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2005 Press Releases
Morton Plant Physician Honored for Advancements in Cancer Research

Dr. Peter Blumencranz Receives Distinguished Innovative Surgeons Award

CLEARWATER, Fla., (September 15, 2005)- Peter W. Blumencranz, M.D., Morton Plant surgical oncologist and medical director of Moffitt Morton Plant Cancer Care, has been selected by the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses of the Gulf Coast of Florida (AORN) to receive the 2005 Distinguished Innovative Surgeons Award. Dr. Blumencranz will be honored at a masquerade ball 6:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Harbourside located at 401 Second Street, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.

"This is a tremendous honor for Dr. Blumencranz and for Morton Plant Hospital," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer of Morton Plant Hospital. "Dr. Blumencranz is nationally renowned for his research and expertise in the field of cancer care and this award further exemplifies the respect and admiration of his colleagues."

"Dr. Blumencranz is being honored for his research in breast cancer and for advancements in lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy. This honor acknowledges his contributions and commitment to our community," said Janice Warren, AORN president and Morton Plant clinical nurse.

Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy are new techniques used in the surgical treatment of patients with melanoma (skin cancer) and breast cancer. A patient's lymph nodes are mapped and then tissue samples taken from the lymph nodes to determine if cancer has spread to that area of the body and what course of treatment may be needed.

AORN is a professional organization with a membership of more than 40,000 nurses in the United States and abroad and more than 150 nurses in Pinellas County. AORN's mission is to promote quality patient care by providing its members with education, standards, services and representation.

In addition to being honored by AORN, Dr. Blumencranz also was recently named to the Florida Cancer Council through an appointment by Senate President Tom Lee. The council serves as an advisory committee to Florida's governor and state legislature and is comprised of health care professionals who help guide cancer care policies in Florida.

"Morton Plant has had the privilege of providing the most advanced, innovative care in cancer prevention and treatment, and much of that is due to Dr. Blumencranz," noted Tim McMahon, director of cancer services for Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

Dr. Blumencranz is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and is one of only a few private practice surgeons in a community hospital setting who is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO).

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care. In 2001, Morton Plant joined forces with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000.

Contact: Amy Morrow, (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager