DOCTORS HOSPITAL EARNS AN A GRADE FOR PATIENT SAFETY

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has been recognized for patient safety with an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading patient safety experts and administered by a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog.

Please join Flordia Medical Retreat is congratulating Doctors Hospital on this outstanding recognition.

Doctors Hospital Achieves Robotic Spine Surgery Milestone

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota recently completed 100 Mazor Robotics Tenaissance guidance system procedures, performed by the team of Dr. Tan Ly and Dr. Thomas Sweeney. The Mazor technology allows spine surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures on patients who previously were not considered good surgical candidates.

Fourth Year in a Row – Doctors Hospital Nationally Recognized Among Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

For the fourth year in a row, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine. This year, Doctors Hospital was the highest ranking healthcare provider in the state of Florida.

 

 “We are tremendously proud to receive public recognition of what I witness on a daily basis,” says Theresa Levering, VP of Human Resources at Doctors Hospital. “The dedication to quality, compassionate care is demonstrated not only with our patients and their families, but also with each other. It is just our culture.”

 According to Modern Healthcare Magazine, the Best Places to Work in Healthcare program recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level for enabling employees to perform at their optimal level to provide patients and customers with the best possible care and services.

American College of Radiology Recognizes Doctors Hospital of Sarasota…Again!

 

Doctors Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This marks the eighth Accreditation awarded to the facility.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

“We are committed to meeting and exceeding the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety set forth by the American College of Radiology,” says Kay Adkins, Director of Imaging & Cardiovascular Services. “From the training and qualifications of our clinical professionals to equipment requirements, quality assurance and quality control procedures, we have demonstrated our dedication to our patients and the community and are proud to be recognized for those efforts.”  

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Doctors Hospital in bringing you the very best. If you would like more information about Doctors Hospital of Sarasota or Florida Medical Retreat, contact us.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota to Hold Women's Health Expo

 

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota to Hold Women's Health Expo

On Thursday, October 25 from 5 to 7 pm, Doctors Hospital will be holding a free Women's Health Expo in the Hospital auditorium (5741 Bee Ridge Road) featuring cholesterol screening, blood pressure readings, Body Mass Index (BMI) readings, DEXA Bone Density Heal Scan (must RSVP before Oct. 18), stress reduction techniques, smile evaluation, life enhancement and wellness information and health light bites.  To RSVP or for more event info, call 888.685.1596.  www.doctorsofsaraota.com

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Named Among Top Orthopedic Programs in the Nation - Again

 

Florida Medical Retreat is pleased to share hospital member, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota's lastest award. Once again, Doctors Hospital has been named among the Top 101 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review.

After analyzing data from highly regarded organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades and Thomson Reuters, as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Magnet status and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for Blue Distinction status, the editorial staff identified Doctors Hospital of Sarasota to be a national leader in orthopedic treatment.

In addition to examining rankings and accolades, the team at Becker’s performed additional research into each hospital and analyzed the list with industry experts. To be included, hospitals are required to have an emphasis on patient-centered care.

            “The physicians and staff of our orthopedic team work hard every day to provide high quality care in a uniquely specialized environment,” says William Troy, RN, Director of Orthopedic Services at Doctors Hospital. “Our patients are treated by some of the most well respected surgeons in our community and the nation. In addition, we want to make everyone as comfortable as possible. From private suites to concierge services, we take care of everything so that the only thing the patient has to focus on is healing.”        

For more information please contact us!

Sarasota’s First ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence is at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has been designated as Sarasota’s first Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

By awarding Doctors Hospital the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes our Breast Care Center as having earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

“Achieving BICOE status shows the level of commitment our hospital has to fighting breast disease, a social cause and movement that has grown significantly, says Alberto Righi, MD. “It demonstrates that we are performing at a high level and that we are doing our best for the benefit of our patients.”

“Our team of clinical professionals is dedicated to providing each patient with high quality, compassionate care,” says Kay Adkins, Director of the Breast Care Center. “It is exciting to be the first in our area to be recognized as a Center of Excellence, but it is truly rewarding to know that we are consistently doing what is right for our community,”

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that we have achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

 For more information on the Breast Care Center at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, please contact Melissa Morgan at 941-342-1012 or 941-809-9130.

One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals – Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Florida Medical Retreat is pleased to share with you that Doctors Hospitals has been named one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters! Congratulations!

Sarasota, Florida - - (April 16, 2012) - - Doctors Hospital of Sarasota was today named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals ® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“We are thrilled to bring this prestigious award to the Sarasota community,” says Robert Meade, CEO, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. “We are proud to be recognized again for our continual improvement and high standards of patient care and satisfaction.”

In addition to being named among the Top 100 in the nation, Doctors Hospital also received the Everest Award. Everest winners are both a 100 Top Hospital current performance winner and one of the 100 most improved hospitals on their five-year trend performance. 

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

“This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners has shifted significantly, with Texas, Florida, and California housing the most winners,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President at Thomson Reuters.  ”A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again.”

 Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, we found that if all hospitals performed at the level of this year’s winners:

         More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.

         Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free.

         More than $4.3 billion could be saved.

         The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

 We based this analysis on the Medicare patients included in this study. If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

 

 

Humanitatian Award Given to Thomas Sweeney, II, M.D. PhD

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to announce Thomas Sweeney, II, MD, was recently awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award. This award is the highest honor a physician can receive at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA, this award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

Thomas Sweeney, MD, PhD is a fellowship trained spine surgeon. In addition to being an excellent physician with a caring and compassionate nature, he is also an active humanitarian. Dr. Sweeney travels to St. Martin to provide healthcare to the underprivileged and is also helping to build a hospital there for those in need.

Florida Medical Retreat is proud and honored to work with Dr. Sweeney and congratulate him on this outstanding award!


Single-Incision Robotic Surgery Now Available in Sarasota at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Single-Incision Robotic Surgery Now Available in Sarasota at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota - Minimally Invasive Surgery has Taken Another Step Forward

 Sarasota, Florida (March 28, 2012) - - Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is proud to be bring single-incision robotic surgery to Sarasota. Yesterday, John Nora, MD performed our first robot-assisted single-incision gallbladder removal utilizing the revolutionary da Vinci Si® surgical robot.

 “The benefits of the Single-Site robotic surgery are being realized,” said Dr. Nora, General and Vascular Surgeon. “The surgery results in minimal pain, a faster recovery and return to work for the patient as well as a virtually invisible scar masked by the belly-button.”

 “To be on the forefront of this technically advanced surgery is an example of our commitment to our patients and our leadership in providing our community the latest, minimally invasive surgical options,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

 Each year, about one million people in the United States will undergo gallbladder removal. Thanks to the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the da Vinci Si® single-incision gallbladder removal this past December, many of these patients will benefit from the minimal scarring, less pain, less bleeding and faster recovery of robot-assisted gallbladder removal.

 While the traditional da Vinci Si® gallbladder removal required only four small incisions, this latest advancement in technology allows the whole procedure to be completed through one incision at the belly button. This is especially good news for women that may have concerns about scarring. Gallstones, which can lead to the need for gallbladder removal, occur twice as often in women.

 Doctors Hospital of Sarasota offers many types of robotic-assisted surgeries. In addition to gallbladder removal, our surgeons utilize the da Vinci Si® in urology, gynecology, general surgery, and oncology procedures. Doctors Hospital also offers a wide range of non-robotic, minimally invasive surgeries.

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and be able to offer their outstanding state-of-the-art robotic surgeries.  For more information, contact Florida Medical Retreat.

 

Dr. Thomas Sweeney and Dr. Tan Ly to speak at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Dr. Thomas Sweeney and Dr. Tan Ly will be speaking about Spine procedures at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Light refreshments will be served and seating is limited, call today to reserve your spot! 5741 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 Medical office building adjacent to Doctors Hospital.

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Doctors Hospital, Dr. Sweeney and Southeastern Spine Center. Dr. Sweeney specializes in minimally invasive Endoscopic Spine surgery, decompression, fusion and instrumentation up to three levels is performed with the Atavi@ System.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sweeney contact us or visit www.floridamedicalretreat.com

 

American College of Radiology Recognizes Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Doctors Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT), Nuclear Medicine and MRI as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

 The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

“Obtaining the ACR Accreditation signifies that our facility provides essential imaging services to our community at the highest level of image quality and safety,” says Kay Adkins, Director of Imaging & Cardiovascular Services. “It shows that our facility meets their requirements for equipment quality control, quality assurance, image superiority, and continuing education for staff and physicians. We are committed to delivering quality patient care and services that our consumers can trust.”   

CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body. MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Dr. Thomas Sweeney to Speak at Doctors Hospital

Dr. Thomas  Sweeney, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Florida Medical Retreat partner physician will be speaking at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota on Tuesday, January 31st at 5:30pm. The lecture will be held in Doctors Hospital Auditorium.

For additional information please contact Crystal at (941) 552-3288 or (800) 643-0529.

Please join Florida Medical Retreat and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota for a fun golf event

Doctors Hospital is pleased to welcome professional golfer, Fred Funk for an afternoon of education and fun.  Mr. Funk will share his personal experience with joint replacement surgery and how it allowed him to get back to his active lifestyle.  Local Orthopedic Surgeons will discuss topics including Arthritis of the hip and knee, knee replacement options and hip replacement options. 

The event will be held on Monday, November 14th from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Doctors Hospital, 5741 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota.  This event is free and open to the public.  Enjoy tasty treats from Evie’s Tavern, have your golf swing analyzed by GolfTec Sarasota and view specialty golf carts by Custom Carts.   To register or for more information, please call 1-888-685-1596 today!

Florida Medical Retreat and The Inn at Sarasota Bay Club will be sponsoring a table and giving away a fun golf themed gift basket. Be sure to stop by our table! We hope to see everyone there.

Dr. Edward Stolarski appointment to Chief of Orthopedics and Vice Chair of Surgery at Doctors Hospital

Florida Medical Retreat is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edward Stolarski of Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center to Chief of Orthpedics and Vice Chair of Surgery at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. 

Dr. Edward Stolarski is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, ACGME accredited Adult Reconstruction Fellowship trained, National and International surgeon educator on Anterior total hip and revision surgery. Dr. Stolarski has published several articles and textbook chapters in orthopedic literature.

For more information on Dr. Stolarski please contact Florida Medical Retreat.

 

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Named in the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Sarasota, Florida (September 6, 2011) - - Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is pleased to announce that we have been named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for the third year in a row by Modern Healthcare Magazine. Our ranking this year will be made public on October 18th.

 “This recognition means so much because it is based not only on the care we provide, but also on the feedback of our employees,” says Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. “We are able to provide the high quality medical care that we are known for because the employees of our organization know that we are committed to their wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of our patients.”

 According to Modern Healthcare Magazine, the Best Places to Work in Healthcare program recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level for enabling employees to perform at their optimal level to provide patients and customers with the best possible care and services.

Ask a partner with Florida Medical Retreat, we are pleased to congratulate Doctor's Hospital of Sarasota on this outstanding accomplishment!

 

About Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is a 155-bed, acute care facility serving the healthcare needs of Sarasota County residents. Doctors Hospital is a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center and a Society for Chest Pain Centers Accredited Chest Pain Center as well as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Best Places to Work for the second year in a row. In addition, Doctors Hospital has been recognized by the Joint Commission for Advanced Heart Failure, Spinal Fusion, and Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee.

Facing surgery? Preparation is everthing - Part III

One of the busiest doctors on the orthopedic floor is Dr. Edward Stolarski. He was an electrical engineer before he became a surgeon. Stolarski is proficient in a relatively new hip replacement method. He is also an international educator in the anterior method, which involves approaching the hip joint through the front of the thigh. The technique involves working between the muscles and tissues. No muscles or tendons are cut, healing is rapid and the pain of sitting on an incision site is avoided.

Stolarski is a candid and forthright man. When he speaks, he keeps his eyes focused on yours.

"Here's what I look for in a patient," he says. "I want people to be at their wits' end. You don't need to suffer so badly that you can't get to the toilet or refrigerator, though. The perfect example is this: I won't do your hip replacement so you can play tennis, but you may be able to play tennis after you get your hip replacement.

"When your hip is bad enough so you can't exercise to take care of your heart, when the pain is bad enough and you feel it's warranted and that line in the sand has been crossed, you tell me when to replace your hip. Your X-rays also have to be bad enough that I agree with you.

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Facing Surgery? Preparation is everything - Part II

Once a surgeon has agreed that your physical condition warrants intervention, the preparation begins. You will have a pre-op examination at the hospital, which may take more than an hour. It is intensely thorough. Then, physical preparation often starts with an exercise program you do on your own at home or at your gym. The object is to improve both your cardiac fitness and muscle tone.

The second important element is education. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota gives a two-hour class in preparation for surgery every Wednesday, open to both patients and caregivers. Jacqueline Gould, clinical nurse manager of the orthopedic and oncology unit, gives the class and moderates questions.

"We try to decrease patients' anxiety and fear and alleviate the concern about not knowing what to expect," she says. "Before surgery, patients can absorb information better because they are not on medication nor have they received anesthesia."

You will be encouraged to get a family member or friend involved at this stage so they can be better able to help with the healing process. Your support person, Gould says, "needs to know what to expect when you go home, what to prepare, and how to arrange the house."

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Doctors Hospital Announces New Members to the Board of Trustees

Sarasota, Florida (June 23, 2011) - - Doctors Hospital is pleased to announce that Richard S. Duckworth, M.D. and Nicholas Gladding, Esq. will serve on the hospital’s Board of Trustees. 

Richard S. Duckworth, M.D. is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has been practicing in Sarasota for 29 years.  He attended the University of Michigan Medical School where he received his M.D. cum laude in 1975.  Dr. Duckworth went on to complete his Internship and Residency at the University of Michigan in 1978.  In 1994, he became one of the founding members of Intercoastal Medical Group, which has grown to be a successful, 67-member multispecialty group.  Dr. Duckworth currently serves as the chairman of Intercostal’s Quality Improvement Committee and is a member of the American College of Physicians.

Nicholas Gladding, Esq. is an experienced environmental lawyer with the regional law firm of Adams and Reese, LLP.  In 2008, Mr. Gladding was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the Florida Energy and Climate Commission which has provided him an opportunity to help create new jobs, help the climate, and enhance National Security.  In July 2009, Governor Crist named Mr. Gladding a volunteer "Point of Light" for his work on energy issues.  He has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium and as a member of the Policy Board of the Florida Solar Energy Center.

Mr. Gladding received his B.A. from Yale University in 1967, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1970. After law school, he served four years in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, and for two years he was an instructor of military law and procedure at the United States Naval Justice School.  In the local community, Mr. Gladding serves as Chair and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member, member of Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence (SCOPE).  He also chairs the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and serves on the advisory board of Mote Marine Laboratory.

“These new board members reflect the hospital’s commitment to excellence and we look forward to their expertise as we continue to deliver high-quality healthcare,” said Robert Meade, CEO.

Physician Spotlight - Dr. Storlaski

Edward Stolarski, MD is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with advanced training in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements and complex revisions. Dr. Stolarski's focus on minimally invasive technologies has led him to become an industry leader and developer of new approaches which help patients quickly get back to an active lifestyle.

Dr. Storlarski completed his ACGME accredited Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He then practiced at the Cleveland Clinic where he played a large role in the development of their joint program. Dr. Stolarski has published various articles and textbook chapters in orthopedic literature and serves as a national and international surgeon educator on the anterior total hip and revision surgery. In 2007, Dr. Stolarski was named the Physician of the Year at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Additionally, in 2010, Dr. Stolarski was appointed to a two-year term as a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Adult Reconstruction- Hip Program Subcomittee.

Dr. Stolarski loves spending time with his two sons playing hocky, fishing and boating. He has a great passion for his work, enjoys the complexity of problematic joint replacements, and knows the patients he helps go on to enjoy full, active lives.

 

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