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2009 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Brings More Access to Heart Treatment to North Pinellas
Mease Countryside Hospital Approved to Offer Elective Angioplasty

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla., (Jan. 16, 2009) -- Patients in northern Pinellas and south Pasco will now have more options in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease with the approval of the state of Florida for Mease Countryside Hospital to perform elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) – a minimally invasive heart procedure also known as an angioplasty. Coronary angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that relieves narrowing and obstruction of the arteries to the muscle of the heart (coronary arteries).

“Patients in this part of Tampa Bay will now be able to receive some of the best available elective treatment of blocked arteries right in their own neighborhood,” said Glenn Waters, president of Morton Plant Mease Health Care. “Being able to schedule an elective angioplasty close to home is a true convenience for our patients and their families.”
“Elective angioplasty is considered the standard of care for the treatment of cardiac disease and the prevention of possible heart damage. The addition of elective angioplasty gives us the opportunity to more completely address the heart care needs of our patients at Mease Countryside,” said Richard Sola, MD, Morton Plant Mease interventional cardiologist and medical director of Mease Countryside Emergency Cardiac Center.

The Mease Countryside cardiac care team is well experienced in interventional cardiology with its cardiac catheterization and emergency angioplasty services. Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic test that determines if blood is flowing properly to the heart. Mease Countryside began providing emergency angioplasties in the fall of 2007 to patients experiencing the most critical type of heart attack – an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

The hospital’s interventional services combined with its medical cardiology services mean that the hospital is staffed with nurses and technicians experienced in the care of critically ill cardiology patients.

“As part of Morton Plant Mease Cardiac Care, our new elective angioplasty services will have the same quality care, that for more than 30 years has made Morton Plant Mease nationally recognized in the treatment of heart disease,” said Patrick A. Cambier, MD, Morton Plant Mease interventional cardiologist. “We work consistently across all our Morton Plant Mease hospitals to deliver high quality care and are bringing those same standards to our elective angioplasty program at Mease Countryside.”

The Morton Plant Mease commitment to expert cardiac care can be best seen in some of the national recognition received including:

• Morton Plant Hospital is the only hospital in the United States to be named a top 100 hospital for heart care for 10 consecutive years by the 2008 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success.

• For the second consecutive year, Morton Plant Hospital’s heart surgery program is one of only approximately 10 percent of U.S. hospitals to have been awarded the highest designation given to hospitals by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

• Morton Plant Hospital has twice received the Premier Award for Quality in the area of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft.
Plans call for Mease Countryside to begin offering elective angioplasty in the month of March. Procedures are scheduled through a physician’s office and most insurance plans are accepted.

Established in 1985, Mease Countryside Hospital is a 300-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Since 1997 Mease Countryside has been awarded nine Top 100 Hospital designations in the areas of stroke, orthopaedic, intensive care and overall care by the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success. 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. Mease Countryside Hospital is located at 3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor, Fla., (727) 725-6111.

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.

For more information, contact Beth Hardy, Public Relations Manager at Morton Plant Mease at (727) 540-9869.