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2013 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Invites Community to 17th Annual Melanoma Monday Event - Free Skin Cancer Screenings

CLEARWATER, FL, (April 5, 2013) – Morton Plant Mease physicians and other health care practitioners will participate in Melanoma Monday, a nationwide campaign to encourage early detection and raise awareness of skin cancers. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than one million cases diagnosed annually. Florida residents are particularly at risk due to year round exposure to UV rays.

This will be the 17th annual Morton Plant Mease Melanoma Monday event offering free skin cancer screenings to the community. The skin cancer screenings will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Morton Plant Hospital.

Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Rooms A&B

455 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Florida

Space is limited and registration is required. To make an appointment, call (727) 953-6877. Please wear loose fitting clothing to the screening. The examination is limited to exposed skin only.

Melanoma is the most life threatening form of skin cancer and fifth most common cancer for men and sixth most common for women. The American Cancer Society estimates about 120,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the U.S. every year and 9,000 people die from melanoma each year.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for a consecutive 13 years. Other hospital honors include: Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care, “Baby-Friendly” hospital status from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for its efforts to support mothers’ decision to breast feed and received Florida Hospitals Association’s Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla.  For more information about Morton Plant Hospital, call (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