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2004 Press Releases
Morton Plant Orthopaedic Surgeon Named Arthritis Foundation Community Leader of the Year for Pinellas County

CLEARWATER, Fla., (November 29, 2004) - David Paul Thompson, M.D., medical director of sports medicine at Morton Plant Hospital, was named the Arthritis Foundation Gulfcoast Region's community leader of the year.

Each year the Arthritis Foundation honors a few select community leaders who have shown dedication, support and commitment to finding a cure for arthritis and improving the lives of those affected by arthritis. The foundation's board of directors, joined by a committee of physicians, business and political leaders, chose to honor Dr. Thompson because of his work with the Tampa Bay Storm and as a volunteer physician at area schools.

Dr. Thompson is the official team physician for the 2003 World Champion Tampa Bay Storm arena football team and has been a host team physician for the Outback Bowl and the NHL All-Star Game. Additionally, he is a volunteer physician for Clearwater High School and the Pinellas County All Star Games.

"His community involvement to the Pinellas County school system and his dedication, are an insurance that the quality of care for people with orthopaedic and arthritic issues will continue to improve," said Dennis Olden, chairman, Arthritis Foundation Gulfcoast Region board of directors.

The Arthritis Foundation honored Dr. Thompson with a dinner at the Safety Harbor Spa, Safety Harbor, Fla., November 4, when he was presented with the "Community Leader of the Year"award.

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. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000


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