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Updated: Sep 20, 2019





Karen Fordham Chief Executive Officer Venice Regional Bayfront Health www.VeniceRegional.com 941/483-7773


Since 1951, Venice Regional Bayfront Health has provided a comprehensive array of health care services, including cardiac, stroke, orthopedic, metabolic, open-heart and advanced surgery, wound care, women’s care and interventional radiology, to the greater Venice area. Along with its affiliated Gulf Coast Medical Group clinics and Venice HealthPark outpatient facility, the hospital provides medical care that is accessible to residents and visitors across Central and South Sarasota County.

Venice Regional has achieved numerous healthcare certifications and awards. For example:

It is one of only three in Florida among 52 hospitals nationwide with the lowest readmission rates for patients treated for pneumonia, according to a report by Becker’s Hospital Review based on CMS Hospital Compare data.

Venice Regional has been recognized by The Joint Commission with its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers Gold Seal of Approval® for seven consecutive years.

The hospital recently earned another national award for excellence in stroke care – the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Venice Regional’s bariatric surgery program is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program and a Blue Distinction Center+ by Florida Blue.

The hospital’s heart program, which recently earned the Joint Commission’s Chest Pain Certification, continues to add services and the latest technology.​

With a team of more than 1,560, Venice Regional is also a major employer providing substantial economic impact in the community, in addition to contributing more than $1.6 million in ad valorem and sales taxes each year. The hospital and its 475-plus volunteers provide healthcare scholarships, charitable donations and engage with civic priorities throughout the Venice area. To learn more or to find a doctor, click the button below today!