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  • 01 Nov 2017 11:05 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota have each received an “A” for patient safety, according to Leapfrog Group’s latest hospital safety report card. This is the third time in a row that Sarasota Memorial has participated in Leapfrog’s national safety survey and received back-to-back A’s for preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. For Doctors Hospital, it is the eighth consecutive time. Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Most local hospitals received “C” grades. SMH and Doctors Hospital are two of 832 across the nation that received A’s. 


  • 31 Oct 2017 3:06 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    (Sarasota, FL) October 31, 2017- The Leapfrog Group released their latest round of safety grades today and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota earned an “A” for the eighth consecutive time. The Safety Grade assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harmful conditions. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has earned an “A” consistently since 2014.

     “I am very proud of our team for all they do each day to put our patients first and focus on safety. We have made this part of our culture and we are committed to providing personalized and exceptional care to every patient, every day,” said Robert Meade, Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months and uses 27 quality measures of publically available hospital safety data to assign grades. To see Doctors Hospital of Sarasota’s grade visit: http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/


  • 27 Oct 2017 1:26 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Bradenton, FL- October 23, 2017 – The 17th Annual “Empty Bowls” luncheon to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 2nd, at Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton, and 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Friday, November 3rd, 2016, at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.  Area restaurants donate 5 gallons of soup and local businesses and talented artists contribute to give hunger hope at this luncheon. The symbolic meal of soup and bread demonstrates that together, we can fill the empty bowls of our neighbors in need.

    Tickets are $25 each for general admission and include a unique ceramic bowl to keep, a selection of soups, fresh-baked bread, and dessert. VIP tickets are $50 and give early admission and access to a special selection of bowls.

    Empty Bowls is the primary annual fundraiser benefitting The Food Bank of Manatee and 100% of the proceeds go directly back to the program.  The Food Bank of Manatee is the Feeding America food bank and the largest hunger relief organization in Manatee County, providing food to more than 115 local social service agencies, food pantries, and soup kitchens.

    “Not only is it such an enjoyable event that people look forward to every year, it is also such a meaningful luncheon as the attendees help us to “fill” the bowls of those in need,” said Maribeth Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Meals on Wheels PLUS.

    This event would not be possible without the help of our event sponsors and annual partners. 

     

    Tickets are $25 ($12 is tax-deductible) at www.foodbankofmanatee.org or at the door at the following two locations:

    Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Renaissance on 9th • 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205

    Friday, November 3, 2017, at Lakewood Main Street • 8131 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202

    About The Food Bank of Manatee – The Food Bank of Manatee is the largest hunger relief organization in Manatee County, providing food to more than 100 local social service agencies, food pantries, and soup kitchens. Families in emergency situations can also receive food crisis intervention packages on a temporary basis, or infant care baskets if they are without the resources to care for a new baby.  For information on how to donate or volunteer at the Food Bank of Manatee, go to foodbankofmanatee.org or call 941-747-FOOD.

     


  • 24 Oct 2017 12:30 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The laboratory at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has just earned accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP.) The results came after a rigorous on-site inspection. The CAP says the federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being equal to or even more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.

     “Our team works incredibly hard each day to serve our patients. We focus on quality, safety and we have a personal approach to everything we do. I am very proud of our group for achieving this distinction,” said Sheila Renfro, Laboratory Director.

    The accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all patients. During the accreditation, process inspectors examine the lab’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and overall management.

     


  • 23 Oct 2017 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Sarasota Bradenton Ferry Co. has launched their website and Facebook page to start interacting with the community regarding the upcoming launch of their first 149-passenger vessel providing transport from the 10th St. Pier in Downtown Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, and Riverwalk in Downtown Bradenton. The website, www.SarasotaBradentonFerry.com, currently displays a short survey for residents and visitors of the Suncoast. According the website, the survey will be available for 10 days and its goal is to '…learn more about the community and start building local relationships.' The website also announces that one lucky survey participant will win a ticket aboard the ferry’s maiden voyage and extravaganza.

    “The Ferry has always been about community needs: expanding options, alleviating gridlock, and providing convenience or leisure. Since February and with the unanimous approval of this project, we have been working on the finer details, now we are ready to listen to the community.” said Chris Johnson, Director of Marketing. “We will be releasing a lot of updates on Facebook between now and our anticipated launch, including more ways for the community and community leaders to get involved”.

    There is no specific date being provided for the launch now, but it is expected early next year. A marine operation of this scale requires a careful approach. Captain Sherman Baldwin, Director of Marine Operations, said “In the coming months, we will be working with local conservation organizations and The US Coast Guard to ensure we launch the safest and most environmentally friendly use of our waterways for transportation. Future riders will be comfortable onboard and able to depend on our schedule.” Regarding the schedule, he said, “We plan to take care of everyone: commuters, locals, and tourists.”

     To learn more about the launch of The Sarasota Bradenton Ferry, go to www.SarasotaBradentonFerry.com and take their short survey, or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SarasotaBradentonFerry.


  • 23 Oct 2017 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    Chris Fowler and Alexandra Salerno Glauser Join the Firm as Associate Attorneys

                          

    Sarasota, Florida – October 23, 2017 – Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A. (Norton Hammersley), a leading business and litigation law firm serving the state of Florida, is proud to announce the addition of Chris Fowler and Alexandra (Ally) Salerno Glauser to the firm’s growing team of associate attorneys.

    “Our firm is actively growing to continue satisfying the needs of our clients,” said Sam D. Norton, shareholder of Norton Hammersley. “We are pleased to have Chris and Ally join us with their experience and backgrounds to help build out and expand our tax and estate planning, and real estate and transactional practices.”

    A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in business administration and Florida International University College of Law, Fowler joined Norton Hammersley in March 2017 as a member of the estate planning, estate administration, and asset preservation practice group and the business and tax law practice group. Fowler focuses his practice primarily on estate, business, tax and asset preservation planning.

    Glauser graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a degree in finance and a double major in marketing. She graduated from Florida State University College of Law with her J.D. and earned the Business Law Certificate with High Honors. Glauser joins Norton Hammersley as a member of the real estate practice group, handling matters concerning real estate as well as business law and corporate transactions. 


  • 10 Oct 2017 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 10, 2017) – Manatee County has one opening for a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations on regional transportation issues.
     
    The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) assists the Metropolitan Planning Organization by providing input to the transportation planning process that reflects citizens' views and attitudes. CAC members represent a general cross section of the citizens of Sarasota and Manatee counties including the cities within the counties. CAC representatives are recommended for appointment by their respective units of local government and are appointed by the MPO Board.
     
    There is one vacancy for an at-large representative from Manatee County.
     
    Applications are taken through a rolling application process, and may be found online at www.mymanatee.org/advisory_boards
      
    The group meets at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of months in which an MPO meeting is scheduled. The committee meets in the main conference room at the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Office at 7632 15th St E, Sarasota FL 34243.
     
    For more information, call Rachel McClain (941) 359-5772 or email her at rachel@mympo.org.
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 04 Oct 2017 10:02 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    People seeking ongoing treatment after being hospitalized for a mental health issue or looking for alternatives to inpatient treatment now have more options. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is launching Transitions at Doctors Hospital. The new program will offer a calm, serene and inviting environment that provides psychotherapy and psychoeducation in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP.) It is designed for people with mental illnesses like major depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or experiencing symptoms of significant grief and loss.

     “There is a huge need for this treatment option. We have patients who need continuation of treatment to ensure success after they leave the hospital, but there are very limited options. Now we have a premier specialty program for patients to continue their recovery,” said Michael Fitzgerald, RN, BSN- Director of Behavioral Health at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    Transitions will be located in the Medical Office Building on the campus of Doctors Hospital. It compliments Serenity Place at Doctors Hospital. Serenity Place is the only voluntary, acute care geriatric behavioral health program in the area. It opened in 2012 and serves patients aged 50 and older who need acute care mental health treatment in a safe, compassionate and tranquil environment.

    Transitions will serve not just older adults, but younger adults as well. People 18 years and older who require intensive treatment, that do not meet the standard for inpatient care, may be eligible. Most insurances are accepted and all patients will work with trained clinical staff including a Psychiatrist, licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians.  The program is completely voluntary for patients to participate in. Psychiatrists Dr. Thomas Best, MD and Dr. Vladimir Einisman, MD will oversee the program.

     


  • 02 Oct 2017 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    Winter Haven, Florida, October 2, 2017 – John Corbett, Chief Executive Officer of CenterState Bank, announced recently that Shaun P. Merriman has been named Regional President for the bank’s West Region of Florida effective January 1, 2018. In this capacity, Merriman will take on leadership of the bank for the region including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, and Manatee counties. Merriman will work closely with three other Community Presidents while continuing to maintain his current role as Community President of the Sarasota and Manatee counties. His office will remain located in Sarasota, Florida. 

    “Shaun has a distinguished career of building and leading great teams. His energy,experience, and commitment to our core values make him the ideal choice to be our new Regional President of West Florida,” stated Corbett as part of a series of changes in bank leadership across Florida. The strategic reorganization is to prepare for successful growth with the upcoming integration of Harbor Community Bank and Sunshine Bank as CenterState crosses over $10 billion in bank assets.

    In response to the announcement, Merriman noted, “I am delighted to take on this additional responsibility and look forward to the future growth of CenterState in the Greater Tampa Bay Region!” He added, “We welcome the Harbor Community Bank and Sunshine Bank associates to this growing family of exceptional bankers. We areabsolutely committed to our culture of outstanding customer service resulting in long-termbanking relationships.”

    CenterState Bank is a Florida based community bank and one of Florida’s largest publicly traded banks providing online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages andinvestment services. CenterState has a history of quality service and community focus. Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team. We believe that local ownership and localmanagement translate into a better bank.

     For more information on CenterState Bank,please visit, www.CenterStateBank.com.




  • 02 Oct 2017 1:09 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Jef Friton retired to Sarasota but as soon as he settled into life after his career, he went back to work. Friton wanted to volunteer and found Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.  Friton is the President of the Doctors Hospital Auxiliary and says, “Volunteering at Doctors Hospital is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. The patients and the hospital staff truly appreciate our efforts, and they let us know it.”

     The hospital is holding a recruitment fair to share information about the benefits of volunteering and opportunities available. There are volunteer openings in almost every area of the hospital. Representatives from each department will be available to answer questions and explain the work they do.   “During the winter season our patient count increases, so this is the ideal time to learn more. If you can spare as little as four hours a week, we need you. I feel confident you will find the experience rewarding,” added Friton.

    The fair will be Monday, October 9 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, inside the McKenzie Café at the hospital, located at 5731 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota FL 34233. The event is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. For more information about the auxiliary visit: www.dhsauxiliary.org


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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