November 2011

Anti-Coagulation Clinic Grand Opening
The public is invited to the grand opening of a new outpatient specialty clinic Sarasota Memorial is opening in the Kobernick Anchin retirement community. The anti-coagulation clinic will help people on blood thinners safely manage their medications, including Warfarin sodium, Coumadin and Jantoven, and increase the amount of time their blood tests (INR) remain in the appropriate range. The clinic is located in the Anchin Pavilion and will be open to residents and the public Thursday mornings. Appointments are required: (941) 917-8889. Take a tour, learn more and enjoy refreshments at the grand opening 3:30 pm, Thursday, Nov. 3, at Kobernick Anchin, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 377-0781.

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Understanding Addictions & Co-occurring Disorders
Join Hazelden, Sarasota Memorial Bayside Center for Behavioral Health and Mental Health Community Centers, Inc., for a free presentation by Michael Demask, Ph.D, executive director of Hazelden’s Naples program, to learn about the relationship between addiction and co-occurring disorders, 10 am-noon, Friday, Nov. 18, in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. CEUs are available for $10. RSVP by Nov. 11: email: or call (941) 875-4290.

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Caring for Grieving Children
Sarasota Memorial mental health experts and representatives from the local Loss, Grief & End of Life Coalition will host a free program designed to help caregivers and professionals in the field care for grieving children.The program is open to the public. It will be held 9 am to noon, Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Tidewell Grief Education and Support Center, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. CEUs are available for $12.50. RSVP: (941) 917-1779.

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Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis
Sarasota Memorial invites former patients, family members and friends to join our SMH Endo team at the Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk, Saturday, Nov. 19, Siesta Key Beach. Festivities begin at 3 pm, followed by the walk at 4 pm. Call our team captain Tracy Laymon (941) 917-1030 or register online at our team page:

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Aging Spine Lecture Series
Learn about degenerative spine conditions from Sarasota Memorial’s spinal surgeons at the following free educational presentations. All lectures will take place at 5 pm in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

• Dec. 7 – RSVP: (941) 866-1956
• Dec. 14 – RSVP: (941) 866-9262

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Holiday Blood Drive
Join us for our 2011 Holiday Blood Drive and earn a chance to win an iPad 2! Choose from the following dates and times in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail:

Saturday, Dec. 17 – 7 am-noon
Monday, Dec. 19 – 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 20 – 10 am-6 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 21 – 7:30 am-4:30 pm

All donors will receive a “Join our Lifeline” T-shirt and entry into a drawing to win an iPad 2, a wellness check, a cholesterol screening and other gifts.

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Community Health Calendar
Upcoming events, classes, support groups. Register online or call
(941) 917-7777

  • » Caregiver Connection: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Childbirth Education (free and fee-based classes); Mommies & Babies Get-Together - Every Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-1700
  • » Diabetes Education: 1st Monday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7468
  • » FREE Memory Screenings: (941) 917-7197
  • » FREE Mental Health Assessments: (941) 917-7760
  • » Living Well With Heart Failure: (941) 917-2114
  • » Men to Men Prostate Cancer Support Group: 4th Monday of the month. Information: (941) 309-7473
  • » MS Friends of Hope: 3rd Thursday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7777
  • » Stroke Support: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7048
  • » Parkinson Support: Sarasota - every 3rd Wednesday; Venice - every 4th Thursday; North Port - every 2nd Wednesday; Manatee - every 1st Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Breast Feeding Support: Every Tuesday. Information: (941) 917-1700


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