SARASOTA , Fla. (Dec. 20, 2013) –Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Trusteesrecently approved a grant to Sarasota Memorial Health Care System for a portable ECHMO heart-lung machine that can be used to transport patients between facilities or to bridge them between cardiac care episodes when their heart is too weak to function. A $105,000 grant from The Harry Sudakoff Foundation to the Healthcare Foundation has provided the funding for this technology.
Acquisition of the ECHMO machine is an important step toward establishing a comprehensive Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program at Sarasota Memorial. Patients will be enrolled in the program that will either bridge them until a heart transplant can be acquired, or until a VAD can be placed for destination therapy, or until their heart recovers after an event has weakened it.
There are currently no other facilities offering this technology south of Tampa through Naples. In fact, Sarasota Memorial will be the first hospital in Florida without a heart transplant program to offer the portable ECHMO technology.
Harry Sudakoff ─ one the founding trustees of the Healthcare Foundation ─ helped bring the first open-heart 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 $1 million in philanthropic support to the Healthcare Foundation. Projects funded by his foundation include: the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, the Patient Safety Lab, the Emergency Care Center renovation, a Mammo-Test biopsy table, a Jackson Spinal Table, the e-Mar electronic medication system, and the Intra-Cardiac Echocardiography System (ICE) in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Cardiac Catheterization Suite.
State-of-the-art technology enhances Sarasota Memorial’s position as the most comprehensive and advanced cardiovascular services provider in the region.
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 more than $50 million to support patient care, research, education, state-of-the-art medical technology, and facilities.
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