Grant Highlights: Supporting SMH
The generosity of the Healthcare Foundation donors helps enable Sarasota Memorial to continually provide the highest standard of medical care and give patients access to the most state-of-the-art technologies available. Last fall and winter, the Healthcare Foundation awarded five grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to provide upgraded imaging technologies, behavioral healthcare services, facility upgrades, staff professional development and emergency center renovations.
Thanks to a $50,000 grant to SMH’s Clinical Scholar Fellowship from the Care Institute, the 2019 fellows, pictured above, were able to design, develop and implement their own research projects. The fellowship gives healthcare providers an opportunity to build their knowledge and skill base by conducting research.
A three-year, $268,000 grant has enabled the hospital to add new outpatient behavioral health programs. Sarasota Memorial already offers inpatient psychiatric care, but now it also is addressing our community members’ mental health needs on an outpatient basis. The new programs are designed to reduce readmissions to the inpatient psychiatric facility, while expanding the continuum of behavioral health services in our community.
Another $624,000 will fund renovations to the Jo Mills Reis Care Center, which has been in operation for more than two decades. The project will modernize the facility.
More than $50,000 in grant money was allocated to upgrade cribs and bassinets in SMH’s Pediatric Unit. New cribs will provide safer, more comfortable bedding for the infants and toddlers in the hospital’s care.
Sarasota Memorial already boasts some of the most state-of-the-art equipment and experienced urological surgery teams in the region. Thanks to a grant of nearly $450,000, the hospital’s urologists will now have access to the latest high-definition surgical video systems available.
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