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2007 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Receives Second Consecutive Premier Quality Award for Heart Care

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 19, 2007) - For the second consecutive year, Morton Plant Hospital has been recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance with the 2007 Premier Award for Quality for excellence in the care of patients in the area of coronary bypass graft. The award was presented Tuesday, June 19 at the 2007 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Coronary bypass graft (CABG) surgery or open heart surgery uses a blood vessel called a graft taken from the chest, leg or arm to bypass a narrowed or blocked coronary artery improving blood flow to the heart.

“Since our very first open heart surgery procedure more than 30 years ago, Morton Plant has been a pioneer in heart care. The Premier Award for Quality honors that distinction and the dedication to excellence of care and operational efficiency by our physicians, nurses and team members,” said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer, Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

“As a nationally ranked heart program, we strive to provide the very best heart care to our patients every day,” said Dr. Thomas Deal, cardiac surgery, Morton Plant Mease Health Care. “Whether it’s the centralized cardiac care services of the new Morgan Heart Hospital at Morton Plant or the new digital technology that brings nursing closer to the bedside enhancing the patient experience before and after heart surgery, the Premier Award for Quality acknowledges Morton Plant’s commitment to leading-edge, quality heart 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.

Clinical areas considered for the 2007 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™ database, the most comprehensive clinical, financial and operational comparative database in the nation, between October 2005 and September 2006 were eligible to receive the 2007 Premier Award for Quality.

Since 2003, Morton Plant Mease has been honored by the Premier healthcare alliance five times:

* 2003 – Mease Countryside Hospital receives Premier Quality Award for stroke care

* 2004 – Morton Plant Mease Health Care system is the only recipient of the Premier Quality Award for its Clinical Process Improvement Team (CPIT), a multidisciplinary approach to improving clinical patient care

* 2005 – Mease Dunedin Hospital receives Premier Award for Quality for congestive heart failure

* 2006 – Morton Plant Hospital receives Premier Quality Award for coronary bypass graft

* 2007 – Morton Plant Hospital receives Premier Quality Award for coronary bypass graft

About Premier, 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Serving 1,700 hospitals and more than 46,500 other healthcare sites, Premier is the largest healthcare alliance in the United States dedicated to improving patient outcomes while safely reducing the cost of care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates the nation's largest healthcare purchasing network, the most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information and one of the largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups in healthcare. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C. and Washington. For more information, visit

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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