February 2011


Cardiovascular Disease Symposium
The 7th annual Cardiovascular Symposium offers continuing education to health care providers and the community. The first full day of the symposium (7:30 am-4:30 pm, Feb. 4) and morning session of the second day (7:30 am-1 pm, Feb. 5) are designed for physicians and other health care providers (12 CMEs available). The public is invited to a free afternoon session (2-4:30 pm, Feb. 5). Both sessions will feature the latest trends, treatments and prevention strategies presented by physicians nationally and internationally recognized in the field of heart disease. For information or to RSVP, call (941) 917-6969.

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Mental Health Series – ADHD, Addictions
Join nationally recognized physician and researcher David V. Habif Jr., MD, for a series of free seminars on the biological, social and economic challenges in the mental health system. Lectures will be held 9:30 am-12:30 pm (registration 9 am) in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. CEUs available for a fee. Upcoming: Feb 12: "ADHD - How We Think;" Feb. 26: "Addiction – How We Feel." RSVP: (941) 953-3477 or MHCCI.com

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Health & Fitness Celebration
Join the health & fitness professionals at Sarasota Memorial Healthplex Fitness Center’s 4-year anniversary celebration and open house, 9 am-5 pm Friday, Feb. 18. The event features a full day of health & fitness activities, including free health screenings and fitness assessments, exercise classes (zumba, jazzercise, spinning, water aerobics, yoga, pilates and more), 15-minute massages, golf swing evaluations, self defense demonstrations, entertainment, snacks and give-aways. The event will be held at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Information: (941) 917-7000.

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Pain Care Symposium
Health care providers interested in learning more about pain management are invited to Sarasota Memorial’s annual Pain Symposium, 7:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 19, Longboat Key Club and Resort (interdisciplinary conference offers 12 CME/CEUs to physicians, nurses and qualified clinicians). Information/registration: (941) 917-4086 or kara-boling@smh.com

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Obesity – Is it Harmful for Your Heart?
Learn how obesity affects your heart health and how to manage your risks in a free presentation by Mahfouz El Shahawy, MD, cardiovascular disease prevention specialist and medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Cardiovascular Disease Assessment Center. The lecture will be held 5-6 pm Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. Call (941) 917-7777 to register or for information.

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Oh, baby!
New moms and dads: Be sure to check out our brand-new "SMH Baby Steps" blog, which contains tips from expert nurse bloggers who are certified in Neonatal Nursing and Internationally Board Certified as Lactation Consultants. Join in the conversation today.

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SafeRx campaign
On Monday, Jan. 31, CEOs from 12 participating hospitals and four health departments from Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties gathered to make a public proclamation of their commitment to support a multi-faceted campaign to address Responsible Prescriptions Use. The health care leaders announced plans to work collaboratively with doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare providers to ensure professionals have the tools and education necessary to prescribe responsibly and help patients connect with community resources that specialize in addictions treatment. To learn more about the regional SafeRx campaign, visit www.CHIP4Health.org/saferx

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Rock, Roll & Race - for a good cause!
Are you an AC/DC Rock & Roll fan who likes racing? You can enjoy both – and support a good cause. Brian Johnson, front man for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Band AC/DC is serving as Grand Marshall of the Historic Sportscar Road Racing Season Opener – the Palm Beach Grand Prix and Speed Festival Feb. 10-13. For a donation of $35 that will benefit Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc., in honor of Sarasota Memorial’s Brian Johnson Music Therapy program, Brian will take anyone for a drive around the track. Charity rides are slated on Friday at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday at 12 p.m. For more information, call the foundation at (941) 917-1286 or visit: http://www.hsrrace.com/

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