Having seen unprecedented growth in patient volume in recent years, Sarasota Memorial Hospital saw a second campus in Venice as an opportunity to ease capacity challenges at the existing main campus, and to greatly improve south Sarasota County residents' access to advanced emergency and medical services closer to their homes. SMH believes the new four-story hospital will treat 5,000 patients and 850 obstetrical patients during its first year of operation.
A natural light-filled lobby welcomes patients with registration, pre-admission testing, comprehensive imaging services, and food service, all located near the main entrance for patients' convenience. In addition to other support departments, the first floor features public spaces for visitors to gather, relax, and dine, including a courtyard, café, and conference room for educational and support programs. The emergency care center has 28 treatment rooms with the capability to expand to 50 rooms based on future community needs.
Eight operating rooms on the second level are designed to accommodate robotic surgical equipment. Additional services on this floor include two cath labs, pre-surgical and postoperative recovery areas, three endoscopy rooms, two cardio procedure rooms, pharmacy, laboratory and respiratory services. The layout provides the flexibility to increase the number of operating rooms and accommodate additional support space to meet future needs. The obstetrics unit features 10 family-friendly, private LDRP suites, as well as two C-section operating room suites also on the second floor.
The top floors include a 22-bed intensive care unit (ICU) designed with line of sight into each room from the central nursing station (and extensive, high-performing acoustical materials to reduce noise levels); a 26-bed acute care unit, providing inpatient services for medical and surgical patients; 32 additional medical and surgical beds; and a 20-bed observation unit that has the same room design as the acute care unit. Spacious private rooms accommodate larger beds and specialized patient care equipment, while allowing ample circulation space for patients, visitors, and staff.
A 60,000-square-foot medical office building is integrated with the new hospital, and adjacent facilities include a four-story parking garage for 425 vehicles. The new hospital features a modular, flexible design that can accommodate 200 additional beds and supporting programs in the future, based on the community's evolving needs.