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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Opens Valve Clinic

Surgical and Medical Teams Work Together to Create Comprehensive Clinic for the Treatment of Heart Valve Disorders                                                                                      

CLEARWATER, Fla., (January 31, 2012) -- As part of its commitment to providing advanced, top quality heart care, Morton Plant Hospital has opened its Valve Clinic for the treatment of complex heart valve disorders such as aortic stenosis. 

Staffed by a multidisciplinary team of diagnostic and interventional cardiologists, as well as cardiothoracic surgeons, Morton Plant Hospital’s new Valve Clinic has created a collaborative approach to specialize in the treatment of complex heart valve disorders. The clinic is believed to be the first of its kind in the region offering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary methodology. 

“Through the valve clinic, we are combining the expertise of cardiovascular surgeons, diagnostic cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and other cardiac care experts to develop comprehensive care and treatment plans for our patients,” said John Ofenloch, MD,  FACS, cardiothoracic surgeon and physician member of the Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic team. “It is the team approach with physicians partnering together across specialties that truly makes the difference.”

We utilize a share care philosophy which means the Valve Clinic team works closely with a patient's personal physician in the clinical decision-making and treatment of patients. The share care approach helps ensure a smooth transition for the patient back to their personal physician after their visit and treatment at the Valve Clinic.”

The Valve Clinic will be the first step for patients with severe aortic stenosis who may be candidates for the newest breakthrough in treatment, the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.

“One of the key benefits for patients is that working with this team can potentially help determine the most effective diagnosis and treatment strategy,” said Douglas Spriggs, M.D., interventional cardiologist and one of the physician members of the Valve Clinic team.

Aortic stenosis is a disease process that affects the aortic valve. In late stages of the disease, this valve does not properly open and close. This often limits a patient’s physical activity and possibly even hinders their ability to perform daily activities.

Morton Plant Hospital is one of a select number of hospitals across the country designated to perform the new TAVR procedure, which is scheduled to begin this week. For more information about the Morton Plant Hospital’s Valve Clinic, call (855) 448-2583 or log onto MPM Valve Clinic.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility that has built a national reputation for heart care. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for a consecutive 13 years. For three years, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded Morton Plant Hospital's heart surgery program its prestigious overall three-star rating, the highest designation given to hospitals by STS. Morton Plant is one of only approximately 13 percent of more than 1,000 hospitals with a cardiac surgery program to receive a three-star rating. 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 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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