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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Opens New Cardiovascular Center

Part of Hospital Expansion Plans to Increase Access to Heart Care

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (September 27, 2011) – Morton Plant North Bay Hospital continues to focus on expansion plans to better serve the health needs of the West Pasco community. The latest is a new 9,750 square-foot cardiovascular center that provides the most advanced imaging equipment for cardiac care diagnostics and interventions, including elective and emergency heart catheterizations and angioplasties. Located on the first floor of the hospital’s Starkey Medical Tower, the cardio vascular center is centrally aligned with the emergency department to provide enhanced access and better flow for physicians and patients.

“With our new cardiovascular center, we have expanded the number of rooms and are increasing access to potentially life-saving heart procedures,” said Hal Ziecheck, Morton Plant North Bay’s chief operating officer. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women and our priority is to ensure we have the space and latest technology to diagnose and provide quality heart care to our patients.”   

The new cardiovascular center will increase the number of patient rooms from three to nine beds.  Morton Plant North Bay’s Cardiac Services is an established cardiovascular program that currently provides diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, angioplasties and treatments for peripheral vascular disease.

“Our new cardiovascular center’s location right next to the ER will be helpful for treating emergency patients,” said Peter Rossi, MD, cardiologist and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital cardiovascular section chairman. “For emergency patients experiencing a heart attack, restoring blood flow to the heart is a key part of the treatment.”

A catheterization is a diagnostic test that determines if blood is flowing properly to the heart. An angioplasty consists of maneuvering a tiny wire into a blocked coronary artery and then inflating a balloon to re-open the artery and restore blood flow to the heart. A stent or thin, wire, mesh tube may then be placed in the re-opened artery to keep it from closing.

Morton Plant North Bay’s Cardiac Services are trained to the same high standards that have allowed Morton Plant Mease Cardiology to receive national recognition for its patient care and features an all digital cardiac catheterization lab, an electrocardiograms and echocardiograms (EKG/ECHO) unit to test for heart abnormalities and cardiac stress testing lab that includes nuclear medicine testing. The hospital started performing emergency and elective angioplasty procedures in 2010.

Also last year, Morton Plant North Bay completed a major expansion which doubled the size of its hospital campus, including the 56,000 square-foot, four-story Starkey Medical Tower which features all private patient rooms and increased the total number of patient beds to 154 beds and has a newer intensive care unit, medical surgical unit, new respiratory care services and community education facilities. Adjacent to the hospital is the 45,000 square-foot, three-story Medical Arts Building which features an expanded sleep disorders center, outpatient lab facility and outpatient rehabilitation services. Construction for new operating rooms is expected to begin in 2012.   

About Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 154-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Morton Plant North Bay is awarded Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Morton Plant North Bay has also received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Fla.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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