Sarasota Memorial Hospital opens new tower

Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s $250 million improvement project will be finished this week, as the hospital begins moving the first of several medical units into its new Courtyard Tower.

The nine-story structure will replace 220 beds and operations that, in some cases, date to the early 1950s. In their place, the hospital has installed state-of-the art equipment and technology designed to meet the community’s evolving health care needs.

More than a decade in planning and construction, the new bed tower comes as health care providers throughout Florida and the nation are trying to differentiate themselves with improved services.

The Courtyard Tower’s two-floor lobby, with an information desk, patient registration area, pre-admission center and other services, opened in April.

On Monday, the hospital’s orthopaedic unit will move to the ninth floor, followed by the hospital’s mother-baby unit to the sixth floor on Sept. 24.

Cardiac acute and cardiac progressive units are scheduled to relocate to the tower in October, and the labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care units will complete their moves in early November.

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