Sarasota Memorial secures approval for £345m hospital in Florida

WCN Editorial Team 13 Jun 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has secured a zoning amendment approval from the Venice City Council for a new $437m (£345m) hospital in Venice, Florida.

The hospital will be built on a 65-acre site, located at the intersection of Laurel and Pinebrook roads near I-75 had been zoned for a shopping centre.

The City Council claims to have given the approval unanimously, allowing SMH to build the hospital and related healthcare facilities at the site.

SMH Venice president Sharon Roush said: “This is a pivotal day for our health system and the community. We are excited about the new hospital and the exceptional care it will bring to the residents of Venice and south county.”

After breaking ground in April, the SMH-Venice campus secured permits to begin land clearing and deep foundation work.

Last month, the Planning Board approved SMH’s site and development plans pending approval of the zoning amendment.

The new campus’ construction is expected to take two-and-a-half years and will initially cover 48 acres on the eastern side of the parcel, including a five-storey, 365,000ft² hospital, with 110 private rooms and 28-bed emergency centre.

It will also include a two-storey, 60,000ft² medical office building along with related support structures and service area. The site will also have an adjacent parking garage and surface parking lots.

The new hospital will offer a full suite of medical and surgical care ranging from cardiology unit/catheterization lab, critical care/intensive care unit, emergency care, endoscopy & other procedural areas, gastroenterology, labour & delivery/post-partum unit, laboratory/diagnostic testing, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, oncology, orthopaedics, pulmonology, imaging/radiology, urology and more.

SMH stated that that the new Venice hospital will be hurricane hardened and will be seamlessly connected to electronic medical records and information technology.

The new building has been designed to be flexible and can be expanded with increase in patients, from 110 to 270 beds, a 50-bed emergency centre, expanded surgical suites and treatment areas along with additional medical office buildings on the west side of the campus.

The new campus will also generate hundreds of jobs during construction phase and more than 500 employees are expected to work once the hospital opens.

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Image: Ariel view of the new Venice hospital site. Photo: Courtesy of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

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