WestJet Connects Canada, Gulf Coast

Toronto and Sarasota will soon be just one cheap plane ride apart. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport officials announced Monday that Canadian airline WestJet, a low-cost carrier, will begin nonstop service between the two cities starting in December. For the tourism industry on the Gulf Coast, that means a stronger connection with the entire Canada market at a time when visitation from the Great White North has grown increasingly important.

“This is very exciting for Canadian customers traveling to our beautiful Gulf Coast communities,” said SRQ airport President and CEO Fredrick Piccolo, “and will provide additional opportunities for locals to explore Canada and other destinations worldwide.”

WestJet starting Dec. 18 will offer nonstop service on Fridays and Sundays between SRQ and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The flights will be offered seasonally, running through April 29. Flights will be on a Boeing 737-700 with 136 seats. Morning flights are scheduled to depart Toronto at 8:05am and land in Sarasota at 11:06am, with afternoon flights departing Sarasota at 11:55am and landing in Toronto at 2:39pm.

Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, said more visitors to Sarasota County originate from Toronto than any other international city, and the city is the seventh-most important origin city to the county. Since Oct.1, around 72,000 visitors to the county have come from Canada, compared to some 25,000 from the United Kingdom and 18,000 from Central European nations (Germany, Switzerland and Austria). She said WestJet should open access to more Canadians as well. “This is the first time a low-fare carrier comes from this market,” she said. “If ever there is a complaint from Canadian visitors, especially from Toronto, it’s that they feel they have to go to Buffalo for low-fare alternatives.” 

In Manatee County, tourism officials say Canada still trails Europe in terms of importance as far as visitors. In the first quarter of the year, for example, some 14,530 visitors originated from Europe while 14,050 came from Canada. But Elliot Falcione, director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Center, said getting the WestJet connection may be most important to the area as a means to serve seasonal residents who live in Toronto but winter in Sarasota. With the nonstop flight, Falcione said a concerted effort would be made toward boosting travel from Toronto to Manatee County. “With these additional flights in and out of Toronto, we will look at putting more advertising and public relations in that area,” he said. 



Sarasota Memorial has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV Healthcare, one of the leading accrediting organizations in the nation. The certification shows that Sarasota Memorial meets the highest standards of stroke care, from diagnosis and treatment to research, rehabilitation and education.

Please join us in congratulating Sarasota Memorial on this achievement.


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.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital ranks among 50 “Best Hospitals” for GYN Services,

Once again, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only local hospital to make the grade on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" list, this year ranking #48 in Gynecology and recognized as "high performing" in six additional specialties. On a state and metropolitan level, U.S. News again ranked Sarasota Memorial #1 in the Sarasota-Bradneton region and #6 (up from #8 in 2012) among Florida's 271 hospitals.

Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie attributed the national recognition to the dedication and diligence its physicians, nurses and staff demonstrate every day.

Each year, U.S. News evaluates the nation's 5,000 hospitals and ranks the top 50 in 16 adult specialities. U.S. News also recognizes "high-performing" hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

Please join us in congratulating SMH for their achievements. 

SMH Announces New Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Unveils “Hybrid” Operating Room


Sarasota Memorial Hospital (www.smh.com) named cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Sell as its new Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery. Sell is a specialist in congenital heart disease, and pediatric and transplant surgery. Sarasota Memorial also unveiled a new “hybrid” operating room, which will allow surgeons, cardiologists and other specialists to collaborate in one setting, minimizing the number of invasive procedures for complex conditions. Sell will begin working at the hospital in March, and the new operating room will be ready for use in January.

The Power of 3... Robots




With its technologically advanced i-Suites, the largest and most experienced group of multi-specialty robotic surgeons in the region and the recent arrival of the latest generation da Vinci surgical robot, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is enabling more surgeons to perform more complex procedures on more patients using a minimally invasive approach. 

Sarasota Memorial's third surgical robot – the da Vinci Si boasting the latest robotic options and features – was delivered Oct. 29 and is now hard at work in the hospital's minimally invasive operating suites. Sarasota Memorial was the first to pioneer robotic surgery in southwest Florida, and now has more than 22 robotic surgeons who have performed more than 2,000 procedures in an ever-growing field of specialties– cardiovascular, thoracic, gynecology, urology, oncology and general surgery. It is the only hospital in the region with so many experienced robotic surgeons and now three robotic operating suites to ensure a comprehensive range of minimally invasive surgical options are available to patients when they need them. 

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and bring cutting edge technology to our clients.

For more information about robotic surgery or Sarasota Memorial's robotic surgeons, call our HealthLine at (941) 917-7777 or visit our website at: www.smh.com/robotics


Sarasota Hospital part of drug chain's innovation

With the folks at Medicare putting a spotlight on the problem of re-admissions- older patients with chronic illnesses making repeat visits to the hospital when they should be getting better- all kinds of experiments are under way to mend the missed connections between hospital room and home.

One of these, a prescription drug coordination model by Walgreens called WellTransitions, has been refined recently at a handful of U.S. hospitals, including Sarasota Memorial. The idea is to make pharmacists part of the discharge process, so that patients leave the hospital with all the new meds they've been prescribed, and a better idea of what to do with them.

Medical estimates that preventable hospital readmissions cost the system some $25 million a year, and confusion over medications is a major contributor to the problem. WellTransitions- which so far has involved a pilot program of more than 180 heart failure patients as Sarasota Memorial- is designed to follow the patient home from the hospital, from bedside drug delivery to regular phone consultations with a pharmacists.

Walgreens plans to roll out the program nationwide, first to the 150 hospitals where the company has on-site pharmacies. Sarasota Memorial was selected for the pilot project because of a relationship that goes back to 2009, said Joel Wright, vice president for health systems operations at Walgreens.

"And with their success at reducing readmissions, they were a natural fit," Wright said. "They have a very clear focus on quality, and it's hard to work with a system if that is not a clear focus."

Wright acknowledged that handling a sheaf of new prescriptions, often bearing new names for generic versions of old drugs, can be daunting.

"For the general population those are very challenging words to pronounce", he said. "You almost have to be a medical professional to read a prescription."

Compounding the difficulty is a lack of coordination between health care providers for any given patient.

"There's a handful of problems that we really struggle with as a health care system",  Wright said. "Many patient use multiple pharmacies. Physicians and hospitals don't have access to the patient's medication list at the time of new program, he said aims to make those connections - even working with other drugstore companies to make sure patients get their meds.

Spence Hudon, clinical manager of Sarasota Memorial's inpatient heart failure unit, said WellTransitions has expanded Walgreen's role from bedside delivery to "participation in medication education and reconciliation, discharge phone calls, and calls to the patients later in the 30 days post-discharge."

"Right now wer'e very focused on heart failure, " Wright said, "but we're looking at what other disease states can possibly be helped."

Original Post by Barbara Peters Smith, Sarasota Herald Tribune



For the 15th consecutive year, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was named the first choice for health care in the region, earning a Consumer Choice Award for the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice metropolitan area from the National Research Corporation.

The award for 2012-2013 identifies hospitals that health care consumers have chosen as having the best quality, best doctors/nurses and image ratings in more than 300 markets throughout the nation. Of the 3,200 hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), as defined by the US Census Bureau.


Florida Medical Retreat would like to congratulate Sarasota Memorial on this awesome achievement!


For more information on Sarasota Memorial Hospital or Florida Medical Retreat, contact us!

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.

Dr. John Sylvester, Radiation Oncologist


Dr. John Sylvester is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist with a sub-specialty in the treatment of prostate cancer including brachytherapy / seed therapy.

In August, Dr. Sylvester  was invited and participated on the Advisory board meeting for Provenge, (immune therapy/vaccine for metastatic hormone resistant prostate cancer), ASTRO annual radiation oncology meeting in Boston.

-          On Saturday, October 28th, Dr. Sylvester participated in the Myriad advisory board regarding a new prostate cancer prognostic procedure.


      The following day he gave a talk on Space OAR with IG-IMRT for prostate cancer at the investigators meeting. Dr. Sylvester also gave a talk on Endo-rectal Balloon use for IG-IMRT for Prostate cancer.

-          In addition, Dr. Sylvester had a paper accepted regarding THINStrand radioactive seeds for prostate cancer brachytherapy.

He continues to accrue patients to 2 separate research studies:

-          SpaceOAR for IG-IMRT low-intermediate risk prostate cancer  patients

-          IGRT + Cs-131 seeds for intermediate to high risk prostate cancer patients.

       For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sylvester, contact Florida Medical Retreat.

Healthgrades Report Ranks Sarasota Memorial Among Nation's Best

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and congratulate them on their great news.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (www.smh.com) has been listed among "America's 100 Best Hospitals" for stroke care, and was given a 5-star rating in heart, stroke, spine surgery and more than a dozen other specialties by American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation (www.healthgrades.com).

For additional information, please contact Florida Medical Retreat.


New Hearing Loop System Debuts

The opening night performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto will also be the inauguration of the newly installed Hearing Loop System at Sarasota Opera House.

To spotlight the new system, the Longboat Observer has published a profile of Sarasota Opera Guild member and Hearing Loop advocate Barbara Chertok!

Ms. Chertok discusses how opera continued to be a life long passion even after losing her hearing at the age of 21, and shares her excitement at the installation of the new hearing loop system at the Opera House.

"Hearing Loop Systems are the ideal solution for people who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants to hear better in theaters . . . . A hearing loop is the only system that sends the sound of a voice or instrument  from a microphone directly into a hearing aid or cochlear implant for the clearest, most superior sound currently possible." —Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota

To learn more about hearing loops, visit the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota website.

For more information about Cochlear implants please contact Florida Medical Retreat.

Original Post: Sarasota Opera

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

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Listed Among Nation’s Top Two Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia care

Florida Medical Retreat is thrilled to share this exciting news from our hospital member, Sarasota Memorial Hospital!

Sarasota Memorial Hospital was one of just two hospitals – out of more than 4,000 nationwide – singled out for demonstrating the lowest (best) readmission rates in the nation for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients.

Newly-released data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted on the government’s Hospital Compare website reveals mortality and re-admission rates for more than 4,600 hospitals nationwide. The data shows how often patients died or were readmitted within 30 days of discharge from a previous hospital stay for heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia.
Sarasota Memorial was one of only two hospitals in the nation to perform well-above the national average in all three readmission categories studied. The data, which covers a three-year period from July 2008 to June 2011, was posted this month on CMS’ Hospital Compare website; an analysis this week by Kaiser Health News spotlighted Sarasota Memorial and Citrus Memorial Hospital (Inverness, FL) as the only two hospitals in the nation that had better than average readmission rates for all three conditions.
According to the Kaiser study, only 1 percent of hospitals were labeled as better than average in heart attack (30 hospitals) or pneumonia cases (33 hospitals) and only 2 percent (94 hospitals) were labeled as better than average in heart failure.

The study, based on the most recent Medicare data available, showed that:
• 19.7 percent of heart attack patients were readmitted within 30 days of discharge
• 24.7 percent of heart failure patients were readmitted • 18.5 percent of pneumonia patients were readmitted
In comparison, readmission rates at Sarasota Memorial were 16.2 percent for heart attacks, 19.7 percent for heart failure and 15.6 percent for pneumonia. Sarasota Memorial also scored well on mortality rates for each of the three conditions.

The rates are all “risk-adjusted” — which means they take into account how sick patients were, to make sure hospitals of different sizes and with different patient populations can be compared fairly.

“Of all the achievements Sarasota Memorial has earned in recent years, we’re particularly proud of our low readmission rates,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie. “We have many quality goals, but among the most critical are reducing readmissions, complications and mortality.

“Achieving such low readmission rates is a tribute to everyone on our health care team and the continuum of care they provide. It means that we’re following up and communicating well with our patients, their families and each other to make sure everyone is on the same page, that everyone understands our patients’ diagnoses, their medications, their plans of care and how to care for themselves once they leave the hospital.”

Center For Sight First in Nation to Launch LensAR Laser for Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is about to undergo a revolutionary advance—shifting from the conventional hand-held blade—to an ultramodern blade-free, femtosecond laser procedure which can treat even the hardest cataracts in mere minutes. Not since the “no-stitch” cataract procedure has the ophthalmology profession experienced such a seismic shift in eye surgery; and it’s now in Sarasota.

For nearly two years Center For Sight founder and CEO, David Shoemaker, M.D., has been cautiously monitoring developments related to the use of femtosecond lasers in cataract surgery with a keen interest in the technology offered through the LensAR Laser System designed by LensAR, Inc., an Orlando-based company. He was among a select group of 18 ophthalmologists from the U.S. and abroad who recently traveled to Lima, Peru to help deploy the technology in that country. While there, he performed laser cataract surgery on 20 patients with very dense cataracts and was amazed with the flawless execution of this amazing technology. He will perform the first LensAR Laser Cataract procedure in the United States on August 1st.

“There is no doubt the LensAR Laser System will result in safer and more predictable outcomes for patients throughout the world,” says Dr. Shoemaker. “It is rare to experience a true ‘Wow!’ moment in medicine, and that is exactly what this laser does. We couldn’t be more excited to bring this technology to Sarasota.”

With Laser Cataract Surgery, the hand-held blade will be limited to a supporting role. The LensAR Laser System uses the most advanced scanning beam technology ever offered to surgeons. The system employs a proprietary, high resolution 3D-CSI measurement device combined with an advanced femtosecond laser designed to deliver laser pulse placement and surgical incisions with unsurpassed precision.

“LensAR Laser System has been successfully used outside the U.S. with excellent clinical success and reliability,” says Dr. Shoemaker. “It’s a privilege to be the first in country to offer the genius of this laser technology to our patients.”

For more information, please contact Florida Medical Retreat.

For a great vacation in Sarasota, there's an app for that!

By Virginia Haley, President of Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) has been in the digital driver's seat for more than 15 years.

We understood early that digital marketing would be a fundamental tool in our campaign to market the vacation possibilities on Florida's Gulf Coast. This understanding was reflected in our decision to invest heavily in online advertising, social media and email marketing years ago. Like many destination management organizations, the SCVB didn't enter into digital lightly. We came prepared with strategies that captured interaction metrics and tactics for anticipating new consumer touch points.

The Web is a steady resource for visitors researching destinations, booking flights and hotels and deciding what to do once when they arrive at their destination. That's why Sarasotafl.org is designed to encapsulate all the vacation possibilities Sarasota County has to offer, while making the online experience seamless.

The site highlights the award-winning Sarasota County beaches, including the recently ranked No. 1 beach in the nation, Siesta Beach, of course, as well as culinary delights, arts and cultural events and eco-adventures. Visitors can search for content by location or by theme, making everything from finding the perfect hotel for you and your pet to planning the best excursion for your family as easy as possible.

Best of all, visitors can easily navigate the robust website thanks to menu sliders that stay in place so visitors know exactly "where they are" and can see "where they want to go." And since online travel bookings account for more than a third of the total travel marketplace, according to a PhoCusWright travel industry report, once visitors have crystallized their ideal Sarasota vacation, they then can book their flights, hotel and transportation right on the site.

With the percentage of smartphone users spiking nationally to 35 percent in 2011, we knew it was time to take our mobile marketing to the next level. According to Pew Internet & American Life Project's Smartphone Adoption and Usage Study in 2011, 25 percent of smartphone users said their smartphone was their main tool for Internet access. We wanted to take advantage of that trend with an application for mobile devices that made Sarasota County vacations even better by connecting the dots between vacationers and our diverse areas and events.

We went straight to the source to build an app that gave travelers the inside scoop on everything about Sarasota County. We interviewed travelers and hotel concierges and analyzed web metrics and travel research. Then, we prioritized functionality to settle on the features — places, deals, and events — that would make any traveler fall for the app. To capture the exciting new brand that was launched in 2011, the design used vibrant photos as well as color-coded themes throughout its interface. Our prototypes were rolled out to CVB partners and test audiences to gauge reaction and perfect the app.

The Visit Sarasota iPhone app launched in September 2011 and quickly snagged a 5-star rating in the App Store. Best of all, visitors had Sarasota County — whether they were planning a trip or already here — right at their fingertips.

The features travelers use most are the social sharing, events and deals — all of which can be filtered by their interests. Now, visitors know about events and activities across the entire destination, not just the street or even the island their hotel is on. The app, along with overall marketing initiatives, helped to increase market share of first-time visitors.

As for overall website results, we've seen more great news. For all of 2011, page views on the site are up by more than 23 percent to over 5 million, and people are averaging more than four minutes per visit on the website — an increase of 8 percent from last year.

We've also seen a terrific boost in the Arts & Culture sections of the website, which increased page view 43 percent for the October-to-January period, proving that our niche marketing focus is paying off.


Tennis Elbow - Part III by Christopher R. Sforzo, M.D.

Tennis Elbow: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Christopher R. Sforzo, M.D.

Board Certified - Fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgeon with Florida Medical Retreat

When conservative treatment has failed, usually after 6 months, then surgery is discussed. many procedures have been describe. Procedures as simple as percutaneous  release of the tendon off of the bone have been described and more recently arthroscopic procedures or other procedures involving the joint and resection of a ligament as well have been described.

The most popular procedure today is a simple excision of diseased tissue from within the tendon, shaving down the bone and re-attachment of the tendon. This can be performed as an outpatient procedure with regional anesthesia (where only the are goes to sleep) and through a relatively small incision of approximately 3" long. After surgery, a sterile bandage and splint is placed on the elbow. Patients will remain in a splint for about one week to allow the incision to heal. After that point, the splint is removed, and the patient can begin gentle motion of the wrist and elbow. 85-90% of patients with this technique are  typically able to perform full activities without pain after a recuperation of two to three months. Approximately 10-12% of patients have improvement but with some pain during aggressive activities and only 2-3% of patients have no improvement.

Tennis elbow is a very common and disabling problem. It is one of the most common conditions I see in my practice, and can sometimes be the most frustrating because of the persistence or recurrence of symptoms. Thankfully, only a small percentage of patients go on to need surgery. However, until the pain is under control, it can greatly curtail your active lifestyle.

For more information, to find out how Florida Medical Retreat and Dr. Sforzo can help you with your elbow pain today, contact us at (800) 643-0529.



Tennis Elbow - Part II with Dr. Christopher R. Sforzo

Tennis Elbow: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Part II

By Christopher R. Sforzo, M.D.

Board Certified - Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgeon with Florida Medical Retreat

Other causes of pain over the outside of the elbow include instability of the joint, elbow arthritis, and radial tunnel syndrome. The symptoms of these conditions are usually distinct, but in some cases they can be confusing. X-rays of patients who have the diagnosis of tennis elbow are almost always normal. Other studies such as an EMG or MRI are only obtained if there is confusion about the diagnosis.

Before surgery is considered, a trial of at least six months of conservative treatment is indicated and consists of a properly place forearm or wrist brace and modification of elbow activities. I have not found anti-inflammatory medication or physical therapy to be of significant value, although both can be used if desired. If the above treatment is not helpful, a cortisone injection can be beneficial but no more than three or four injections are recommended in any one location in a year.

Conservative treatment is in two phases. Phase I (pain relief): consists of activity modification, bracing, cortisone injections, and possibly anti-inflammatories and/or physical therapy. Phase II (prevention of recurrence): is equally as important and involves stretching and then later strengthening exercises, proper tennis form, grip size, and string tensioning, so the micro tears will not occur in the future. Stroke mechanics should be evaluated to ensure patients are hitting the ball in the center of the racquet and players should not lead the racquet with a flexed elbow. I will often encourage my patients to see a tennis pro/instructor for a swing and racquet evaluation. Approximately 70% of patients will by symptom free regardless of treatment in one year after symptoms begin. 

Some newer treatments that have been described include extracorporeal shock wave therapy and autologous blood injection. Shockwave therapy is a controversial treatment option for tennis elbow and recent studies have not shown it to be of any benefit. A recent article in the Journal of Hand Surgery reported the results of a small group of patients who underwent injection of their own blood into the location of lateral epicondylitis. More investigation is needed before this should be considered a standard treatment.

Stay tuned for Part III: When conservative treatment has failed.


Creating a Center for Excellence with Dr. David Shoemaker

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Dr. David Shoemaker and Center for Sight. Offering the best in Cataract and  Lens Implant  Surgery.

Center for Sight was founded nearly 25 years ago by David W. Shoemaker, MD, with a mission to be the best in the world at bringing clear vision to life through caring and trusting relationships and the pursuit of excellence in eye care. His goal was to provide comprehensive eye care and surgery in a way that delivered unsurpassed results and exceeded patients' expectations.

When most cataract surgery was being performed in a hospital, and outpatient surgery was looked upon questionably, Dr. Shoemaker knew that he could create a better experience for patients and achieve improved visual outcomes by creating a center for excellence in vision. More than 100,000 cataract procedures later, Center For Sight's experience has proven to be a differentiator for the practice, and the dedication to the patient's experience is even stronger.

Today, Dr. Shoemaker still serves as the center's chairman and CEO, and his partner, William J. Lahners, MD, serves as the medical director.  With nearly 200 employees and 20 physicians serving patients in eight locations throughout Southwest Florida, Center For Sight strives to help every patient achieve his or her best personal visual outcome and to make him or her feel special along the way. 

Transforming the little things

Holding a patient's hand during surgery, wearing crisp white lab coats, providing courtesy transportation, combing all services on one easy-to-read billing statement, and providing personalized gift bags are the small things that add up to a great experience for the patient. Center For Sight's patients awarded more than 3,000 stars to staff members last year through the company's "Recognize a Star Program" and 98% of patients say they have referred a friend or family member to a Center For Sight physician. At Center For Sight, we pay attention to the details.

Original Post by James D. Dawes, MHA, COE, CMPE

For more information on how to schedule your Florida Medical Retreat with Dr. David Shoemaker at Center For Sight call (800) 643-0529 today! www.floridamedicalretreat.com



Sarasota Memorial Welcomes new OB/GYN specialist

SARASOTA (Sept. 7, 2011) –Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed a new OB/GYN physician into its First Physician Group (FPG) network. On Monday, Kristen Shepherd, MD, joined the obstetrics/gynecology practice of Drs. Ruth Dyal, Kelly Hamel, Neil Pollack, Michael Shroder and Greg Towsley, at 1921 Waldemere Street, Suite 802 (Waldemere Medical Plaza).
The group is part of First Physicians Group – a network of more than 72 primary and specialty care physicians employed by Sarasota Memorial to help fill the gaps caused by a shortage of primary care physicians in the region.
Dr. Shepherd is not new to FPG. During her third year as a medical student at Florida State University, she completed a rotation with the practice group. After receiving her medical degree from FSU, Dr. Shepherd completed her residency at the University of Florida-Jacksonville.
She is now accepting new patients. To make an appointment or for information about the practice, call 917-7888.
About Dr. Shepherd:
Medical Education: Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida
Residency: University of Florida at Jacksonville, Florida
Certification: Board Eligible, Obstetrics and Gynecology


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