SMH-Venice copes with overcrowded ED since closure of rival hospital

Looking south from Laurel Road, this aerial view of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Venice campus shows construction on the first expansion patient tower, which is scheduled to open in April 2024. There is room on the east side of the property for as many as three expansion Towers for what could ultimately be a 400-bed facility.

VENICE – In the 14 months since it opened, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Venice and its staff have been through the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurricane Ian and the unexpected closure of the 312-bed ShorePoint Venice hospital.

SMH-Venice Campus President Sharon Roush told about three dozen members of the South County Tiger Bay Club Friday that the closure of the longtime competitor has left the Venice area drastically underserved.

“Everybody can feel the strain of that right now because there aren’t enough beds right now to serve this community,” Roush said.

SMH-Venice, currently a 110-bed hospital, has been at or near capacity dating back to when it opened at the end of 2021, prompting social media posts bemoaning long waits in the Emergency Department.

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