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2013 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Invites Community to Upcoming Health Seminars at Various Hospital Locations

Meal Planning and Weight Loss for Diabetes; Foot and Ankle Surgery 

CLEARWATER, Fla., (March 25, 2013) -- Morton Plant Mease health experts will speak on various health topics that include meal planning and weight loss surgery for patients with diabetes, joint pain and foot and ankle surgery at free community health seminars in April. The community is invited to attend the seminars scheduled at various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers.

Deciding on Foot Surgery

Wednesday, April 3, Noon

Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Conference Room, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo

Podiatric surgeon, Ugonna Anyaugo, DPM, will discuss the signs, symptoms, and both surgical and nonsurgical treatments available for foot and ankle disorders. Complimentary light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Diabetes and Weight Loss Surgery

Wednesday, April 3, 10 a.m.

Mease Dunedin Hospital, Meeting Room 3, 601 Main Street, Dunedin

Join general surgeon, Rick Gordon, MD, to learn more about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery for the patient with diabetes. 

Meal Planning for the Patient With Diabetes

Wednesday, April 17, 10 a.m.

Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Community Room A,

455 Pinellas Street, Clearwater

Join registered dietitian Shelaine Williams, CDE, to learn more about meal planning while living with diabetes.

Hip Pain Relief

Friday, April 19, 12:30 p.m.

Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Community Room A & B,

455 Pinellas Street, Clearwater

Orthopedic surgeon Richard V. Abdo, will discuss sources of hip pain and ways to ease hip pain through nonsurgical and minimally invasive techniques including arthroscopy.

Meal Planning for the Patient With Diabetes

Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m.

Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

Join registered dietitian Diane Thornton, CDE, to learn more about meal planning while living with diabetes.

Deciding On Foot or Ankle Surgery

Wednesday, April 24, Noon

Morton Plant Hospital, Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Conference Room 114, 430 Morton Plant Street, Clearwater

Podiatric surgeon, Theodore Couluris, DPM, will discuss the signs, symptoms and nonsurgical and surgical treatment options available for foot and ankle pain.

Joint Pain Relief

Wednesday, April 24, Noon

Countryside Recreation Center, Community Room, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater

Join orthopedic surgeon, Duane Belongie, MD, to learn more about the common causes of joint pain and surgical options including minimally invasive surgery for joint pain.

To pre-register for a health seminar, call (727) 953-6877, or visit:

About Morton Plant Mease

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