized rehabilitation.


Mental Health

Sarasota Is Facing a Youth Mental Health Crisis, and Many Parents Can't Cope

Over the past year, 85 children in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties have been removed from a home because of a parent or guardian's "inability to cope."

07/22/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker


I'm Vaccinated. Do I Need to Worry Around the Unvaccinated?

Dr. Manuel Gordillo at Sarasota Memorial Hospital says that vaccinated people should remain careful in certain situations.

07/08/2021 By Allison Forsyth


SMH Laboratory Recognized for Year of Critical Services

The SMH lab team completed a record 4 million-plus lab tests in 2020 while introducing new testing platforms to identify patients infected with Covid-19.

06/30/2021 By Staff

Progress Report

Here's an Inside Look At Sarasota Memorial's New Behavioral Healthcare Pavilion

The 96,000-square-foot, 82-bed facility is slated to be complete in October 2023.

06/22/2021 By Allison Forsyth


Sarasota Memorial Begins Demolition for New Behavioral Health Pavilion

The new 82-bed, 95,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in 2023.

06/11/2021 By Staff

I, Robot

New Technology Allows Hospital-Bound Seniors to Explore The Ringling

The Ohmni telepresence robot is controlled by patients via a tablet and allows them to move independently and interact with others.

05/11/2021 By Staff

Health News

SMH Moves Forward With Next Phase of Cancer Institute

With its inpatient oncology tower nearly complete, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has begun planning for two new outpatient cancer facilities at its Sarasota and Venice campuses.

04/22/2021 By Staff


Experimental New Treatment Targets Deadly Inflammation in Covid Patients

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) is one of more than a dozen research sites nationwide participating in the trial.

04/15/2021 By Staff


Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon Raises More Than $140,000

The funds from the eighth annual luncheon helped fund a new bone density scanner at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

03/30/2021 By Staff

Health News

SMH Offers Experimental Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Sarasota Memorial is one of just two hospitals in Florida enrolling patients in the clinical trial.

03/26/2021 By Staff