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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Presents New Class Promoting Safety for Families with Dogs
10/04/2012


Parents of Babies and Toddlers Can Learn How to Help Dogs Adjust to a New Member of the Family         

CLEARWATER, Fla., (October 4, 2012) -- Bringing a new baby home is a big adjustment for the whole family, including four-legged members of the family. Morton Plant Hospital is offering a class to help families with dogs with this adjustment and to teach techniques and safety practices for interaction with toddlers.

In the “Dog & Baby Connection” class, parents will learn positive, practical and fun solutions to common challenges families face during children’s early developmental years. Parents will learn how to read their dog’s cues, how to introduce the baby and dog, and more.

The class, which is being taught by Amy Weeks, CPDT-KA, a licensed Dog & Baby Connection presenter, is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012, in the Powell Pavilion Conference Room, First Floor, at Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, FL 33756. The class is for parents only.

Family members are welcomed, but participants should not bring their dogs. The class is free, but class size is limited. To register, call Lynn Kleer at the Morton Plant Hospital Women’s Center at (727) 462-7717.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for a consecutive 13 years. Other hospital honors include: Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care, “Baby-Friendly” hospital status from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for its efforts to support mothers’ decision to breast feed and received Florida Hospitals Association’s Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla.  For more information about Morton Plant Hospital, call (727) 953-6877.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.  

BayCare’s family of 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 Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

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