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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Hosts Diabetes Health Seminars to Help Prevent and Control Diabetes

CLEARWATER, Fla., (October 12, 2011) – Diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million Americans and by 2050, up to one-third of American adults will have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin. 

As part of recognizing American Diabetes Awareness Month, Morton Plant Mease will present a series of educational seminars focusing on types of diabetes, how to reduce the risk of developing diabetes and living with diabetes. 

Diabetes Health and Wellness Panel

Wednesday, November 2, Noon – 2 p.m.

Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-5   

3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor

Noon – 1 p.m. panel includes:

Munira Siddiqui, MD, endocrinologist

Nancy Maza, RD, CDE, nutritionist

Cate White, RN, CDE, pediatric educator

1-2 p.m.: Information and education displays 

Complications of Diabetes

Wednesday, November 2, 10 a.m.

Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion

455 Pinellas St, Clearwater

David Leonard, MD, endocrinologist, will speak on what causes diabetes and the complications.

Diabetes: Are You at Risk?

Tuesday, November 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Bekesh Education and Conference Center

6600 Madison St., New Port Richey

11 a.m. – Noon: Free glucose screenings

Noon – 1 p.m: Marcos Garcia, MD, internal medicine, will speak on whether or not someone is at-risk for developing diabetes and what those factors are.

Ask Your Diabetes Educator

Wednesday, November 9, 10 a.m.

Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Center, Rooms 1&2

8839 Bryan Dairy Rd., Largo

Nutritionists Sheryl Ferris, RN, CDE and Nancy Maza, RD, CDE, will be available to answer diabetes questions.

Diabetes Information Panel and Health Fair

Wednesday, November 16, Noon – 2 p.m.

Aging Well Center at the Long Center, Grand Room

1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater 

Panel discussion: (Noon-1 p.m.)

Susan Boston, MD, endocrinologist

Kenneth Freidman, DPM, podiatrist

Leonard Kirsch, MD, ophthalmologist

Shelaine Williams, RD, CDE, nutritionist

Michelle Zetoony, DO, pulmonologist

1-2 p.m.: Health Fair to include information tables and screenings

Eye screening

Blood pressure/BMI

Glucose screening

Hearing screening

Wound Center information

Bariatrics information

Sample diabetic foods for people and pets

Meal Planning for Persons with Diabetes

Wednesday, November 30, 10 a.m.

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Bekesh Education and Conference Center

6600 Madison St., New Port Richey

Nutritionist Shelaine Williams, RD, CDE, will educate on planning for meals for persons with diabetes. 

To register for the seminars or for more information, please call (727) 953-9240 or visit:

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