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2013 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Puts the Focus on the Heart for Health Fairs Recognizing Heart Health Awareness Month

February is Heart Health Awareness Month  

CLEARWATER, Fla., (January 14, 2013) – Morton Plant Mease will present two heart health fairs to recognize Heart Health Awareness Month in February and invites the community to attend, learn more about heart disease and take action to achieve and maintain cardiovascular health. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, claiming 865,000 lives a year. Morton Plant Mease cardiologists will speak on heart health and various health screenings will be offered on the following dates:

February 13 Heart Health Fair

9 a.m. – Noon

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Bekesh Education and Conference Center

6600 Madison St., New Port Richey

9 – 10 am. , 11 a.m. - Noon: complimentary sleep, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings. Registration is required for glucose and cholesterol screenings only.

10 – 11 a.m.: From Hypertension to Stroke Prevention

Cardiologist Christos Pitarys, MD, will speak about hypertension and stroke prevention and how to live heart healthy. Other information for sleep disorders, wellness and the latest treatments in heart and vascular health will also be available. Light refreshments will be served.

February 20 Heart Health Fair

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Aging Well Center at The Long Center

1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater

11 a.m. – Noon and 1 – 2 p.m.: complimentary stroke, blood pressure and sleep screenings. Discounted glucose and cholesterol screenings will be available ($10 prepayment fee required for glucose and cholesterol screening and registration is required.)

12 – 1 p.m.: Heart Disease Can Cause Fatigue

Join cardiologist Wayne Cheng, MD, to learn more about causes and prevention of heart disease and fatigue related to heart disease. A free heart healthy lunch will be provided.

Space for the health fairs and screenings are limited. For information, or reservations, call (727) 953-6877 or go to

To learn more about your risk of developing heart disease, 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’s heart care is nationally recognized with Morton Plant Hospital on Thomson Reuters Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals list for 13 consecutive years in a row. For three years, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded Morton Plant Hospital's heart surgery program its prestigious overall three-star rating, the highest designation given to hospitals by STS. Morton Plant is one of only approximately 13 percent of more than 1,000 hospitals with a cardiac surgery program to receive a three-star rating.

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. Comprised 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