SMH Begins Building $75 Million Research Facility

Monday, July 17, 2023

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is taking a significant step forward with the initiation of a $75 million Research and Education Institute. The aim of this project is to expand clinical research opportunities and create an innovative interdisciplinary learning environment for physicians, nurses, and researchers. The new institute, expected to open in 2025 next to the health system's hospital in Sarasota, Florida, will span five stories and cover 80,000 square feet.

The primary objective of the Research and Education Institute is to encourage collaboration and discovery in medical education and research. By bringing together skilled physicians, clinical investigators, and nurse educators, the institute will centralize various activities under one roof, providing a conducive setting for physicians, researchers, and clinicians to work collaboratively in a state-of-the-art research and education environment.

In addition to facilitating clinical trials and research studies, the institute will offer a range of education programs. It will also feature a cutting-edge simulation center that will enhance hands-on training opportunities for physicians, nurses, and students who are acquiring expertise in new treatments and technologies.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has gained recognition as one of the top 40 teaching hospitals in the nation, as listed by Fortune/Merative. It serves as a training ground for the next generation of healthcare providers and partners with Florida State University as its academic collaborator. The health system's Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine residencies, along with its Palliative Medicine fellowship programs, attract and retain physicians, contributing to the healthcare workforce in Florida and the surrounding region. Notably, almost half of the resident physicians choose to continue their careers at Sarasota Memorial, while approximately 70% remain in Florida.

The substantial growth of the health system's research and education programs. Each year, nearly 70 resident physicians and fellows complete their residency and fellowship training. Sarasota Memorial's reputation for research is also expanding, with over 50 active studies currently underway. The health system collaborates with clinical investigators in the local community, as well as academic partners and research facilities across the nation, to provide the necessary infrastructure for conducting studies in various specialties.

The establishment of the Research and Education Institute underscores Sarasota Memorial Health Care System's commitment to advancing medical knowledge, promoting collaboration, and offering exceptional education and research opportunities for healthcare professionals.



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