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2013 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital President Hal Ziecheck to Retire in 2014
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (July 17, 2013) - Morton Plant North Bay Hospital today announced the retirement of its President, Hal Ziecheck effective January 3, 2014.

“Hal is one of those rare individuals who has the ability to connect with patients, families, team members, volunteers, physicians, board members and donors, alike,” said Glenn Waters, president of BayCare Health System’s Hospital Division. “He is able to place himself in their shoes and understand their perspective and concerns. His leadership and insight has been a true advantage as Morton Plant North Bay has continued its expansion.”

Ziecheck assumed leadership of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in July 2010. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer and administrator of Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater for 16 years. He has more than 40 years of experience in health care.

A search for a president of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital will be conducted. “We anticipate that we’ll be announcing a new president sometime in the fall,” said Waters. Ziecheck will remain at the hospital to assist in the transition process.

During Ziecheck’s tenure, Morton Plant North Bay has continued its expansion program that doubled the size of the campus by adding a new Cardiac Center and a new Surgery Department.

In Clearwater, Ziecheck guided Morton Plant Hospital in becoming a nationally recognized facility responsible for introducing countless innovations in patient care to its community, including heart and cancer care. He has also been responsible for leading the hospital through a master site plan process.

“I’ve had an amazing career, much of it with Morton Plant Mease and I feel very blessed and fortunate to have been able to be a part of our growth and development as we strive to serve our community” noted Ziecheck.

Ziecheck began his career with Morton Plant Hospital in 1979 as director of the respiratory therapy and perfusion technology department. He has held a variety of positions including vice president of operations, administrative director of cardiopulmonary services and director of special services.

He has a master’s degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne and a bachelor’s from Long Island University in New York. Ziecheck is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He came to Morton Plant from Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ziecheck is a fellow for the American College of Healthcare Executives and chairman of the ACHE's Article of the Year Awards Committee. He is also a member of the American Heart Association, a Morton Plant Mease Primary Care Board member, and a member of the advisory committee for the nursing program at Pinellas Technical Education Centers. He serves on the Board and Policy Committee for the Pasco County Economic Development Council (PEDC).

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 has received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison St., 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

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