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"This award is a reflection of the entire team’s dedication to providing the highest quality care to the community and people we serve."

- David Verinder, Sarasota Memorial

[Health]  SMH Only Florida Hospital With CMS 5-Star Rating
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this year awarded five-star ratings to only 52 hospitals in the country. But Sarasota serves as home to one of them. Sarasota Memorial Hospital for the fifth consecutive rating period in a row won the top rating. The Sarasota hospital was the only one in Florida to earn a 5-star rating from CMS.

Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder credited his staff with the honor. “From our unpaid Hospital Board to our front-line staff, physicians, volunteers and leaders, there’s a strong sense of community and responsibility that drives everything we do,” Verinder says. “This award is a reflection of the entire team’s dedication to providing the highest quality care to the community and people we serve.”

The rating puts SMH in the top 8 percent of hospitals nationwide. Kim Savage, SMH spokeswoman, says the hospital has a running goal to stay in the top 10 percent. The rating looks at a host of indicators, reported on a monthly, weekly and in some cases daily basis. The CMS rating in particular looks at mortality, readmission and infection rates, among other benchmarks.

Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota also ranked high, getting a four-star rating. Executives there stressed the measure was one of many used to assess hospital quality throughout the nation.

“The CMS star rating system is one of many quality measurements we use in our continual effort to maintain and improve the quality of medical care we provide,” says Robert Meade, CEO, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. “We are proud to have earned the Leapfrog A Rating for safety nine times in row. Our hardworking staff and physicians are committed to delivering exceptional and personalized care to our community.”

Similarly, SMH notes it was recently named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health.

CMS issues 3-star ratings to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Englewood Community Hospital, a 2-star rating to Blake Medical Center and a 1-star rating to Manatee Memorial Hospital and Venice Regional Bayfront Health. 

[Performance]  Moving Ethos Brings Collaborative Performance to Ringling Museum
Tricia Robustelli

In partnership with the Ringling Museum and on March 7, Moving Ethos dance company teams up with spoken word artist Cedric Hameed for a special collaborative performance, entitled Spoken Word, examining the issue of homelessness.

Leah Verier-Dunn, artistic director and cofounder of Moving Ethos, wanted to select an issue that affects Sarasota daily. “We wanted to find engagements that aren't only meaningful to us,” Verier-Dunn says, “but we felt were actually going to have an impact.” Collaborating with Hameed stems from the importance of working together as a community. “Anytime we get the chance to collaborate with other people in town,” says Verier-Dunn, “it also makes the voice of the statements louder.”

Booker High School will start the event with a musical performance from the students, inspired by ongoing discussions about homelessness in the community. Afterward, Hameed will ask questions of the audience addressing and engaging the topic, quickly creating a spoken word performance centered around their responses. Alongside, Moving Ethos will improvise a moving piece using Hameed’s words as accompaniment. No small feat, but the company prepares as it can. “We give ourselves different boundaries to stay within,” says Verier-Dunn, “in order to get the point across.” The greater question will be how the performance comes together as a whole. “The chance-taking is moreso in how will it all work together,” she says, “or how we will work with each other in this type of setting.”

In the end, Verier-Dunn hopes the gallery performance leads to some sort of community action. “My hope always is that it initiates some kind of conversation and it makes peoples’ minds work,” she says. “Is there a change they can make? Is there a hand to help? What change can they initiate to move themselves forward?”

Spoken Word comes to the Ringling Museum on March 7. 

Pictured: A member of Moving Ethos practices for the performance at Ringling Museum. Photo courtesy of Moving Ethos.

[Auteur ]  A Visionary Development Team

The latest in a decades-long record of creating standards setting residential and resort environments along Florida’s west coast, Auteur is the result of a partnership between Sarasota’s Ascentia Development Group (ADG) and GDI. “We wanted a lifestyle that fosters vibrant connections to the “New Sarasota,” notes the development team. “The cutting-edge cultural, culinary, fashion, and outdoor recreational scenes that surround Auteur at The Bay, Quay Sarasota, and Downtown are all within walking distance. Auteur’s programming, services and amenities will feature it all.” ADG President & Partner, Jay Tallman says, “The vision for Auteur led us to look beyond the usual resources and recruit the amazing ForrestPerkins to help create interiors, amenities and programming unlike any Sarasota has seen before.”  

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[Business]  Poolwerx Expands to Sarasota-Bradenton Area

With more than 10.4 million residential pools and 309,200 public swimming pools in the United States, especially concentrated in the Sun Belt region, homeowners and businesses alike are constantly looking for ways to maintain and protect their pools at an affordable price. To meet this growing demand, Poolwerx, a leading pool service franchise with more than 25 years of experience in the pool and spa industry, is expanding its business to North Sarasota, serving Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch areas. Managing these territories are Poolwerx newest franchise owners, husband and wife duo Amy and Stephen Schroeder. In addition to its fleet of mobile service and repair vehicles, Poolwerx Sarasota will have its grand opening at a new retail location located at 8436 North Lockwood Ridge Road on March 15 from 12pm to 5pm. 


[Business]  Deadline Looming for 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. The deadline to apply for this regional leadership-development program is Friday, March 15, at 11:59pm. Gulf Coast Leadership Institute is designed to identify, develop and connect aspiring and experienced leaders across the Gulf Coast region, from Boca Grande to Manatee County. Gulf Coast Community Foundation will select up to 26 individuals to take part in the 2019 class, which consists of seven training sessions from late April through late June. The foundation has commissioned the Leadership Development Institute of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg to provide this comprehensive training. Gulf Coast offers all training and resources at no cost to selected participants in exchange for their commitment to use their new skills for the long-term benefit of the community through service.

Selection criteria include leadership potential and participation in community and professional organizations. Professionals as well as community volunteers of all ages are encouraged to apply. In all, more than 300 community members have completed this leadership training to date. To learn more and complete the application, go to the website below. 

Gulf Coast Leadership Institute

[Business]  Home Helpers Names Salka Community Liaison for Manatee, Hillsborough

Home Helpers, a provider of senior care and non-medical in-home care, has named Joshua Salka as its new community liaison. Salka will represent the Home Helpers of Bradenton office at 4230 59th St W in Bradenton, as well as the Home Helpers Home Health office in Tampa. He brings senior care marketing experience, particularly in-home care, and is a military veteran. He will work with Home Helpers to provide service to the Manatee County and Hillsborough County communities. 

Home Helpers

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: My Three Sons Vocal Quartet , March 7

The Ditchfield Family Singers are renowned from coast to coast for their close harmony and unique family blend, highlighted in their mastery of their a cappellarepertoire , which is a part of every show. Performing everything from Broadway to Barbershop, Standards to Doo-Wop, they present a truly unforgettable entertainment experience.

Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice

[SOON]  GALLERY: Kathe Fraga: Solo Exhibition , March 8

Kathe Fraga narrative paintings are inspired by the romance of vintage Chinoiserie, layered with pattern, botanicals, color and hidden motifs. Worn surfaces and distressed textures combine to create a sense of something soft and lovely and familiar.  

530 Burns Gallery , 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Music on May Lane , March 8, 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Here is the description we're using: You're invited! Join us on Friday, March 8th from 4-9 p.m. for Music on May Lane, our first neighborhood block party complete with food, drinks, and music, in the heart of the Rosemary District. Celebrate with us at The Bayside Club!

The Bayside Club, 800 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Celebrating Bernstein's World , March 9 – March 10

The program includes selections from Bernstein's "Candide", and the "West Side Story Suite" plus music of Charles Ives and Gershwin including music from "Porgy & Bess". Renowned clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman is joined by his son Peter - also a well-established musician, composer and arranger.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ponies for Pups , March 9, Gates open at 11AM

The 10thAnnual Ponies for Pups Charity Polo match benefitting the non-profit, no-kill shelter, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, the event is specifically intended to offset costs related to the medical care, rehabilitation and well-being of the hundreds of animals taken in annually.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Kaleidoscope of Creativity , March 9, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Booker High School Visual & Performing Arts department and fellow art lovers for an unforgettable evening featuring a mozaic of stellar performances, exquisite art, silent and live auctions and more. Sip signature cocktails and feast on culinary creations catered by Michael’s on East, as you mingle under the stars to bolster the stars of tomorrow. It will be an evening to remember and supporting a mission we should never forget—ensuring the enduring legacy of the arts in Sarasota and beyond.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Mendelssohn’s Elijah , March 10 – March 11

Mendelssohn’s powerful choral masterpiece brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. Fire comes from the heavens, storms gather, and the people cry for vengeance. From the prophet’s curse of drought, to confronting an evil queen, to his ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot, Elijah is an extraordinary musical experience.

First United Methodist, 104 South Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Love Sung in the Key of Aretha , March 13 – April 28

Four women musically review their life experiences as told through the songs made famous by the late and legendary “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. Join to pay tribute to one of America’s most iconic voices in this joyful appreciation of Aretha’s music and its impact on our lives.

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage, 1646 10th Way., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 4 , March 14 – April 19

Through a visceral mixing of oil and acrylic paint, Walter Matthews’ densely worked canvases create a reflection of the artist’s intensity and anxiety. Continuing the annual tradition, Spectrum IV embeds the independent work of three natural solo artists into an experimental installation that blurs the lines between collaboration and contamination. Split between a series of micro-exhibitions, New Realities features the perspectives and studio practices of junior level Fine Art students attending Ringling College of Art and Design.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SRQ MEDIA's SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit, Applications Open , March 15, 9:30am to 1:30pm

Applications are open for this year's SRQ Magazine SMARTgirl Mentorship and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The free program provides 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls attending school in Sarasota and Manatee counties with career pathway exploration, STEM coding workshops and a luncheon featuring speakers presenting on the topic of overcoming challenges, being a leader and achieving success. The sessions and workshops are led by some of the community’s top women leaders including the ambassadors of the Hear Me Roar Leadership Circle.

Free program, no cost to apply or attend. Submit your application online at SRQMAG.COM/SMARTGIRl by Thursday, January 31, 2019 to be considered. All materials for the conference will be provided, including lunch and snacks. Limited spots available, apply early.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stan Kenton All Star Big Band , March 17

With a 17-piece orchestra, the program includes such well-loved favorites as “Here’s That Rainy Day,” ”September Song,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Minor Blues,” “Artistry in Rhythm” and many more from the American popular music and jazz artist.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  GALA: Ain't Misbehaving , March 21 – April 7

A musical tribute to the black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance and the new “swing” beat, experience the jazz scene—uptown, downtown, raffish and startling beautiful atmosphere. Come, swing and jive to such songs as “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “I’m Going To Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “The Joint is Jumpin’” and, of course, “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

Stone Hall: Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Mallets and Forethought , March 21

A percussionist of great versatility and virtuosity, George Nickson brings the marimba to the fore in this concert that includes selections from Debussy’s “Children’s Corner Suite” and “Over The Rainbow” by Harlan/Oetemo. Principal percussionist for the Sarasota Orchestra and founding member of ensemblenewSRQ, Nickson has been hailed across the country, including as “a performer handling his role with ease and flair” by The New York Times.

Michael's on East ballroom, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Cirque Des Voix , March 22 – March 24

A Key Chorale special event, Cirque des Voix is a performance unlike any other. See world-class circus artists combine with the 100+ voices of the Key Chorale and the musical mastery of the 40-piece Cirque Orchestra to produce one of the most unforgettable productions you’ll ever experience.

The Mall University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota,

[SOON]  GALA: Avant-Garde: A Magical Evening , March 23

Wizards and sorcerers. Magicians and illusionists. Fairies and elves. Genies and dragons. Singer Stevie Nicks or Titania, Queen of Fairyland? Harry Potter or Harry Houdini? Midsummer Night’s Dream or Puff the Magic Dragon? The magical world beckons you to step through the sliding doors of illusion and onto the dazzling Ringling College campus, where we will honor the most wondrous beings in our realm - Ringling College students. Reserve your seats now for this spellbinding evening.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Piano Pizzazz Meets Fiddle Finesse , March 26

Good food and great music is always a perfect pairing. In this performance, enjoy a "West Side Story Medley", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "And I Love Her", "Fiddler on the Toof Medley" and a nod to the classics with "Beethoven With a Twist!"

Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice

[SOON]  GALA: HospitaBull , March 26

Enjoy a night of exquisite dining while supporting USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Hospitality Management program. This dining experience is organized, prepared and served by USFSM students and faculty. Students in the restaurant management, event management and food prep courses organize, plan and execute each aspect of the event from start to finish.

The Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Collaboration Celebration , March 26, 11:30am – 1pm

How does a place create a community? We know from research that a person’s zip code is a more reliable determinant of health than their genetic code. Why then, do we still struggle with poverty, addiction and homelessness in this region of beauty and prosperity?

Join us for our annual luncheon in March, where guest speaker Elma J. Felix-Lamontagne, AICP, will deliver a presentation about how places help to shape the identity of a community.

The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina View Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

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