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2014 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Invites Community to Health Seminars
March Seminars Focus on Heart Attacks, Sleep Apnea, and Menopause

CLEARWATER, Fla., (February 4, 2014) - Morton Plant Mease health experts will be speaking on various health topics in March including arthritis, diabetes, heart attack, menopause, prostate and sleep apnea. The community is invited to attend the free health seminars held at various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers.

What is a Heart Attack?
Wednesday, March 5
Largo Library, Jenkins Room C, 120 Third St. SE, Largo

Some heart attack symptoms are mild and start slowly, while others can be intense and sudden. Interventional cardiologist Parag Patel, MD, will explain what a heart attack is, the importance of early detection, and the latest options for treating heart attacks with stents.

Emotional Realities of Menopause
Tuesday, March 11
6:30 p.m.
Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion - Community Room, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater

Join OB/GYN Stephanie Van Zandt, MD, to learn more about symptoms of menopause, mood disorders and available treatments to combat the emotional sides of menopause.

Sleep Apnea Treatment
Wednesday, March 12
Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Room, 8839 Bryan Dairy Rd., Largo

Join neurologist Diana Pollock, MD, to learn more about the four types of sleep apnea and the distinct symptoms and treatments. Dr. Pollock will also discuss the various types of positive airway pressure (PAP) machines and how they work.

Explaining Prostate Issues
Thursday, March 13
5:30 p.m.
Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-5, 3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor

Urologist Michael Szostak, MD, will discuss the problems the prostate can cause and ways to manage them.

Causes of Sleep Apnea
Wednesday, March 19
6 p.m.
Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-5, 3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor

Join pulmonologist Lisa Whims-Squires, DO, to learn more about the causes and risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea and the symptoms and complications.

Say Goodbye to Golf-Related Pain
Wednesday, March 19
6 p.m.
East Lake Woodlands Country Club,1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy, Oldsmar

Join psychiatrist Nick Dewan, MD, orthopedic surgeon Brian Oliver, MD, and diagnostic radiologist Yair Safriel, MD, to learn more about injuries that can occur from playing golf, how to prevent them and treat them.

Neuropathy Symptoms and Treatments
Wednesday, March 19
Aging Well Center at The Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater

Neurologist Jean-Rapael Schneider, MD, will discuss symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of common peripheral neuropathies.

Thursday, March 20
6 p.m.
Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, Community Room, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater

HypnoBirthing teaches women that the birthing body and the baby know exactly what to do. This five-week class offers techniques taught by a certified HypnoBirth instructor. Expectant moms and birthing partners are welcome. Cost is $125.

The Latest Treatments for Arthritis
Monday, March 24
2 p.m.
Aging Well Center at The Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater

Join Craig Schwartz, MD, to learn more about the causes, types and treatments for arthritis.

Innovations in Vascular Treatment
Wednesday, March 26
Aging Well Center at the Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater

Interventional cardiologist Alan Camp, MD, interventional radiologist Adarsh Verma, MD, and vascular surgeon Yves Gabriel, MD, will discuss innovative therapies and treatments for vascular disease before an audience Q & A session.

Q & A About Diabetes
Wednesday, March 26
10 a.m.
Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Conference Room 120, 8787 Bryan Dairy Rd., Largo

A registered nurse and dietitian will discuss all diabetes-related topics in an open panel discussion.

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 11 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, South Florida Baptist, and Winter Haven. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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