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Clinical Trials and Research at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

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Welcome to Clinical Trials and Research

Opportunities for better medical care don’t just happen. They open up through careful clinical research into investigational pharmaceuticals, procedures, equipment and devices.

The Clinical Research Center is an exceptional study and trial environment with a highly qualified staff and an extremely fine performance record.

For both patients and physicians, it represents an opportunity to obtain access to innovative experimental drugs or procedures and devices before they are widely available. We believe this is another way to deliver significant benefits to those it is our mission to serve and heal.

The Clinical Research Center

The Clinical Research Center at Sarasota Memorial Hospital has earned a national reputation for research excellence since it was formed.

It began within the Department of Pharmaceutical Care Services in 1989. Six years later it became a designated research department, a rarity for a non-teaching hospital.

It reflects a commitment by Sarasota Memorial to remain at the forefront of technological advances in medicine, the better to serve its patients with the most advanced and effective care available to improve their health and well-being.

As a center for inquiry, it is sought after by outside companies and organizations to participate alongside such distinguished facilities as those found at Duke or Emory University and the Cleveland Clinic.

Solutions for Life

Research goes on at an active pace with 30 or more studies underway at any point in time. The search for better answers covers a wide cross-section of disciplines:

Recent studies have ranged from neuro-protective agents for stroke, advanced surgical procedures for cardiac care and minimally invasive procedures for neurosurgery to therapies for lung diseases.

Raising the Standards of Care

Research at the Center focuses on data collection for pharmaceutical and device sponsor companies which can be taken to the Federal Drug Administration to gain regulatory approval. It is conducted in four phases.

Phase 1 covers feasibility studies and is conducted with healthy volunteers as subjects.

Phase 2 takes place as experience with a drug grows. First trials involve safety concerns and are conducted in multiple centers involving a substantial number of patients.

Phase 3 encompasses large-scale studies in dozens or hundreds of sites involving thousands of patients. At this level of research, the drug or device under study might be taken to the FDA to seek authorization for specific use and indications.

Phase 4 reviews drugs that are already on the market to look at new formulations of an existing medication or a different way to use it.

Efforts at the Center concentrate on Phase 2 and 3 type research. The Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is one of the first nonacademic hospitals in this country to offer an avenue for clinical studies to its staff physicians.

A physician is always the principal investigator in a study with a team of clinical research coordinators (nurses) working closely with the physician-investigator so that study documentation meets the highest possible research standards.

A Timely Process

The Institutional Review Board at Sarasota Memorial Hospital reviews studies monthly to facilitate responsiveness to the protocol needs of the sponsor and the institution.

Throughout a trial process, the Center’s staff pursues a constant set of objectives: continuity of service, diligent regulatory compliance, efficient patient recruitment and management systems, attainment of enrollment goals and model data collection.

A Landmark for Healthcare

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is a public, not-for-profit hospital located on Florida’s southwest coast.

The second largest public hospital in the state, it is also one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the United States. It is an 828-bed acute-care facility drawing referral patients from a four-county area. Its medical staff numbers approximately 700 and has almost 3,000 employees.

The larger community in which this hospital is based has a patient population that encompasses all ages and ethnic groups with a substantial concentration of middle-aged and older individuals. The ambience of the community and the climate make it a magnet for retirees. As a result, this area offers a broad spectrum of patients with diverse medical needs.

Satisfaction Is Important

The Center invites study sponsors to evaluate their performance. A survey allows them to rate us on such items as knowledgeability of the principal investigator, staff responsiveness and efficient processing of regulatory documents. On a scale of 1 to 10, our average score is 9.6. We thought you’d like to know.

Clinical Research Center
Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System
1540 S. Tamiami Trail - 3rd Floor
at Sarasota Memorial Heart & Vascular Institute
Sarasota, FL 34239

Phone (941) 917-2225
FAX (941) 316-4090

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1700 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34239 | 941-917-9000 or 800-764-8255.
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