SMH Receives State Approval for Laurel Road Facility



Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has received approval from the state to move ahead with its new hospital in Venice. Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration issued a final order granting the long-awaited "Certificate of Need,” which will allow SMH to open a new 90-bed acute care facility on Laurel Road. The approval is the last big hurdle in the multi-year application and approval process. Ultimately, AHCA agreed that SMH’s new facility will improve south county residents’ access to high-quality, affordable care and ease capacity challenges at its main Sarasota campus due to the large increase in patient volumes in recent years. Meanwhile, Sarasota Memorial continues to move full steam ahead with planning, designing and building the new 65-acre hospital campus. The efforts will be led by new Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Laurel Road President Sharon Roush. It will take about three years to build the new hospital, which will have 90 acute-care beds, 20 beds for observation patients and an Emergency Care Center with 25 treatment rooms.

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