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2006 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Announces Winners of Morgan Heart Hospital "What Moves Your Heart" Art Contest

Morton Plant Hospital’s New Cardiac Facility Involved Community in Creating Artwork for Patients and Visitors to Enjoy

CLEARWATER, Fla., (October 31, 2006) - In celebration of the opening of the new Morgan Heart Hospital at Morton Plant in Clearwater, the hospital asked local artists “What Moves Your Heart?” With that theme in mind, more than 75 artists submitted 150 two-dimensional works for judging in an art competition sponsored by Morton Plant Mease Health Care in cooperation with the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. A selection of artworks was chosen to be displayed on the walls of the Morgan Heart Hospital and will be unveiled to the public when the Morgan Heart Hospital officially opens in mid-November.

Winning art work represented various subjects and interpretations all relating back to things that inspired and uplifted the artists including wildlife, beaches, sunsets, and more.

“We wanted to motivate artists in the community to become an ongoing part of our new heart hospital that sets a new standard for cardiac care. The paintings and photographs we’ve chosen truly come from the heart and they’re perfect for our heart hospital,” said Robert Lynch, director cardiology services, Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

Works by the following artists were selected:

* Gail Gamble – Dunedin, “Serenity on Honeymoon Island” and “The Beach Beyond Honeymoon Island” (pastels)

* Joanne Forsythe – Dunedin, “Nature’s Love” (digital photograph)

* Melissa Miller Nece – Palm Harbor, “Into the Sunset” and “Honeymooners” (colored pencil)

* John Swetland – Spring Hill, “Watching for Mom” (watercolor)

* Wil Dawson – Clearwater, “Mint Reflection” and “Gulf Breeze” (freehand digital drawings)

* Fern Ursa – New Port Richey, “Family Portrait” (watercolor)

* Andrew Philyaw – Safety Harbor, “Florida Sun Set” (watercolor)

* Susan Huskey Woas – Hudson, “Palmetto in Six Stages” (monoprint)

* Arlene Shoemaker – St. Petersburg, “St. Petersburg Alley” (pastel)

* Dottie Clagett Choate – Palm Harbor, “Achey Brakey Heart” (mixed media)

* Gretchen Patrick – Dunedin, “Sandy Toes” and “Limitless Playground” (pastels)

The selected artworks include a photograph of a naturally formed heart shaped rock on a beach. The artist who created the photograph said she was walking on the beach pondering a family situation with a heavy heart, when she came upon the rock surrounded by shells. It gave her hope. “We believe that the “What Moves Your Heart” collection will bring the same kind of hope and comfort our heart patients and families,” added Lynch.

The art competition was in cooperation with the Dunedin Fine Art Center and the Morton Plant Mease Foundation which donated a $10,000 purchase award that was divided up among the winning entries. The “What Moves Your Heart Collection” will hang on the third-floor open-heart surgery patient care unit of the Morgan Heart Hospital.

At a cost of $52 million and covering 174,715 square feet, the Morgan Heart Hospital is the single largest expansion in the 90-year history of Morton Plant Hospital. It features leading edge cardiac care technology including fully integrated digital operating suites with voice activated equipment and telesurgery capabilities, computerized work stations outside of patient rooms to allow nurses to update charts and more closely monitor patients, and the concept of “universal beds” that allows patients to remain in one room while they receive different levels of care from teams of cardiac nurses.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. In 2006, Morton Plant Hospital received a top national recognition for its work in open heart surgery, the Premier Award for Quality in the area of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft. 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.

Contact: Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone or (727) 468-7586 Pager