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2004 Press Releases
Morton Plant Receives Sixth Top 100 Award for Cardiac Care

Morton Plant is One of Seven Hospitals in Nation to Receive Award Six Times

CLEARWATER, Fla., (November 24, 2004) - Morton Plant Hospital is one of only seven hospitals in the United States to receive the most prestigious ranking of cardiovascular care for six consecutive years. Named the 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Study, 6th Edition, the study recognizes Morton Plant Hospital for setting national cardiac care standards.

"In the six years the study has been conducted, Morton Plant has been nationally ranked for our cardiac care every time," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer, Morton Plant Hospital. Our physicians, nursing and clinical teams deserve the credit for our ability to consistently maintain the highest standards in the country."

Developed to provide guidelines to improve the standard of cardiovascular care, the Solucient study identifies hospitals that display superior performance in the clinical management of cardiovascular disease. Hospitals on the Top 100 list perform twice as many bypass surgeries and percutaneous coronary interventions, including angioplasties, as compared to other hospitals.

Solucient conducted the 100 Top Hospital study by comparing 2002 Medicare reports and 2002 and 2003 MedPar data. "The study also found that cardiovascular patients treated at Top 100 hospitals return faster to every day life, which is a great benefit to patients and their families," noted Beauchamp.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and men in the country.

Hospitals named in the study were grouped into categories including 30 teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs, 40 teaching hospitals without cardiovascular residency programs and 30 community hospitals. Morton Plant is a teaching hospital without a cardiovascular residency program and the only one in the Tampa Bay area to be named a 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospital.

The study is presented by Solucient, an Evanston, IL-based information company, the market leader providing comparative measurements of costs, quality and performance. For more information, visit http://

A team of board-certified cardiac surgeons at Morton Plant performs the most open-heart surgeries in Pinellas County. The hospital launched its heart and vascular services in 1975 and since then has been first to introduce many new techniques or procedures including:

* first to use a minimally invasive technique to retrieve veins for cardiac bypass surgery

* first to place drug-coated stent in Tampa Bay area

* first hospital in the county to have an electrophysiology program for the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias

* first to perform coronary angioplasty and valvuloplasty

* first to perform minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass

Construction is underway for Morton Plant's new heart hospital, which should be completed in the spring of 2006. The 148,000 square-foot building will include four new open-heart operating rooms, four new heart catheterization labs, and 100 additional private rooms.

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. Earlier this year, Morton Plant was named a 100 Top Hospital in the "Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success" study for the fourth year for overall quality of care. According to AARP Modern Maturity magazine, Morton Plant was one of America's Top 50 Hospitals in 2002. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7500.


Contact: Beth Hardy 727-298-6199 Phone 727-468-7586 Pager