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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Offering Free Physicals to Pinellas County Student Athletes
04/12/2011

CLEARWATER, Fla., (April 12, 2011) - As a service to the community, Morton Plant Mease physicians, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists will provide Pinellas County high school student-athletes with free sports physicals. The exams include checks of height, weight, blood pressure, vision, lungs and musculoskeletal system. The Morton Plant Mease Lung Center will also be on hand to offer students information on managing asthma symptoms. If a student is found to have a medical condition and needing additional treatment, the student will be referred to a Morton Plant Mease specialist at a later date.

"Taking steps to ensure good health before getting onto a field or court is the best offense in a student athlete's playbook," said Scott Anderson, Morton Plant Mease sports medicine outreach coordinator. "We are proud to team up with Pinellas County schools for another year in hopes of easing some financial burden for many families in the community." The free physicals will be offered the following dates and locations:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

8 a.m. to Noon

Morton Plant Hospital

Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion

430 Morton Plant Street, Suite 101

Clearwater, FL 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

8 a.m. to Noon

Palm Harbor University High School

1900 Omaha Street

Palm Harbor, FL  

All student athletes are required by the Florida High School Athletic Association to complete a physical evaluation before participating in high school sporting activities. Student athletes under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or registration forms must be pre-signed. The exams done by Morton Plant Mease are complimentary, however, a small fee may be required by some schools to support their booster clubs.

For more information, please call (727) 953-6877. 

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 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 www.BayCare.org.

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Media Contact: Denise Moore, (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager