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2007 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Grows With West Pasco Community
Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Creates “New” Hospital and More Private Rooms

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (October 3, 2007) - To meet the ever expanding health care needs of the next generation of New Port Richey and West Pasco residents, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is creating a new plan for a comprehensive, community-based medical complex. With a plan for $49 million in expansion and new construction, the hospital’s campus is anticipated to nearly double in size by the end of 2010, allowing Morton Plant North Bay to grow and change with the community.

“We are working to bring a brand new Morton Plant North Bay to the community, one that has the same top quality standards as we have today, but with the physical facilities to help us continue to bring health care advances to New Port Richey and West Pasco,” stated John D. Couris, administrator and chief operating officer, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

The $49 million hospital expansion will include:

  • A new three-story patient wing that will bring a new intensive care unit, cardiac unit, medical surgical unit, new respiratory care services and community education facilities
  • A four-story medical office building and outpatient building that will include physician offices, a cancer center, new sleep disorders unit, laboratory services and outpatient rehabilitation services
  • New walk-in clinic
  • Expansion of the Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Renovations to the emergency room with improved efficiencies for patients and physicians
  • * Storm water retention area

“As a longtime resident of New Port Richey, I am excited that we are able to continue Morton Plant North Bay’s tradition as the only not-for-profit hospital in West Pasco. With this new campus, we will have the type of vibrant, growing health care services that attracts leading physicians, improves access to care and sustains our ability to bring innovative health care solutions to our patients and their families,” said Richard Williams, Jr., chairman, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Board of Trustees.

About the new patient wing and renovations:

Plans for the new three-story patient wing call for the addition of 34 private patient beds, increasing the number of hospital beds by more than 25 percent. “Patients today have more complex medical needs, making private rooms a necessity many times. We also know that our patients prefer to have a private room when possible,” noted Couris.

Additional features of the new patient wing include the renovation and enlargement of the emergency department, adding four additional treatment bays, a new cardiology unit, and new hospital pharmacy, laboratory, and respiratory care areas. Ten private patient rooms will also be added to the Mitchell Rehabilitation unit – the only acute rehabilitation facility in Pasco County accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

About the new medical office and outpatient building:

The four-story medical office building will encompass 60,000 square feet and will feature physician offices, outpatient services for cancer care, rehabilitation, laboratory, physical therapy, occupational therapy and sleep disorders. A climate controlled, enclosed walkway will provide visitors with easy access to the main hospital. “The medical office building will provide spaces for physicians who need close access to the hospital campus – something that modern hospital campuses are able to offer. With the expansion, Morton Plant North Bay will be able to offer that same convenience and efficiency to their physicians,” said Peter Rossi, M.D., president of the Morton Plant North Bay Medical Staff.

Expansion of the existing hospital campus required the purchase of additional property. As a result, a portion of Ohio Avenue and Oak Hill Drive between Madison Street and Forest Avenue are being vacated.

“We have and will continue to work closely with the community when planning and constructing the new Morton Plant North Bay,” said Couris. “Landscaping is just one of the features of the plan that will be a beneficial, attractive addition to the surrounding neighborhood.” To achieve its goals for a new hospital facility plan, Morton Plant North Bay purchased surrounding property around the original hospital campus. The land has been cleared and construction is expected to begin later this month.

The architect for the project is Harvard Jolly, Inc., Tampa, Florida. The contractor is Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC of Orlando, Florida. The developer of the medical office building is Lauth Property Group also based in Orlando.

Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 122-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Morton Plant North Bay’s stroke care program has received the highest level of recognition - the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission. The hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care are part of the first group of hospitals nationally to have earned re-certification of the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care from the Joint Commission. 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 North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Fla., (727) 842-8468.

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Rendering Available Upon Request

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager