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2006 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital’s Cardiac Care Receives National Top 100

Morton Plant Hospital is One of Only Four Hospitals Nationally to Receive the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals Recognition for Eight Years

CLEARWATER, Fla., (November 9, 2006) -Just one week before it will officially open its Morgan Heart Hospital, the latest advancement in cardiac care, Morton Plant Hospital has been recognized as a Top 100 hospital in a national study, the 2006 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success. Morton Plant is one of only four hospitals in the United States to have received Top 100 recognition for eight consecutive years.

“Each year since the inception of the 100 Top Hospitals Study we have been ranked among the best hospitals in the country providing heart care. This is a great affirmation of our 30-year tradition of leadership in the advancement of cardiac care. It is especially significant as we prepare to open our new Morgan Heart Hospital,” said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer of Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

The objective of the 2006 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study is to identify the top cardiovascular (hospitals performing open heart surgery) in the United States, using empirical findings from publicly available 2004 and 2005 Medicare MedPar data and 2005 Medicare cost reports.

Solucient scored facilities in eight key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percentage of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

“One of the approaches that Morton Plant uses in its cardiovascular team is a multidisciplinary review board that is constantly looking at data to ensure we are meeting nationally established standards of care. We believe that has helped us in making the Top 100 list for eight consecutive years,” noted Thomas Deal, M.D., former open heart surgeon and now physician director of open heart surgery services for Morton Plant Hospital.

The measures were calculated for three classes of hospitals – teaching with cardiovascular residency programs, teaching without cardiovascular residency programs, and community hospitals. Morton Plant is in the teaching hospital without a cardiovascular residency program.

The new Morgan Heart Hospital, a $50 million dollar project, is the single largest expansion in Morton Plant Hospital’s 90 year history and takes all the elements of Morton Plant’s nationally ranked heart program and brings them together into a cohesive, leading-edge facility that combines the hospital’s decades of commitment to patient care with today’s most advanced equipment and procedures for treatment of cardiac disease.

One of the most significant changes the Morgan Heart Hospital brings to Morton Plant is that all cardiac care services are centralized into one location. Surgical suites, cardiac catheterization laboratories, recovery rooms, patient rooms, testing facilities and waiting rooms are all linked cohesively so that patients, nurses and physicians are within close proximity. The first universal beds in the Tampa Bay area mean that care of cardiac surgery and cardiac catheterization patients is moved around the patient. New operating suites are completely digital and computerized individual work stations just outside patient rooms bring nursing care closer to the bedside. All private patient care rooms offer comfort and convenience with chairs that convert to beds for a family member to stay overnight, small refrigerators in the rooms and a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet.

About The Thomson Corporation and Solucient

The Thomson Corporation (, with 2005 revenues of approximately $8.40 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Solucient®, acquired by Thomson in 2006, is the market leader in providing tools and vital insights that healthcare managers use to improve the performance of their organizations. By integrating, standardizing and enhancing healthcare information, Solucient provides comparative measurements of cost, quality and market performance. Solucient's expertise and proven solutions enable providers and pharmaceutical companies to drive business growth, manage costs and deliver high quality care. 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. 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 15 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 Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 462-7000.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 419-4471 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager