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2005 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Names New Administrator of Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center

CLEARWATER, Fla. (August 25, 2005)- Gail L. Ward, NHA brings 15 years of long-term care experience to her new position as administrator of the Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center.

Gail graduated from the University of South Florida in 1984 with a B.S. in business management. She began her career with Mediplex Rehab in Bradenton where she started as the director of human resources in 1987 and worked her way up to COO and administrator.

Gail came to Morton Plant from Tandem Health Care, a network of health care facilities, where she started working in 1998 as the executive director of a 120-bed sub-acute, rehabilitation and long-term care facility in Winter Haven. In 2003, she became the regional vice-president of operations for Tandem Regional Management until December of 2004 when she became the executive director of Tandem Health Care of Williamsburg, a 90-bed skilled nursing facility.

"Gail's experience in long-term care will enable us to continue providing high-quality, compassionate care while seeking new opportunities to expand our commitment to excellence," said Hal Ziecheck, administrator and chief operating officer of Morton Plant Hospital.

The Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center provides comprehensive nursing care as well as inpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy. Highly skilled nurses and therapists are committed to helping patients reach their maximum level of function, self-care and independence.

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 five years. Morton Plant is one of only seven hospitals in the United States to be ranked in the 100 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: Amy Morrow, 727/461-8538 (phone), 727/468-7586 (pager)