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2002 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Receives $750,000 Federal Grant for Women's Health Services

CLEARWATER, Fla., (November 27, 2002)---Morton Plant Hospital has received a $750,000 grant to create a Community Center of Excellence (CCOE) in Women's Health. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Women's Health, along with the U.S. Public Health Service and Office of Minority Health. As a CCOE, Morton Plant will receive a total of $750,000 over a five-year period to integrate and coordinate women's health services within the community.

"The goal of the grant is to help improve the health of all women in Pinellas County. We hope to further overcome socioeconomic and cultural barriers that keep women from accessing quality health care," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer, Morton Plant Hospital.

The grant was announced by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and will provide $150,000 to Morton Plant Hospital for each of the next five years to support all aspects of women's health issues.

As one of 12 model community women's health centers in the U.S., Morton Plant will offer women comprehensive health care and social services through its Turley Family Health Center along with numerous community partners. Objectives of the program include:

* Creation of a holistic, efficient health service for underserved women through coordination of local services

* Increase the understanding of women's health issues by training lay and professional health providers

* Use community-based research to identify and respond to health issues of concern to women

* Increase community awareness of women's health issues, such as preventive health screenings and domestic violence

* Empower women and girls to be better health care consumers through improved knowledge and behavior

* Provide assistance in replicating Pinellas County's strategy in the West Pasco community

"This grant will allow us to coordinate existing community services to better serve women of all ages by emphasizing prevention and continuous care," said Jeffrey E. Jensen, D.O. An obstetrician-gynecologist on the medical staff of Morton Plant Hospital, Dr. Jensen will serve as the program's medical director. Morton Plant is the only CCOE location in Florida; two others in the Southeastern U.S. are located in Birmingham and New Orleans.

Administered by the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the CCOE program provides recognition and resources to community-based programs that unite promising approaches in women's health across six components: health services delivery, particularly preventive services; training for health care professionals and other staff; community-based research; public education and outreach; leadership development for women; and technical assistance to other communities that want to replicate the program. For more information, visit

Built in 1999, Morton Plant Hospital's Turley Family Health Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides comprehensive health care with an emphasis on prevention primarily for the North Greenwood community. Accepting Medicaid patients and extending discounted care to low-income individuals who fail to qualify for Medicaid has allowed Turley Family Health Center to provide health care to infants, children and adults who might otherwise not receive health care. Turley Family Health Center is located at 807 N. Myrtle Avenue, Clearwater, Fla., 727-467-2400.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care. This year Morton Plant was named one of America's Top 50 Hospitals, according to AARP Modern Maturity magazine and a 100 Top Hospital in the "Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success" study for the fourth consecutive year. In 2000, HCIA-Sachs (now Solucient) named Morton Plant as the only hospital in the country to achieve 100 Top Hospital status in four categories - cardiovascular, stroke, orthopaedic and overall. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000.

Contact: Beth Hardy

Morton Plant News Bureau

727-298-6199 Phone

727-468-7586 Pager