SMH Announces Reopenings Post-Irma

Hurricane Irma


Sarasota Memorial Hospital and its freestanding Emergency Room in North Port are open and serving a record number of patients from the southwest Florida region. 

SMH’s main hospital in Sarasota and its freestanding ER in North Port remained fully functional on backup generator power throughout Hurricane Irma, caring for 500-plus patients and providing shelter for more than 2,500 people. SMH also sheltered more than 100 pets for staff who worked through the storm—mostly dogs and cats, but also two bunnies and a rather large tortoise.

SMH activated a number of contingency plans, including evacuating patients from its behavioral health hospital on Osprey Avenue to the main hospital, but never lost power or sustained damage that hampered its operations. The hospital closed its outpatient locations before tropical winds arrived, and worked with physicians to reschedule any non-urgent elective surgeries.

Venice, Stickney Point and Heritage Harbour Urgent Care Centers reopened earlier this week with normal hours, as is the SMH Community Specialty Clinic (for uninsured/underinsured patients) and the HealthFit fitness center on Sarasota Memorial’s Clark Road. The following resume normal hours and services today: The University Parkway Urgent Care Center; Outpatient services at Heritage Harbour and Blackburn Point health care centers; University Parkway outpatient services; most First Physicians Group offices; Cape Outpatient Surgery; Cattleridge imaging services.

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