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The hospital will offer a full array of medical and surgical care.

Venice City Council this week approved a zoning amendment that gave a green light to Sarasota Memorial’s development plans. This applies to its new Venice hospital.

With this week’s vote, the city council unanimously approved SMH’s request to allow a hospital and related healthcare facilities to build on the site. The decision followed two uncontested public hearings and strong support from community and city leaders.

SMH broke ground on the hospital campus in April and obtained permits to begin land clearing and deep foundation work. On May 7, the Planning Board approved SMH’s site and development plans pending approval of the zoning amendment. Construction expects to take two and a half years with a total project cost of $437 million.
It will offer a full array of medical and surgical care, including a cardiology unit/catheterization lab; critical care/intensive care unit; emergency care; endoscopy and other procedural areas; gastroenterology; labor and delivery/post-partum unit; laboratory/diagnostic testing; nephrology; neurology/neurosurgery; oncology; orthopedics; pulmonology; imaging/radiology; urology and more. SMH-Venice hospital will be hurricane hardened. It will have a seamless connection to SMH’s electronic medical records and information technology.

The campus expects to generate hundreds of jobs during construction, and more than 500 employees will work at the facility when it opens. Located about halfway between Sarasota and North Port off I-75, the campus also will bring SMH’s extensive physician base further south, which in turn will help build the medical staff for a future hospital in North Port. For architectural renderings, building animation and more information, visit smh.com/venicehospitalupdates

Sarasota Magazine

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