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2003 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Announces Construction of a Center of Excellence for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences

CLEARWATER, Fla. (March 4, 2003) - Morton Plant Hospital announces the advancement of its orthopaedic and neurosciences services through the construction of a new $10 million Orthopaedic and Neurosciences Pavilion on the Morton Plant Campus at the southwest corner of Jeffords Street and Ft. Harrison Avenue.

"The Orthopaedic and Neursosciences Pavilion will bring some of the most highly evolved technology to the community," said Hal Ziecheck, chief operating officer, Morton Plant Hospital. "In addition, the pavilion will provide patients with care focused solely on their needs in a convenient location."

Consisting of 94,000 square feet and four stories, Morton Plant Hospital's new Orthopaedic and Neurosciences Pavilion will be home to a variety of services for the comprehensive outpatient care of orthopaedic and neurological patients and their families.

Rehabilitation services will relocate from the hospital's Barrett Center and include the most sophisticated equipment for speech pathology and physical and occupational therapy to focus on stroke and joint care. The hospital's audiology program will also move to the new building with enhanced service and technological features. A sports medicine rehabilitation program will be based in the building to provide training and exercises to promote recovery from sports injuries and improve performance.

Outpatient surgical facilities will include surgical and recovery suites for arthroscopy and other outpatient orthopaedic procedures. "Now, not only will Morton Plant Hospital continue to provide the highest quality inpatient care, but we will also have the most technologically advanced outpatient orthopaedic surgery center available to our patients," said A. Candace Tillquist, M.A., Ph.D., director of orthopaedic and neuroscience services, Morton Plant Hospital.

More joint replacement procedures are performed at Morton Plant than any other hospital in Tampa Bay. A magnetic resonance imaging center will be located on the first floor. Amenities will include an attached covered parking garage with direct access into the building and a café.

In addition to outpatient services, the new building will be home to several physician offices. Orthopaedic Associates of West Florida will move into the pavilion and includes John E. Kilgore, M.D., William E. Kilgore, M.D., John M. McClure, III, M.D., Michael L. Rothberg, M.D., Thomas O. Schwab, M.D., Craig A. Schwartz, MD, Harry Steinman, M.D. and David Thompson, M.D. W. Allen Hughes, M.D. will also be bringing his practice to Morton Plant Hospital's Orthopaedic and Neurosciences Pavilion.

A newly developed neurosciences center will be concentrated on the entire fourth floor and include multidisciplinary clinics and services for a variety of neurological disorders, including stroke follow-up, balance function and movement disorders, Parkinson's disease and other neurosurgical conditions. A sleep disorders center will also be located in the building.

Construction of Morton Plant Hospital's Orthopaedic and Neurosciences Pavilion has begun with site preparation work and is expected to be completed by May 2004. The building is designed by The Ritchie Organization, Sarasota, Fla. The developer is the Graham Group, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa and the contractor for site preparation is Brassfield and Gorrie, Safety Harbor, Fla.

It is hoped that approximately half of the pavilion's construction cost will come from private donations.

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.

In 2002 Morton Plant was named one of America's Top 50 Hospitals, according to AARP Modern Maturity magazine and a 100 Top Hospital in the "Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success" study for the fourth consecutive year. In 2000, HCIA-Sachs (now Solucient) named Morton Plant as the only hospital in the country to achieve 100 Top Hospital status in four categories - cardiovascular, stroke, orthopaedic and overall.

In 2001, Morton Plant Hospital joined forces with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. Morton Plant also offers a family practice residency program in conjunction with the University of South Florida. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000.

Contact: Beth Hardy

Morton Plant News Bureau

727-298-6199 Phone

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