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Director of Communications Named for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation

SARASOTA, FL (June 5, 2017)….Kara Saunders has been named Director of Communications for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation (SMHF).

“Kara brings exceptional communications and marketing skills to our Foundation and we are delighted to have her as part of our team,” said SMHF President Mason Ayres. “Her experience and background will be instrumental in helping us expand our presence in the community.”

Mrs. Saunders has an extensive background in healthcare marketing. Prior to joining the Foundation, for five years Mrs. Saunders was the operations manager for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s HealthFit medically integrated wellness facility. She has also served as the marketing manager for Physicians Regional Healthcare System in Naples, FL and was the interim director of marketing for Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, GA. Mrs. Saunders advertising and marketing agency experience includes positions with Sarasota-based Knight Marketing and Baskerville Advertising.

As Director of Communications for SMHF, Mrs. Saunders’ will be responsible for the design, development, coordination, and production of strategic marketing and advertising programs.

Mrs. Saunders is a long-time member and former board member of the American Advertising Federation Suncoast Chapter and the Young Professionals Group. She has served on several local committees, including the M.D. Anderson Polo Under the Palms fundraiser, the Selby Botanical Gardens Orchid Ball as Chair, and the Make-A-Wish organization as a committee member.

About Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. 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 provided support for patient care, research, education, state-of-the-art medical technology and facilities. For more information visit

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