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People who live in Sarasota know it’s a unique
place, with beautiful beaches, a sophisticated arts community and
a host of amenities supported by a large base of affluent and retired
It was the overwhelming support of those citizens that led to the
construction of the county’s first modern hospital – then
known as Sarasota Hospital – in 1925, and helped it grow from
a modest 32-bed facility to the 806-bed regional medical system that
stands today. The second largest public hospital in Florida, Sarasota
Memorial offers the most comprehensive and advanced multi-specialty
care in a four-county region.
With such support, however, comes responsibility. With a 9.2 percent
poverty rate, Sarasota also is home to many people unable to enjoy
Sarasota’s special features … except when it comes to
medical services. Sarasota Memorial’s community outreach and
community service initiatives break down the barriers that keep many
people from accessing good health care – whether they are economic
factors, lack of transportation or language, custom or cultural challenges.