Ribbon cutting for new courtyard tower at SMH

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SARASOTA - It's out with the old and in with the new for Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

On Monday, employees, doctors and volunteers got a private tour of the hospital's new courtyard tower. It's part of a 250 million-dollar improvement project.

The tower will be the new front entrance to the hospital.

At the ribbon cutting, several dozen people got a first look at the new tower. People coming in to register, pre-op, waiting rooms for surgery and anyone visiting SMH will first come through the tower.

Hospital officials say when it's fully developed, all floors will connect through the main tower, and the hospital will be equipped with the latest technology and the best comfort areas.

“This is incredible. This is the largest project we've ever undertaken here. It is replacing buildings that were built back in the 1950's and 1960's and 70's. It really puts us into a whole another level of care for our patients at the end of the day,” says Chief Operating Officer David Verinder.

The tower will open to the public on Monday and the entire project is scheduled to be complete sometime between October and December of this year.