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  • 06 Jul 2020 9:22 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lucio Gordan, MD, President and Managing Physician of Florida Cancer Specialists Research & Institute (FCS), will lead an educational session at the Community Oncology Advocacy Summit, a national virtual meeting presented by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA). Scheduled for July 15, 2020, the one-day virtual conference will focus on patient advocacy and the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care.

    Dr. Gordan’s session will review current data and provide insight into the operational and economic issues relating to cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic; it will also include a discussion of the challenges in patient care and some projections for the future, as diagnostic procedures and surgeries resume.

     “Information technology plays a significant role in cancer treatment today,” said Gordan. “Through cancer informatics, local and national surveys, and predictive analytics, we can collect and analyze data from practices and patients who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis. These data provide insights that will help guide providers in developing protocols and tackling some of the crucial questions related to access to care and clinical matters. With rapid response to collected data, we can meet patient needs, as well as support practice operations in the future as this pandemic evolves.” 

    Click here to register.


  • 06 Jul 2020 9:21 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Brain Health Initiative (BHI) is in search of future leaders of brain health to work with its scientists. Beginning this month and continuing through this fall, Brain Health Scholars will have the opportunity to work remotely with the BHI scientists and clinicians to promote and protect brain health, fight brain illness, and improve brain performance for all ages throughout the Suncoast region.

    Representatives from collaborating school districts, independent schools, and youth organizations may submit nominations for Brain Health Scholars. Nominees should be youth leaders over the age of 15 who have an interest in science, medicine, and/or health and well-being. It is anticipated that the Brain Health Scholars will invest about 20 hours throughout the summer and fall and because they are working remotely, they must have reliable access to the internet.

    “Brain Health Scholars will play an an important role in the research agenda associated with the BHI Community Brain Health Prioritization Survey in Sarasota and Bradenton,” said BHI Executive Director Dr. Stephanie Peabody. “We want to better understand the brain health and well-being concerns, values, priorities and attitudes of both youth and adults from the Suncoast region. This will be accomplished through a survey of issues related to brain health risk and protective factors as well as COVID-19 experience related to brain health and overall wellbeing in each community that leaders and citizens find to be important.” 

    Click here for nominations.


  • 03 Jul 2020 8:07 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Fishman & Associates is working with Sandvick Architects, Inc. based in Cleveland and IN Development Partners based in San Francisco to design the food and beverage service areas for the Palmetto Sheraton Hotel adjacent to the Bradenton Area Convention Center. The 8-story 252-room hotel will feature a full service restaurant, banquet kitchen, rooftop bar and kitchen, lobby bar, coffee bar, and outdoor tiki bar for the resort-style pool. The new hotel is expected to open in late 2021. 

  • 02 Jul 2020 4:23 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The McCune Family Foundation has awarded Children First a $50,000 grant to provide scholarships for Sarasota County’s most economically vulnerable children. This grant will aid the agency in continuing to provide access to comprehensive care and education. Since 2017, the McCune Family Foundation has granted $180,000 to Children First through support of the agency’s Raise Your Hand Campaign and comprehensive services for children and families.

     

    As the exclusive provider for Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, Children First provides year-round early childhood education for more than 900 children and their families.

     

    “The McCune Family Foundation understands the importance of providing families with opportunity through early childhood education. We are thankful for their continued, uplifting support and partnership as we provide the highest quality of care and services to our children and families living at-risk,” says CEO Philip Tavill.


  • 02 Jul 2020 9:45 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County received the 2020 Major Gifts Program Award during the 3rd Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Resource Development Awards for Excellence in Fundraising virtual celebration on May 27.

    “This award honors one outstanding Major Gifts Program from 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation that has led to serving more kids with greater impact,” said Amy Sexton, Senior Director of Resource Development Club Consulting at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County’s advancement philosophy involves every single team member of the organization from the Board of Directors to the youth development professionals, and has resulted in thousands of children and teens having life-changing opportunities to achieve their full potential.”

    “With unwavering support from the community, our organization has become one of the top-performing Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “While 2020 marks our 50th year as a leader in youth development, we are positioned to make an even greater impact on families across Sarasota and DeSoto Counties for years to come. This award is a wonderful indication of our area’s culture of philanthropy, and we would not be able to serve those who need us most without such a loving, caring community.” 


  • 01 Jul 2020 10:34 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi announced that Scott Guinn will become the new Director of Development beginning July 1, 2020. A former singer, Scott first joined Sarasota Opera in 2006 as a studio artist, singing the role of Schaunard in La bohème and performing as an outreach singer in the fall of 2007. Scott joined the company in an administrative capacity as assistant to the Executive Director between 2011-2014. He returned during the 2020 Winter Opera Festival as Senior Individual Giving Officer.

    During the Texas native’s singing career he performed both leading and supporting baritone roles with New York City Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Knoxville Opera, and others. He transitioned his career into arts administration in 2011. In addition to his previous roles with Sarasota Opera, he also worked as Major Gifts Associate and Interim Development Director for the Asolo Repertory Theatre and as Development Director with Knoxville Opera.

    About his recent return to Sarasota Opera, Scott states, “Opera is my passion and I’m thrilled to be back at Sarasota Opera. I look forward to continuing to work with our remarkable supporters and the fantastic team Stacy has put together so that the joy of music and power of live performance continues to resonate in our unique and wonderful community.” 

  • 01 Jul 2020 10:32 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Join The Players Centre for Performing Arts for a fun virtual 5K. You have all of August to complete your 3.1069 miles. You can walk, run, bike whatever you want. For $25 you will receive a swag bag with a Players lanyard, exclusive 5K T-shirt and car decal, and will be instantly registered to win five random prizes. The deadline to sign up is July 15th. 

    The Players Centre For Performing Arts 838 N. Tamiami Tr, 941-365-2494


  • 01 Jul 2020 10:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was honored as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health today. SMH was chosen from 3,134 hospitals across the country for outperforming peer hospitals on all performance benchmarks in the study, including: inpatient mortality and complications, healthcare-associated infections, readmission rates, length of stay, costs of care and patient satisfaction. “Hospitals, health systems and the dedicated clinicians and staff who work at these organizations have emerged as true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are grateful to be able to recognize these extraordinary leaders at this time,” said Kyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P., Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health. “From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, the organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high-value, patient-centered care and innovation. It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top performing hospitals are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis.” 

  • 01 Jul 2020 10:28 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Patients who are cared for at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota consistently comment about the positive experiences they have. Teams of caregivers work every day focusing on quality and safety and because of that dedication, today the hospital was named as one of the Top 100 Hospitals by Fortune/IBM Watson Health. According to the organization, the list identifies top-performing hospitals that have good results on clinical outcomes, efficiency, and patient experience. It evaluates hospital readmission rates, length of stay, experiences in emergency rooms, and ratings from patients among other indicators.

    “The organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high-value, patient-centered care, and innovation. It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top-performing hospitals are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis,” said Kyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P., Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health.

    “Each day our team focuses on quality, safety, and providing compassionate care to our community. I thank them for their dedication to this. Even with the recent pandemic we have not wavered from this commitment and it shows in recognitions such as this,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. 


  • 30 Jun 2020 2:01 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    It may be hard to swallow, but small mammals—a crucial part of the Everglades ecosystem—are being decimated by invasive Burmese pythons. 

    BSWANKY, a luxury handbag design house based in Sarasota, Florida, is stepping up by partnering with python hunter Amy Siewe (one of the winners of the 2020 Python Bowl), to help put an end to the destruction of our Everglades ecosystem in our new Conservation is The Key initiative. Using invasive python skin from snakes captured in the Everglades, BSWANKY creates luxury handbags and gives five percent of the sales to the South Florida National Parks Trust. In addition, 100% of the sale of each BSWANKY python keychain will also be given back. These sought after luxury python handbags are owned by Tori Spelling, Tiffany Cuban, and Faith Hill, and may just be the solution. Two women, one cause.

Recent Member News





Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

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