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2006 Press Releases

National Award Recognizes Hospital for Coronary Bypass Graft

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 28, 2006) - Morton Plant Mease Health Care announces that Morton Plant Hospital has received a top national recognition for its work in open heart surgery. Morton Plant was presented with the Premier Award for Quality in the area of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft. The award was presented Wed., June 21, 2006 at the 2006 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

"This nationally recognized award honors excellence in quality of care and operational efficiency," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer of Morton Plant Mease Health Care. "It is a tribute to the constant work of our physicians, nurses and team members to maintain top standards of care."

Awarded in six clinical areas, the Premier Award for Quality is based on quality and cost data regularly submitted to Premier for reporting and benchmarking purposes. The award is distinguished by its consideration of performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, clinical process indicators and resource utilization outcomes.

"Our commitment to quality begins with a multi-disciplinary team focused on the care of our cardiac surgery patients," said Dr. Thomas Deal, cardiac surgery, Morton Plant Mease. "We measure everything and look at every aspect of patient care from pre- and post-surgery education, nutrition, pharmacy, rehabilitation and nursing care."

One of the best examples of Morton Plant's comprehensive approach is the cardiac surgery call back program. The hospital has an RN who serves as a patient education coordinator and calls patients at certain intervals following discharge from the hospital to monitor their progress. In 2005, more than 1,400 phone calls were made to patients.

"For more than 30 years, Morton Plant Hospital has been a leader in open heart surgery," noted Beauchamp. This award, along with the opening of our new Morgan Heart Hospital in October 2006, means that we are always continuing to focus on providing the best possible heart care available in our community."

Morton Plant's new Morgan Heart Hospital is bringing all of the hospital's cardiac services into one center of excellence. Featuring four new computerized, voice-activated open heart surgery rooms, four cardiac catheterization labs and private patient rooms with hotel-like touches, the Morgan Heart Hospital team will provide care under the universal bed concept. As the patient's condition improves, the care changes around the patient; the patient does not move to another part of the hospital.

Clinical areas considered for the 2006 Premier Award for Quality are Hip and/or Knee Replacement Procedures, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), Heart Failure (HF), Pneumonia (PN), Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Maternal and Neonatal Care (Pregnancy).

Three winners were picked in each category for each hospital type from an eligible pool of nearly 400 Premier hospitals. Hospitals that submitted data to Premier's Perspective (tm) clinical comparative database, the largest clinical comparative database in the nation, between October 2004 and September 2005, were eligible to receive the 2006 Premier Award for Quality. Morton Plant is one of three hospitals selected for the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft category.

This is the third time Morton Plant Mease has been honored with a Premier Award. In 2005, Mease Dunedin Hospital was selected for its work with heart failure patients and in 2004, Morton Plant Mease was noted for our Clinical Process Improvement Team, a multi-disciplinary approach developed to improve clinical care for patients.

About Premier Inc. and Healthcare Informatics

Premier, Inc. is a strategic healthcare alliance that provides an array of performance solutions to hospitals and other providers. Premier's Healthcare Informatics unit offers performance measurement, benchmarking, and reporting products and related advisory services and methodologies to support health systems' and hospitals' quality improvement efforts. Areas of expertise include JCAHO and CMS performance measurement, clinical and operational benchmarking, labor management programs, balanced scorecards, patient satisfaction, evidence-based research, and patient safety. For more information about Premier Healthcare Informatics, visit or call 800.805.4608.

About Morton Plant

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. In 2003, the hospital was awarded Magnet Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 462-7000.

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