Longboat Key Democratic Club board members met in a web meeting on Friday, May 1st, with Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO, David Verinder and physicians, Kirk Voelker, MD and Manuel Gordillo, MD.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss up-to-date information on the Covid-19 virus and its impact, which we can share with residents of Longboat Key, Sarasota County, Manatee County and surrounding communities.
LBKDC Board members asked a wide range of questions regarding the impact of the pandemic on the hospital and health care system, timing for the hospital to resume elective procedures, steps that we should take to protect ourselves from infection, number of Covid-19 cases on LBK and surrounding communities, treatments that are available locally to treat COVID-19 patients who develop serious illness, including the two clinical trials SMH is participating in, how the virus spreads, how to stay safe and help prevent transmission as our nation moves toward reopening. We also received tips on mask usage, other precautions, and much more.
Also, Dr. Manuel Gordillo answers many questions, including some of those asked by our Board members, regarding the Covid-19 virus in a recent article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. HERE is the link to that article.
LBKDC Board members participating in the meeting were:
- Ed Sabol, Longboat Key Democratic Club President and former Senior Organization Director of the 700,000 member Communications Workers of America;
- Lucie Lapovsky, an economist who consults, writes and speaks widely on issues related to higher education finance, pricing, strategy, governance, and enrollment management;
- Michael Boorstein, who served at the US Department of State and the Pan American Health Organization. He currently heads the Foreign Service Retiree Association of Florida, and is an adjunct board member of the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL);
- Robert Gary, former federal prosecutor, Partner at Gary, Naegele and Theado and graduate of Case Western Reserve and NYU Law Schools.
Allison Warren, PR Specialist for the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System moderated the meeting.
Health System leaders who answered our questions and participated in a discussion with us were:
Mr. David Verinder - CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System since 2014. He is Board Member of the Florida Hospital Association. David has overseen the development and successful launch of new medical services to improve the community's access to high-quality health care;
Dr. Kirk Voelker, a critical care pulmonologist and Medical Director of Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Clinical Research Center and COVID 19 clinical trials. In addition to caring for our most critically ill COVID patients, he has been instrumental in helping bring the latest treatments and clinical trials to our community;
Dr. Manuel Gordillo, an infectious disease specialist, serves as Medical Director of the Infection Prevention & Control Department. Dr. Gordillo has been guiding SMH’s efforts to educate, screen, diagnose and safely care for people who come to the hospital and its outpatient sites with COVID-related symptoms or concerns.