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2012 Press Releases
Mease Dunedin Hospital Expands Surgical Center With New Operating Suites

DUNEDIN, Fla., (June 18, 2012)-- Mease Dunedin Hospital continues expansion plans during its 75th anniversary year to continue providing quality health care to the community. Mease Dunedin’s new surgical center features three integrated technology operating suites. Averaging approximately 600-square-feet, the new operating suites are more than double the size of previous operating rooms. 

Digital technology provides physicians the convenience of access to patient records and images on large viewable HD monitors, cameras within surgical lights to view surgical procedures, and allows for more specialized equipment for complex orthopedic, spine and other procedures.  

“We are so glad to have the opportunity for our hospital to expand over the last couple of years to better serve our community and offer a facility that focuses on patient-centered care,” said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer at Mease Dunedin Hospital. “We are celebrating 75 years of being part of the Dunedin community this year and our expansion is part of our commitment to continue to provide quality health care for years to come.”     

The latest renovations of the hospital’s surgical center also include a new pre-operative holding unit, a new operating room control desk and an anesthesia office and conference center. A fourth operating suite, endoscopy suite, new post-anesthesia care unit, an anesthesia room and new staff and physician lounge are scheduled to open by end of November.

The new surgical operating suites are part of a $19 million ongoing multi-phase expansion project that began in 2008, renovating 33,000 square feet of the hospital’s main building and adding 4,000 square feet of new construction. 

The architectural firm for the project is TRO Jung/Brannen. The contractor is Wehr Constructors, Inc.

About Mease Dunedin Hospital

Established in 1937, Mease Dunedin Hospital is a 143-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. The hospital is awarded Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Mease Dunedin was recognized as an industry leader in congestive heart care when it received the Premier Award for Quality from Premier Healthcare Informatics, a national alliance of not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems. Other recent designations include receiving the EPA’s ENERGY STAR award for superior energy efficiency and The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Spine Care and its Primary Stroke Center. For more information, contact (727) 953-6877.

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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