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2005 Press Releases
Health Care at your Doorstep, Morton Plant Hospital Launches Mobile Self-Health Service

CLEARWATER, Fla., (February 1, 2005)- Comprehensive health screenings are coming to a community near you, as Morton Plant Hospital's outpatient organization takes it's Self-Health service on the road. From a "health express bus, " Mobile Self-Health is equipped with the latest technologies to screen for medical conditions such as stroke, aneurysms, arterial disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

"Mobile Self-Health is about making health screenings accessible and convenient," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer, Morton Plant Hospital. "By taking screenings out into the community, we have an opportunity to literally improve the health of the community by diagnosing diseases at earlier stages and by educating people about potential risks to their health," said Beauchamp.

Utilizing a mobile clinic in a "health express bus," Morton Plant's Mobile Self-Health will bring clinicians to perform screening tests to community centers, shopping centers, residential communities and more. "Patients can have an ultrasound examination of their carotid artery, a bone density test or simply have their blood pressure and cholesterol checked right in their own neighborhood," said John Couris, vice president of health services, Morton Plant Hospital. All standard health system processes will be used for handling tests and test results.

Mobile Self-Health will begin offering comprehensive health screenings February 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:

Palm Harbor

* February 3 - Palm Harbor Foods, 30555 U.S. 19 N.

* February 7 - Curves, 33835 U.S. 19 N.

Tarpon Springs

* February 9 - 767 S. Pinellas Avenue Clearwater

* February 10 - Faith United Church of Christ, 2401 Drew Street

* February 12 - Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland Street

* February 14 & 16 - Gold's Gym, 1580 McMullen Booth Road


* February 18 - First Baptist Church, 500 Wood Street


* February 22 & 24 - Bardmoor Outpatient Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Road

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome at any of the Mobile Self-Health locations. For more information or to schedule a Mobile Self-Health screening, members of the public may call (727) 734-6009.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Hospital has received numerous national recognitions for its quality of care including the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and 100 Top Hospital Overall Quality of Care for four years. Morton Plant is one of only seven hospitals in the United States to ranked in the100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Study for six consecutive years. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager