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SRQ DAILY Oct 12, 2020

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"Digital technology has been a driver of innovation in healthcare for many years now, but never to the degree that we saw in 2020 with the pandemic,"

- Russell P. Branzell, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

-Global Flavors, as seen in SRQ Magazine's Sept/Oct 2020 Edition. Click to read more.
[Health Care]  SMH Among America's 'Most Wired' Hospitals
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota Memorial Hospital frequently touts groundbreaking procedures offered at the facility. Now, a national organization recognized it as one of the “most wired” hospitals in the country.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives recognized the local institution for displaying some of the highest and most innovative uses of technology. A total of 71 hospitals nationwide were certified by the organization as Level 9 or 10 in health IT. Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the only Sarasota or Manatee hospital on the list, was among the Level 9 institutions, and ranked No. 51 overall; about 30,000 hospitals participated in a survey to determine results.

“This award is a testament to SMH’s ongoing commitment to deploying the most advanced technology and innovative tools to enhance patient care, communication and connectivity,” said SMH Chief Information Officer Pam Ramhofer.

Only one Florida hospital earned the Level 10 designation, awarded to just seven health care organizations nationwide including Jackson Health System in Miami (No. 7). The other Florida hospitals to make Level 9 included Baptist Health Care System (No. 8), Cleveland Clinic Martin Health in Stuart (No. 14), Memorial Health Care system in Hollywood (No. 31) and Tampa General Hospital (No. 58).

The digital connectivity of hospitals saw particular importance this year. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed forward increased telehealth usage this year, with more patients connected with physicians and clinicians remotely.

“Digital technology has been a driver of innovation in healthcare for many years now, but never to the degree that we saw in 2020 with the pandemic,” said Russell P. Branzell, CHIME President and CEO.

“The Digital Health Most Wired program underscores why health care organizations keep pushing themselves to be digital leaders and shows what amazing feats they can achieve. This certification recognizes their exemplary performance in 2020.”   

SMH also earned points in the survey this year for implementing sophisticated monitoring systems and data access audits to detect unauthorized access or outside intrusions in systems. The hospital network also boasts an electronic records system with advanced tools to support clinical decision making and population health initiatives. 

[Sarasota Airport]  SRQ Passenger Traffic for September Increases

For the month of September, passenger traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) climbed to 53% of the 2019 level after remaining at 43% for the past 2 months. Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport said, “We are encouraged by the gradual increases in service and passengers as the airport transitions back to the traditionally busier season.  This past Sunday, we had 27 arrivals and 27 departures by our air carriers, our busiest day since the pandemic hit in late March." 

[Recognition]  Jordan Chancey Named a Realtor to Watch Under 40

 Local real estate professional Jordan Chancey has been named as a “Realtor to Watch Under 40” for the Class of 2020 by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) and their Young Professional Network (YPN).  

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[New Position]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat Appoints Amy Wallace as the Organization's New Development Director

Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, recently announced that the organization has welcomed Amy Wallace as the organization’s development director.  “Amidst an impressive pool of candidates from around the country, Amy stood out as a clear leader and an extraordinary addition to the Hermitage team,” says Sandberg. “With her impressive experience in fundraising and institutional advancement, her forward-thinking outlook on philanthropy, and her passion for our mission to support artists and the creative process, Amy is going to play a vital role in the bright future of the Hermitage.” 

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[New Partnership]  Tableseide Restaurant Group Partners with Southeastern Guide Dogs to Raise Money for Life Transforming Program

Visit Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch and Circo downtown to make a difference in someone’s life. Puppy bank statues to support Southeastern Guide Dogs will be on display at each location. Southeastern Guide Dogs breeds and trains dogs that transform the lives of people that need them. These four-legged superheroes become guide dogs for youth and adults that are visually impaired and service dogs for veterans with disabilities. There is never any charge for these courageous canines, and the organization operates on 100% donations. "Tableseide Restaurants have had our dogs on parade for several years now, and we’re thrilled that we can continue this partnership by displaying our new puppy banks at Libby’s on Osprey, Libby’s in Lakewood Ranch, and Circo,” said Andy Kramer, Vice President of Philanthropy for Southeastern Guide Dogs. “The support that we receive from the local community and our valued partners like Tableseide Restaurants allows us to train extraordinary guide and service dogs that go on to transform the lives of many.” 

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[Gift Donations]  Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Launches Holiday Gift Drive

Meals On Wheels of Sarasota is inviting the community to bring a little extra comfort and holiday cheer to neighbors in need through its annual Share the Love Holiday Gift Drive. Accepting donated gifts through Saturday, November 28. The holidays can be difficult for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones – especially now, during the pandemic. Even a small gift makes a world of difference for the homebound," says Marjorie Broughton, the executive director of Meals On Wheels Sarasota. New gifts may be dropped off at Meals On Wheels of Sarasota (421 N. Lime Ave.), Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm and Saturdays 9am to 12pm. Gifts may also be dropped off at Sunset Subaru (7611 South Tamiami Trail) and TD Bank (3450 Clark Road).  

Meals On Wheels of Sarasota, info@mealsonwheelsofsarasota.org, 941-366-6693

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[New Grant]  WSLR Receives Covid Grant from Selby Foundation

In addition to prioritizing meeting the emergency needs of individuals through the Season of Sharing and expanding organizational capacity to meet emergency food needs during the pandemic, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation also accepted grant requests for IT and capital improvement projects related to Covid-19.   WSLR applied for, and was granted, $2518 to upgrade the two Mini-Mac systems that are used to keep the radio station broadcasting 24/7. In response to the Covid-19 public health crisis, WSLR has expanded news and public affairs programming to get Sarasota residents the information they need.  

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[Donations]  Goodwill Donates Coats for Turning Points' One Warm Coat Drive

As part of the national "One Warm Coat" collection effort - which works to provide free coats to people in need - Goodwill Manasota has donated nearly 70 pounds of coats, hats, gloves and scarves to Turning Points in Bradenton. Turning Points is an official collection site for One Warm Coat; executive director Kathleen Cramer reports that all donations will stay local and be distributed to members of the community through multiple nonprofits in Manatee County. Coats and accessories can be dropped off at Turning Points (701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton) Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4pm, through November 25, with distribution starting the first weekend in December.  

Please call 941-747-1509 for further information. Pictured: Goodwill Manasota team members Tara Phillips and Michael Underwood with two of the donated coats to be delivered to Turning Points.

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[COVID-19]  Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended through October 16th

The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through Oct. 16 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Face coverings are strongly encouraged in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in the City limits, whenever proper social distancing cannot be maintained in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The face covering ordinance is in effect through October 28th. 

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[SOON]  MUSIC: HD at the Opera House , October 4 – October 18

Sarasota Opera opened the 2020 season of “HD at the Opera House” with Carmen from the Zürich Opera House on Sunday, October 4th. The presentations will continue on October 18th with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet from Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and on November 1st with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly from Teatro Real in Madrid. Each presentation will begin at 1:30pm. More titles may be added to the schedule in coming weeks. Tickets to “HD at the Opera House” are $20 for single ticket buyers and $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers. All seating will be reserved and distanced for safety. Ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300. Sarasota Opera subscribers who wish to receive the 10% discount of HD at the Opera House tickets must contact the Sarasota Opera box office directly.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Pumpkin Patch Express Train Ride , October 17 – October 25

October 17th & 18th and October 24th & 25th. Tickets for this popular event go on sale to the general public on August 12th at 10am, tickets will be available on the museum's website at www.frrm.org Early access for members are on sale now by calling the ticket office. The Ticket office is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Special Note for Covid 19; For 2020 the event will operate at 50% capacity. Due to the complicity of ticketing in reserved seat cars, window seats will only be sold. However, you may consolidate your group using unsold aisle seats within your seating area. Mask requirements will be based on Manatee County mask ordinance at the time of the event.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Climate Change: The Threat and the Opportunities , October 18, 11-12:30pm

The Sarasota County Democratic Jewish Caucus (SCDJC) will host guest speaker Dr. Mark Paul in “Climate Change: The Threat and the Opportunities” on Sunday, October 18, 11 a.m.-12:30pm, via the Zoom platform. This virtual meeting is part of SCDJC’s “Nosh and Knowledge” series. Admission is free but registration is required.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Lakewood Ranch Community Bike Ride , October 17 – March 20, 8am-9am

Join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador, Greg Spring, on the third Saturday of each month from 8am to 9am October-March for a 10-mile, 1-hour casual bike ride through Lakewood Ranch. We will meet at the fountains on Main Street. This is a great way to see the Ranch. Don't forget to bring your helmet.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI: Turbulent Times and their Effect on the 2020 Election , October 21, 3pm-4:30pm

After 47 years of teaching, Susan MacManus retired as Distinguished Professor Emerita of the department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida-Tampa. She is author and co-author of over a dozen books and a sought-after nationally-known political analyst and noted commentator on state and national television news.

In the past, seniors have been America’s most dependable voters and were coveted by political can-didates because they historically voted at the greatest rate in elections. Nevertheless, the country has been undergoing an upheaval that has hard-ened political views and is causing the electorate to make decisions based more on personality than on political competence. Will the 2020 election bring unprecedented younger voters to the polls based on political issues, a trust of the principles of democracy, and a desire to see America regain its prominence in the world?

Called the “most-quoted political analyst in Florida,” Susan MacManus returns to Einstein’s Circle to share her experienced insight with us. She will talk about voting history, changing de-mographics in Florida, and what the numbers are telling us about the outcome of this very conten-tious race.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Halloween Workshop: Laser Etch a Pumpkin , October 24, 2-7pm

Carving a pumpkin is old news - join Fab Lab and laser etch your pumpkin just in time for Halloween! Use CorelDraw to make any design imaginable and then the high-tech laser cutter will etch the design in your pumpkin. A $35 registration fee includes two children and one parent/guardian. Pumpkin included. Hour long slots available from 2-7pm. Only 6 slots per hour due to COVID-19 social distancing.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Out Of The Blue 2020 Fundraising Event , October 29, 6:30pm-8pm

Welcome to Out of the Blue 2020 – a unique Live Online Event and Costume Contest supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Throughout the month of October, you will have the opportunity to enter a picture of your best “BLUE” costume. On October 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, NAMI will host a Live Online Zoom event emceed by entertainer Jonathan Cortez and featuring local artists and talent all in support of NAMI. Our evening will wrap up by announcing the Costume Contest winners with a “Best in Blue” winner in each category. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun creating a “Bluetiful” costume along with an enjoyable – and safe – evening of entertainment.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2020 AIA Gulf Coast Sarasota Design Conference , October 29 – November 1

For over three decades, AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has hosted the Sarasota Design Conference, a unique event in a unique city. The Conference aims to be motivational for both attendees and speakers and has created a history of featuring design-innovative speakers both established and up-and-coming who are able to interact with their attendees in a casual setting that encourages dialog and learning. This biennial event is well attended by industry professionals, primarily architects in the Florida Caribbean region. Registration for virtual attendance is open now through October 25, 2020

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Digital Program 1 , October 23

Featuring performances and excerpts of Sir Frederick Ashton's: Meditation from Thaïs, Monotones II, Façade, Romeo & Juliet, La chatte métamorphosée en femme, The Sleeping Beauty and Les Patineurs. Additional content includes rehearsal footage, along with coaching and an interview with retired British ballet dancer and former Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet Sir Anthony Dowell.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Illest of Ill , October 23 – December 4, Museum hours

Illest of Illustration is an annual juried exhibition that showcases the outstanding works created by current Illustration students of Ringling College of Art and Design. Over 100 works were chosen from more than 200 submissions. The talented guest jurors, Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard, made their selections based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. Exhibition open by appointment only. Email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began on October 23, 2020 and will end on December 4, 2020, during museum hours.

Ringling College Galleries

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Opera Film - Madama Butterfly , November 1, 1:30pm

Madama Butterfly is one of most performed and best loved operas of all time. The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San and the U.S. naval officer Pinkerton touches all audiences. Director Mario Gas sets his new interpretation in a 1930's film studio, where they are working on a movie adaptation of Puccini's soaring opera of romance and innocence lost.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SarasotaMOD Weekend , November 6 – November 8
Please join in celebrating the architectural legacy of Carl Abbott FAIA at this year's SarasotaMOD.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online: New College New Topics, Challenge and Response: Facing Hard Choices in a Time of Economic Crisis With William Dudley , November 12

Thanks to the pandemic, the United States plunged from a record-breaking economic expansion to a severe recession. What choices do we need to make to reverse that trend and secure our economic future? William Dudley (’71-’74) is a senior research scholar at Princeton University’s Center for Economic Policy Studies. He served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2009 to 2018 and was also the vice chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. In 2019, Dudley spoke about our nation’s record-breaking economic expansion. Shortly after, the pandemic cut that short. With breathtaking speed, the United States economy has plunged from its recent heights to the deepest recession in decades. The American economy is sick. What is Dudley’s prescription to bring the patient back to health? What choices must we make to jump-start a recovery? How long will it take to turn things around? Depending on our choices, Dudley will define the best-case and worst-case scenarios.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Online: Live from the Sarasota Opera House , November 13, 7:30pm

Sarasota Opera's first live-streamed performance will take place on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 PM at the Sarasota Opera House, featuring favorite opera selections by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart, accompanied by piano. A limited number of tickets will be available for an in-person, distanced audience at $25-45. Tickets for the live stream are $10. The live stream will be available for viewing for two weeks.

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