SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2012) – On October 15, 2012, a dedication ceremony was held for an Intra-Cardiac Echocardiography System (ICE) in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Cardiac Catheterization Suite. The ICE system was funded by a $71,710 grant to Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. from The Harry Sudakoff Foundation.
The ICE system provides the physician with clear images of the inside of the heart while performing a catheterization procedure. It is a visualization device that allows for safe real-time imaging. Procedure times are shortened and patients receive reduced exposure to radiation. The state-of-the-art technology enhances Sarasota Memorial’s position as the most comprehensive and advanced cardiovascular services provider in the region.
Harry Sudakoff ─ one the founding trustees of the Healthcare Foundation ─ helped bring the first cardiac program to Sarasota, ensuring that Sarasota Memorial and the community would have access to great cardiac care. Since 1975, Mr. Sudakoff and his foundation have provided nearly $800,000 in philanthropic support to the Healthcare Foundation. Projects funded include: the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, the Patient Safety Lab, the Emergency Care Center renovation, a Mammo-Test biopsy table, a Jackson Spinal Table, and the e-Mar electronic medication system.
Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds. Since 1976, the Foundation has awarded $49 million to support patient care, research, education, state-of-the-art medical technology, and facilities.