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2004 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital's Joslin Center for Diabetes Welcomes New Endrocrinologist

CLEARWATER, Fla. (April 15, 2004)---Dr. John B. Tourtelot recently joined the staff at Morton Plant Hospital's Joslin Center for Diabetes as an endocrinologist. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

"Dr. Tourtelot has a strong interest in thyroid disease management, including thyroid nodule evaluation, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer, Morton Plant Mease Health Care. "He is in the process of establishing a comprehensive Thyroid Center at Morton Plant Hospital."

Before joining Morton Plant Hospital, Dr. Tourtelot spent the past six years as the senior medical officer at the Naval Clinic in Patuxent River, Md., as well as assistant professor of medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacology from the Southern School of Pharmacy at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Tourtelot served his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif. and completed his fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

The Joslin Center for Diabetes at Morton Plant Hospital was established in 1991 and is located at 455 Pinellas Street in Clearwater. In 2002, the Joslin Center achieved provider recognition status from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), as well as the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The center offers comprehensive diabetes care and research including insulin pump and gestational diabetes self-management education and support groups. For more information call the Joslin Center for Diabetes, (727) 461-8300.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care.

In 2002, Morton Plant was named one of America's Top 50 Hospitals, according to AARP Modern Maturity magazine. For the past five years, Morton Plant has been a 100 Top Hospital in the "Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success" study. In addition, Morton Plant Hospital is in the "large community hospital" category of Solucient's Top 100 overall list for the fourth time.

Morton Plant Hospital has joined forces with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute to form Moffitt Morton Plant Cancer Care in order to provide research and services for cancer patients. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000.

Contact: Phoebe Ochman/Beth Hardy

Morton Plant News Bureau

727 / 461-8538 Phone

727 / 468-7586 Pager