Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Receives $2,000,000 Grant in Support of the Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion at SMH

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Pictured: Barbara and Gary Rodkin.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation announced today that Barbara and Gary Rodkin have made a $2 million gift in support of the Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion at Sarasota Memorial. The Rodkins’ $2 million donation will be used specifically to support geriatric services at the Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion, which is currently under construction on Sarasota Memorial’s Sarasota Campus. The new $71 million pavilion is slated to open in 2023 replacing Sarasota Memorial’s Bayside Center for Behavioral Health with a modern facility that enhances, expands and centralizes care for people affected by mental and behavioral health challenges. The Rodkin’s interest in the geriatric services at the pavilion arose from personal experience. “In his 90s, my father had mental and physical issues, and it was extremely difficult to connect the dots and get the right people to get us the help that was needed,” says Gary. “There was no coordinated care and it really pointed out how much improvement the whole geriatric system needed.”

Barbara, who currently sits on the Healthcare Foundation board, gained interest in supporting the project after learning that the new facility would have a specific geriatric inpatient unit with 16 private rooms and services designed specifically for geriatric patients. “We do a lot of research before we offer our support to any project and this one meets the gold standard,” she says. In addition to their support of the Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion, the Rodkins are long-term supporters of the Community Specialty Clinic at Sarasota Memorial. The Clinic provides specialty medical care and referral services to local residents who are uninsured or underinsured. Community support will continue to make a difference at the Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion. To learn more, visit smhf.org.

Pictured: Barbara and Gary Rodkin.

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