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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Recognized As Among "Best Places to Work"

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (May 15, 2008) - Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, West Pasco County’s only not-for-profit, community based hospital, has been recognized by the Pasco Hernando Workforce Board, Inc. as among the “Best Places to Work” in Pasco and Hernando counties. The hospital was honored May 8 during an awards ceremony presented by the Pasco Hernando Workforce Board at the Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, San Antonio, Florida.

“To be considered among the best places to work in Pasco and Hernando, two Florida counties that have experienced exceptional population growth and business development in recent years, is a prestigious distinction,” said Philip K. Beauchamp, F.A.C.H.E., president and chief executive officer, Morton Plant Mease Health Care. “Our team members can feel very proud that their contributions to Morton Plant North Bay have helped us achieve this award.”

“We’re honored. Quality care for our patients and visitors to Morton Plant North Bay is our mission. To meet that goal we also go the extra mile to care for our team members. Open lines of communication with team members when developing employee programs and promotion of career growth opportunities are just a few of the ways we’ve created a positive working environment that attracts and retains employees,” said John D. Couris, administrator and chief operating officer, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

Morton Plant North Bay is one of 23 companies selected and the only West Pasco County hospital chosen as a best place to work. According to the Pasco Hernando Workforce Board, the recognized companies have designed their organizations around retaining their top talent and are noted for their high rank in growth, training opportunities for employees and low turnover ratios.

To be considered for the award, the hospital completed a 40-question survey that assessed employee turnover rates, growth percentages, employee development spending, promotion percentages, insurance packages and retirement plans. The Pasco Hernando Workforce Board worked with Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Fort Pierce to calculate results of 37 different survey measurements to determine the counties’ best places to work.

The Pasco Hernando Workforce Board and Partnership is an innovative, leading workforce center of excellence maintaining the organization values of integrity, customer service, accountability and respect. Its mission is to enhance economic development efforts by providing a well trained, high quality workforce which supports the success of local business and improves the quality of life.

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 on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). 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 2008, the hospital was awarded Magnet Designation for the second time 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.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199, (727) 402-8113 or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager