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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Announces New Members for 2012 Board of Trustees

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (April 17, 2012)-- Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is pleased to announce four new members joining the 2012 Board of Trustees: Christos Pitarys, MD, Marsha Starkey, Pam Coulter and Michael Cox. Also, last year’s vice-chairperson of the board, Marc Bowman, will now serve as this year’s chairperson. 

Marc Bowman currently works as a sales associate for commercial real estate firm, The Krauss Organization. He has served the Pasco Hernando Community College Foundation as a trustee and director and is a past president and current member of the New Port Richey Rotary Club. 

Christos Pitarys, MD, cardiologist, received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, Residency at Case Western Reserve University, and Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Pasco County Medical Society, American College of Physicians and a Fellow of American College of Cardiology.  

Marsha Starkey is a long time Pasco county resident and local philanthropist. The Starkey Medical Tower at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is named after her family for their generous donation to support the hospital’s renovations and expansion to offer the significant advancements for medical care in West Pasco. The Starkey family is heavily involved in the community through ranching and conservation efforts and a portion of their land in Pasco County is devoted to a protected wildlife area known as the Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park. 

Pam Coulter holds a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Ball State University. In addition to working as a certified speech pathologist during most of her professional career, she is a licensed real estate broker. She has served on the Pasco County School Board from 1992 to 2004, boards of Youth and Family Alternatives and the Safety Town and Pasco Education Foundation.      

Michael Cox is a New Port Richey resident and currently holds the positions of associate vice president and assistant branch manager at Wells Fargo Advisors. He has held several elected positions including on the Board of County Commissioners from 2006 – 2010 and on the City Council from 1987-1993 as a councilmember and Mayor. He is actively involved with the Holiday Rotary Club, Friends of Animal Services and Chasco Fiesta Steering Committee.  

About Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 154-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Morton Plant North Bay is awarded Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Morton Plant North Bay has also received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, 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