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2003 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Named to 100 Top Overall Hospitals List

CLEARWATER, Fla. (March 6, 2003)---Morton Plant Hospital has been named to Solucient's 100 Top Overall list. The prestigious study, titled "100 Top Hospitals National Benchmarks for Success" ranks acute care hospitals across the United States for quality of care, operational efficiency, financial performance, and adaptation in environment.

"Continuing to do our best for our patients is a daily commitment; this national study serves to reinforce our focus on bringing new services to the community," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer of Morton Plant Hospital.

Solucient's 100 Top Overall Hospitals study identifies hospitals for superior performance and establishing national benchmarks for patient care and operations. Facilities were scored according to key measures such as risk-adjusted mortality and risk-adjusted complications, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, percent of outpatient revenue, total asset turnover and data quality.

Hospitals were ranked using detailed empirical performance data from 1999 and 2000, including publicly available Medicare MEDPAR data and Medicare cost reports. The 100 Top Hospitals study grouped winners into five separate categories - major teaching, teaching, large community, medium community and small community.

Morton Plant Hospital is in the "large community hospital" category of Solucient's Top 100 Overall list. Morton Plant has a total of 12 100 Top Hospitals designations including Overall in 1999, 2000, 2001 2002; four consecutive 100 Top recognitions for cardiovascular care, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and two for orthopaedic care, 2000, 2001 and two for stroke care, 2000, 2001.

Solucient is the leading source of health care business intelligence. Its mission is to provide comprehensive, results-oriented information to drive business growth, manage costs, and deliver quality care. For more information, visit the Solucient Web site at http:// The 100 Top Hospitals Web site is

A 687-bed facility, Morton Plant Hospital has more than 50 specialty areas of service including cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, behavioral health, neurosciences, emergency care, surgery services, women's health, rehabilitation and orthopaedics. Additionally, Morton Plant Hospital has joined forces with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. In 2002, Morton Plant was also named one of America's Top 50 Hospitals, according to AARP Modern Maturity magazine.

Contact: Beth Hardy

Morton Plant News Bureau

727-298-6199 Phone

727-419-4471 Pager