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2005 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital's Cardiac Care Named Top 100 for Seventh Consecutive Year

CLEARWATER, Fla., (November 29, 2005)- For the seventh consecutive year, Morton Plant Hospital has been named as one of the nation's top 100 facilities for cardiac care. Only six hospitals in the United States have been recognized by the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Study for all seven years. Morton Plant is also the only hospital in the immediate Tampa Bay area to be ranked in the study.

"This study serves as a validation for all of our work to provide quality cardiac care to the community," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer, Morton Plant Mease Health Care. Without the dedication of our physicians, nurses and team members, we would not be able to provide the best cardiac care in the country right here in Clearwater."

The seventh edition of the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from publicly available 2003 Medicare cost reports and 2003 and 2004 Medicare MedPAR data. The measures were calculated for three classes of hospitals - teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs; teaching hospitals without cardiovascular residency programs and community hospitals. Morton Plant is in the teaching hospital without a cardiovascular residency program category.

"The Solucient study is an effective measure of quality because it uses objective data to rank hospitals and identify national standards for best practices," said Thomas Deal, M.D., physician director of open heart surgery services for Morton Plant Hospital.

All facilities recognized in the Top 100 study were ranked in seven key performance areas including risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, complications, percentage of cardiac bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay and wage and severity-adjusted average cost.

Morton Plant has been providing comprehensive heart and vascular services for the past thirty years. The largest number of open-heart surgeries in Pinellas County are performed at Morton Plant by a team of board-certified cardiac surgeons.

Morton Plant's new Morgan Heart Hospital is expected to open in phases beginning in the spring of 2006, bringing new technology to advance direct patient care. The new Morgan Heart Hospital will include four new computerized, voice-activated open heart surgery rooms, four cardiac catheterization labs, 21 critical cardiac patient rooms and dedicated waiting areas. Digital technology will be a primary feature of the new Morgan Heart Hospital.

Solucient, an information products company serving the health care industry, conducts the 100 Top Hospitals study. It is considered to be the market leader in providing insights that health care managers use to improve the performance of their organizations. For more information, visit

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Since 1999 Morton Plant has been awarded 14 Top 100 Hospital designations in the areas of cardiovascular, stroke, orthopaedic and overall care by the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success. Morton Plant also has received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and has partnered with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 462-7000.

Contact: Beth Hardy, (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 419-4471 Pager