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2005 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Named UnitedHealth PremiumSM Cardiac Specialty Center

National designation recognizes quality and efficiency in cardiac care

CLEARWATER, Fla. (November 21, 2005) – Morton Plant Hospital is one of only six hospitals in Florida recognized for quality and efficiency of care as a UnitedHealth PremiumSM cardiac specialty center.

The UnitedHealth PremiumSM cardiac specialty centers program identifies hospitals nationwide that are leaders in providing cardiac care. To be recognized, hospitals must meet strict evidence-based criteria for quality and the efficient use of health care resources in delivering cardiac care.

Quality and efficiency standards are based on patient care before, during and after a cardiac procedure. This includes the use of diagnostic testing, number of patient visits, repeat surgeries, complication rates and the total cost of treatment compared to other facilities in the geographic area.

“We are very proud to receive this national recognition for our excellence in cardiac care,” said Philip K. Beauchamp, chief executive officer and president of Morton Plant Mease. “Over the past three decades, we have continually worked to bring innovative advancements in cardiac care to the community.”

Each year, nearly 850 open heart surgeries, 2,800 interventional procedures and 2,300 diagnostic services are performed at Morton Plant. Other accomplishments in cardiac care include:

• One of the first hospitals in the Tampa Bay area to offer a minimally invasive procedure to harvest the leg veins necessary for cardiac by-pass surgery.

• First hospital on Florida’s West Coast to implant new drug-eluting stents

• First hospital in Pinellas County to have an electrophysiology program for the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias

• First to perform coronary angioplasty and valvuloplasty

• First to perform minimally-invasive direct coronary artery bypass

Morton Plant’s new Morgan Heart Hospital is expected to open in phases beginning in the spring of 2006, will include four new open heart surgery rooms, four cardiac catheterization labs, 21 critical cardiac patient rooms and dedicated waiting areas.

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 is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000.

UnitedHealthcare ( is the largest business unit of parent UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (NYSE: UNH), a Fortune 100 company. UnitedHealthcare provides a full spectrum of resources and services to help people achieve improved health and wellbeing. The company designs and operates organized health systems with commercial, Medicare and Medicaid products.

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