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2010 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Names New Chief Operating Officer

 CLEARWATER, Fla., (Nov. 3, 2010) ¾ Morton Plant Hospital has named Kristopher Hoce to the position of chief operating officer.  He will start his new position January 3, 2011.

"We are pleased to welcome Kris to Morton Plant Hospital and to Pinellas County," said Glenn Waters, president of Morton Plant Mease Health Care. "He possesses a strong background in health care administration with proven leadership of hospitals, academic medical centers, as well as large integrated health care delivery networks. This experience will serve him well as he works to continue Morton Plant's almost 95-year legacy of bringing health care innovations to the community."

Hoce has 28 years of experience in health care administration and comes to Morton Plant from Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C. where he served as president and chief executive officer. While at Pardee, he was responsible for leading the 222-bed community hospital to receiving recognition from:

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Dartmouth Health Atlas as a Low Cost, High Quality Provider for two consecutive years
  • Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons 2010
  • North Carolina Justice Center for Transparency - Financial Assistance Policies

Hoce's professional experience also covers 16 years with Forum Health in the Warren/Youngstown, Ohio area where he began as senior vice president and was subsequently promoted to president and chief executive officer. Hoce is also experienced in the areas of urgent care, home health, orthopedics, oncology, rehabilitation and physician relations.   

"I am honored to have been selected to lead Morton Plant Hospital," said Hoce. "The hospital has built a national reputation while remaining connected to the community it serves and evolving to meet the health care needs of all its neighbors. I look forward to continuing and building upon that tradition."

Hoce received his educational training from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His professional affiliations include Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives, vice chair, District 1 North Carolina Hospital Association and vice president, Western North Carolina Health Network, as well as local boards and memberships in the Hendersonville area.

The chief operating officer position at Morton Plant became open when Hal Ziecheck, former Morton Plant COO, agreed to become the COO for Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey. Hoce was appointed to the Morton Plant Hospital position as the result of a national search.

Morton Plant Hospital is currently building the Axelrod Pavilion, a four-story outpatient center on the hospital's campus to better centralize certain imaging and diagnostic procedures while providing more space for its comprehensive breast health services. The Carlisle Imaging Center and Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center will both relocate to the  Axelrod Pavilion. Additionally, the hospital has launched the Doyle Women's and Children's Health Initiative, with the first phase, a women's inpatient unit to serve women's gynecology and medical surgical needs, opened in April 2010.

For more information about Morton Plant Hospital call (727) 953-6877.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for all 11 years. Morton Plant also has partnered with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. In 2008, the hospital was 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 Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, 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 195 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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