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2010 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Receives Grant to Fund 2-1-1 Program
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (March 24, 2010) -- Morton Plant North Bay Hospital has received a $50,000 grant from Morton Plant Mease Foundation to help the hospital fund the 2-1-1 program.

A United Way program, 2-1-1 is an information, referral and crisis intervention service that provides information to residents of Pasco County. Some of the services 2-1-1 provides include help with food, housing, employment, health care, physical and mental health resources, counseling and more.

“This program helps to support our overall mission of being a community-based health system, helping to improve the health of all our surrounding community,” said John Couris, chief operating officer of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. “2-1-1 is an excellent resource for those individuals who may be underinsured or uninsured and need access to community health and human services.”

“By partnering with local health providers, we are able to provide more of our residents with their basic needs, including health care,” said Susan Arnett, President of United Way, Pasco County. “This grant allows the underinsured access to quality healthcare and healthcare providers regardless of their ability to pay, providing a great impact on our community.”

The United Way of Pasco County’s 2-1-1 program is one of a select few organizations to receive accreditation from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS).

The 2-1-1 program serves as a one-stop call center for any community member looking for help accessing community resources, including access to quality healthcare. It also allows underinsured patients to have important follow-up care.

About Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 154-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. 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 has also received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Fla.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient’s lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.

Member hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Women’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital North and South Florida Baptist. On the web:


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