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Venice hospital announces Shands partnership
Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 12/4/12
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By Donna Koehn
Venice Regional Medical Center, a 312-bed for-profit hospital in south Sarasota County, has formed a strategic alliance with the University of Florida and Shands HealthCare.
It marks yet another partnership among medical operations in Florida that are struggling to adapt to the emerging medical care market.
Venice Regional is owned by Naples-based Health Management Associates, which is affiliated with Shands.
Shands Hospital, based in Gainesville at the University of Florida, serves as the teaching hospital for the UF Health Science Center. It is part of Shands HealthCare, a private nonprofit health system.
Venice regional officials touted the alliance as a way to enhance services locally.
“We continually strive to find ways to improve the care we give to this community, and our partnership with UF and Shands will enhance our already advanced, high quality care,” said Venice Regional chief executive Pete Wozniak in a statement.
The alliance is expected to expand Venice Regional’s access to research and technology. Physicians will be able to consult with Shands doctors, Wozniak said.
“Venice Regional’s physicians are skilled experts in their specialty,” he said. “Combining their expertise with that of the UF and Shands’ physicians will make this partnership a collaborative effort that will bring a wealth of information and innovative ideas to further advance the care provided by both parties.”
Venice Regional is seeking to fend off increased competition from Sarasota Memorial Hospital, which has been expanding its presence in south Sarasota County. Last month, doctors affiliated with Venice Regional objected to Sarasota Memorial’s plans for an urgent care clinic in Venice.
Last year, HMA, UF and Shands HealthCare formed an alliance with three regional hospitals in Central Florida.
A news release called it the first for UF and Shands at the time. It included Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Citrus County, and Brooksville and Spring Hill Regional Hospitals in Hernando County.
Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg announced in October that it, too, had formed an affiliation with HMA and Shands.
Calls to Shands were not immediately returned Tuesday evening.