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2013 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Announces New Members for 2013 Board of Trustees
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (April 10, 2013) - Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is pleased to announce three new members joining the 2013 Board of Trustees: Judy DeBella Thomas; Eddie Lees; and Greg Smith. Bill Woodard joined the Board of Trustees last year.

Judy DeBella Thomas is a marketing and enrollment liaison for a clinical research center, and an elected councilwoman for the city of New Port Richey since 2008. For 10 years, she served as the executive director of the Main Street program for New Port Richey. She and her husband have been active in downtown New Port Richey since the early 1990s when they were Allstate agents. She is a Gubernatorial Appointee for the Judicial Nominating Committee for the Sixth Circuit Court. She serves on the board of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas-Pasco, the West Pasco Pregnancy Center, and the Richey Suncoast Theatre. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Holiday and has been nominated several times for the Queen Chasco award.

Eddie Lees is owner and president of Lees Environmental Services, Inc., a New Port Richey company since 1997 that conducts environmental site assessments and remediation services on private commercial properties and assessment/cleanup of petroleum storage facilities that are registered with and included in the Florida funded cleanup programs. He has been a member for more than 40 years and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of New Port Richey, and served as its president during 1986-1987. He has served for many years on the board of directors for The Angelus, Inc., a home for severely disabled persons located in Hudson, Florida. He has been actively involved in many other civic organizations throughout the years.

Greg Smith has 20 years in digital imaging experience with health care radiology. He also develops mobile apps, including one to track food expiration dates and one used by the fire industry to track maintenance, expiration dates, and supplies of gear. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of New Port Richey, where he has been Rookie of the Year, a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotarian of the Year. He is involved in efforts to restore the Hacienda Hotel in downtown New Port Richey.

Bill Woodard is CEO of Alumi-Guard, a Brooksville company that manufactures aluminum fences and fence products, and distributes them nationwide. He has been in business in New Port Richey for 29 years, also operating a screen enclosure company. He is a graduate of Leadership Pasco 2003 and a member of Rotary Club of New Port Richey. He is a board member of Pasco-Hernando Workforce, the New Port Richey Chamber of Commerce, and the Pasco Sheriff’s Charities. He has served on several boards and been involved in the area for many years.

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