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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Presents Health Seminars Focusing on the Heart

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (September 14, 2012) - Morton Plant North Bay Hospital invites the community to attend two health seminars focusing on cardiovascular health this month. The events will spotlight the importance of reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the latest advancements in treating heart valve disease.

On Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Noon, Morton Plant Hospital’s Valve Clinic’s team coordinator will discuss Innovations In Heart Valve Procedures. Attend to learn more about treating heart valve disease and a new innovation in heart valve procedures called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

TAVR is a breakthrough treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis who were previously considered inoperable. Aortic stenosis is a disease process that affects the aortic valve of the heart. In the later stages of the disease, the valve does not properly open and close, causes the heart to work harder to push blood through the calcified aortic valve, weakens the heart’s muscles and increases the patient’s risk for heart failure.

Morton Plant Mease cardiologist Rami Akel, MD, presents Improve Your Cardiovascular Health on Tuesday, September 25, at Noon, to discuss the latest diagnosis and treatments of cardiovascular diseases and how to help reduce your risk factors.

Both health seminars will be held in the Bekesh Education and Conference Center, 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, FL. To register for the seminars, visit or call: (727) 953-6877.

To learn more about your risk for heart disease, BayCare offers online health assessments at

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