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SMH announces plans to prepare for increased demand after Venice hospital shutters

After ShorePoint Health Venice closed its doors Thursday, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System went into hyperdrive to prepare for increased demand. ShorePoint Health made the announcement last month citing the opening of a new hospital within 5 miles that led to a decline in patients, as well as other factors like rising labor costs and staffing challenges. Instead the organization will focus on outpatient services at its ambulatory campus, HealthPark, which will continue operating.
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Prevent falling incidents with Fyzical Therapy

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - September 23 is National fall prevention awareness day and the beginning of fall prevention month. Falls are the leading cause of death for adults 65 and older, but are preventable. Fyzical Therapy joined the studio to help Linda and Joey measure their balance.

Bright yellow benches designed for sitting and saving lives

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — It’s a place to sit and a place to save. A new, bright yellow bench is now attracting attention at Carwise Middle School. It’s a suicide awareness bench designed by the charity Josh’s Benches. Inscribed in big, bold lettering is this message: "If You’re in Crisis and Want to Talk, Call 988."

CBAC discusses Moffitt/TPA proposal, forming clearer directions

The first time the Community Benefits Advisory Committee convened, they had to review an unsolicited proposal for a Moffitt Cancer Center, a first for Pinellas County, tied to a housing project, parking garage and hotel at the 800 Block. After the CBAC was organized and held multiple sessions with the...

Owning a Dog Has Major Health Benefits

When my mother acquired her dog, Ellie Mae, in 2020, I didn’t know how close Ellie Mae and I would become, especially since I didn’t live full-time with my mom. But keeping her water bowl full, going on walks through downtown Sarasota and the Rosemary District and hanging out with other dogs and their owners at local parks: All of it provided a sense of joy. I have learned how valuable dogs can be in softening the shocks of the pandemic, mitigating social isolation and relieving stress.

Open your heart, wallet to support a cure for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is perhaps the most dreaded of all fatal diseases, one in which the memory progressively deteriorates, the mind loses its ability to focus/concentrate and the body finally forgets how to function. More than 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and according to Alzheimer’s Association statistics, one...

Push-Up Challenge to Raise Money This Weekend for JFCS of the Suncoast's Mental Health Programs

JFCS of the Suncoast is hosting its first Push for Mental Health on Saturday, Sept. 24. The event, which is a fundraiser, health fair and push-up challenge, will be held at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsors include the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Blue, and several local health and fitness organizations. The focus of the event is fun and fitness while raising money and awareness for mental health. During the event, participants will do push-ups at their own pace, competing not against others, but against their own fitness goals. Some may set a pace of 4 push-ups per minute, while others may do 10 every 5 minutes. All ages and skill levels are welcome; participants can do traditional push-ups, wall push-ups, knee push-ups or other modified forms. JFCS offers a range of programs to help youth, teens, adults and seniors cope with long and short-term mental health challenges. Many of these services are offered without any reimbursement, so philanthropy and community support ensure that JFCS can continue to offer assistance to all who are in need. Push for Mental Health will take place from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. The push-up challenge will take place from 10 a.m. – noon at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Fun ways to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s South Shore

Although the South Shore Walk to End Alzheimer’s isn’t until Oct. 15, there remain a number of fundraising events before then for you to enjoy and support. Each is open to the public, and all proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization supporting research for a cure.

Diagnosis for 9.22.22: Checking the pulse of Florida health care news and policy

Welcome back to Diagnosis, a vertical that focuses on the crossroads of health care policy and politics. Less than one week after the members of the Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine meet jointly in Tallahassee to discuss the headline-grabbing issue of gender-affirming care the members of the Joint Rules/Legislative Committee will have the proposed language to consider for approval when they meet in Tampa Oct. 6.