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2013 Press Releases
New Surgery Department Set to Open at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (May 14, 2013) - The future of health care is sure to bring new technology and advances and to meet those future needs, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital has completed its new surgery department. Scheduled to open for patient care on May 20, Phase 1 of the new surgery department is located in a new wing of the hospital and features six new integrated operating suites.

“The new surgery department will allow our hospital to continue offering our patients the latest advances in care,” said Hal Ziecheck, chief operating officer at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. “It also has been designed with a focus on the patient and family member experience, with careful thought given to their privacy and comfort.”

During the design process, special attention was paid to patient comfort. In hallways where patients are moved to operating rooms, lighting panels on the ceiling display soothing nature photos to create a more serene environment. Also, patients will be taken directly between surgery and nursing units through dedicated corridors and elevators, allowing for less travel throughout the hospital and providing more privacy.

Morton Plant North Bay’s new operating suites feature larger, integrated rooms to provide ample working space for advanced surgical procedures with high-tech equipment. Integrated surgical suites allow for the precise control of ambient conditions such as room temperature and lighting, they also provide surgical teams with immediate access to scans, digital images, and other important patient data. In addition, the interfaces allow for easy control of surgical devices through simplified one-touch routing and multi-viewing capabilities.

The new operating suites will measure up to 675 square feet, replacing the current operating rooms that were between 350-500 square feet. The new surgical center and wing adds 25,000 square feet to the hospital.

In addition to the six new operating suites, space is being reserved for future expansion, which is planned to include two new endoscopy/procedure suites, a family waiting area, as well as pre-op and post-op patient areas.

Morton Plant North Bay’s surgical center is the next phase of the hospital’s renovation and expansion. In 2011, the hospital added a new cardiovascular center providing advanced imaging equipment and more space for heart care including elective and emergency heart catheterizations and angioplasties. In 2010, Morton Plant North Bay opened the Starkey Medical Tower with all new private patient rooms and a Medical Arts Building that doubled the size of the hospital campus.

About Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 154-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Morton Plant North Bay is awarded Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Morton Plant North Bay has also received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Fla.

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


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