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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease's Month of the Woman Focuses on Women's Health Events

CLEARWATER, Fla., (April 19, 2011) - In celebration of National Women's Health Week in May and to promote the importance of a woman's well being, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is celebrating Month of the Woman by providing a variety of seminars and workshops throughout May. National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 8, 2011.  

"Women often serve as the caregivers for their families and many tend to put the needs of their spouses, children, and parents before their own and as a result, their own health and well being become secondary," said Marcia Albanese, Morton Plant Mease director of women's services. "We hope these interactive and informative seminars help women make their own health a priority too." 

Space for seminars and workshops are limited and reservations are required. For reservations or more information, please call (727) 940-2776.

The Menopausal Years

Wednesday, May 11, 1 p.m.

Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Community Rooms A & B

Stephanie Van Zandt, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, will speak on changing hormones and treatments relating to menopause.

Light refreshments will be served.

Common Gynecological Issues

Wednesday, May 18, Noon

Aging Well Center, Grand Room

"Intimacy after Menopause"

Diana Connor, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, will speak on intimacy after menopause.  

"Is Your Falling Uterus Ruining Your Day?"

Find out information about some of the common gynecological issues that affect one's quality of life. You'll get answers to the questions you were always afraid to ask from Saul Lerner, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A light lunch will be served.

Uterine Fibroids: Everything a Woman Should Know

Wednesday, May 18, 5:30pm

Safety Harbor Public Library, Meeting Room B

Andrew Davis, MD, Interventional Radiologist

Joedrecka Brown, MD, Family Medicine

Patricia Llewellyn, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Our panel of physician experts will discuss ways to treat fibroids that include medicine, surgical and minimally invasive options such as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE).

Light refreshment will be served.


Woman to Woman: Open discussion with a panel of physicians and clinical specialists

Thursday, May 19, 6pm (Osteoporosis and Blood Pressure screenings 5 - 6:30 p.m.)

Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, Community Room

Kathleen Allen, MD, Breast Oncology Surgeon

Sady Alpizar, MD, Internal Medicine

Barbara Bourland, MD, Radiologist

Mamta Choksi, MD, Medical Oncologist

Jennifer Kleinbart, MD, Internal Medicine

Melissa Launder, MD, Family Medicine

Roberta Mix, DO, Family Medicine

Jodi Nickel, MD, Family Medicine

Rupa Patel, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jennifer Swaringen, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Wanda Torres, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Gail Wright, MD, Medical Oncologist

Assorted desserts and coffee will be served.

Type 2 Diabetes - What You Need to Know

Friday, May 20, Noon

Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 1-5

Munira Siddiqui, MD, endocrinologist, will speak on how Type 2 diabetes develops, symptoms and the different therapies available to treat the disease.

A light lunch will be served.

Strong Women, Strong Bones

Saturday, May 21, 10am

Morton Plant Mease Palm Harbor Wellness Center

Jennifer Swaringen, MD, orthopedic surgeon, will speak on osteoporosis in women including an overview of how bone loss happens and the different approaches to prevent and treat this condition. A personal trainer and nutritionist will be on hand to share information and tips for a healthy lifestyle.

Refreshments will be served.

 Woman to Woman: Open discussion with a panel of physicians and clinical specialists

Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Center, Room 120

Tuesday, May 24, Noon

Delia Delgado, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Vanessa Lucarella, MD, Cardiologist

Marni Mentis, DO, Plastic Surgeon

Amber Stephens, MD, Family Medicine

Michelle Zetoony, DO, Pulmonologist

Light lunch will be served.

Creating a Blueprint to Change Your Life

Saturday, May 7, 8:30am-12:30pm

Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Community Rooms A & B

Do you have something in your life you would like to change, but just can't seem to get started? Elizabeth Nelson, M.A., Health and Wellness Coach, will lead you through a process that will not only assess where you are but help create a plan to make meaningful changes for a happier, healthier, more productive life!

Fee: $20, Includes light refreshments and materials.

Treasure Map Your Life

Saturday, May 21, 8:30am-12:30pm

Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium

You don't have to be an artist to create a picture of the life you want. Join Elizabeth Nelson, M.A., Health and Wellness Coach, for a fun, interactive class that will combine intellect and passion in a fun hands-on way. Create a life you will truly "treasure"!

Fee: $20, Includes light refreshments and materials. 

All the hospitals of BayCare are offering women's health-related seminars for Month of the Woman.  For more information on all seminar locations, visit


Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater

Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, 8839 Bryan Dairy Rd, Largo

Cheek-Powell Heart & Vascular Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater

Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater

Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd, Trinity

Morton Plant Mease Palm Harbor Wellness Center, 32672 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor

Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd Street North, Safety Harbor

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

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 200 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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