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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Recognizes American Diabetes Awareness Month with Health Seminars

Physicians to Speak on Causes, Reducing Risk and Living with Diabetes 

CLEARWATER, Fla., (October 18, 2012) – Morton Plant Mease will host a series of educational health seminars focusing on causes of diabetes, how to reduce the risk of developing diabetes and living with diabetes, as part of recognizing American Diabetes Month.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million Americans and by 2050, up to one-third of American adults will have diabetes.  Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin. 

SHARE (Seniors Health Awareness Resources and Education) Program:

 Living Well With Diabetes

Older adults are invited to join Marcos Garcia, MD, internal medicine, to hear more about how diabetes affects other systems of the body and how keeping diabetes under control can influence overall health, including prevention and stress management. Get information about food selections and labels, weight loss, a diabetic diet and chair exercises. Also, free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings will be offered at this seminar. 

Wednesday, November 14, 10 a.m.

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

Bekesh Education and Conference Center

6600 Madison St., New Port Richey

Avoid Diabetes with Diet and Lifestyle Changes

Join Valeria Perruci, MD, internal medicine, to learn about what the risk factors are for developing diabetes and how positive lifestyle changes and a healthy diet can reduce your risk for diabetes. 

Wednesday, November 14, Noon

Aging Well Center, The Long Center, Grand Room

1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater

Panel Discussion for Diabetes Patients

Understanding diabetes is the first step to managing it. Participate in an open panel discussion for the causes of diabetes, risk factors, warning signs and prevention tips.

Panel includes:

Munira Siddiqui, MD, Endocrinologist

Sheryl Ferris, RN, CDE

Schelaine Williams, RN, CDE

Wednesday, November 28, 10 a.m. 

Mease Countryside Hospital

Meeting Rooms 1-3

3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor

To register for the seminars or for more information, please call (727) 953-6877 or visit:

To learn more about your risk of developing diabetes, visit BayCare’s online health assessment,

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

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.

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