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2007 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Appoints New Vice President of Medical Affairs for Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (June 11, 2007) - Morton Plant Mease Health Care announces the appointment of Ira L. Siegman, M.D. as vice president of Medical Affairs for Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey. Dr. Siegman will serve as an important liaison between the hospital’s physicians, medical staff and administration.

“Dr. Siegman has an enormous amount of experience, both medical and non medical that he brings to this position. His leadership skills and dedication to quality health care are tremendous assets to our organization,” said John D. Couris, administrator and chief operating officer, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

Dr. Siegman is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon who has been a member of the Pasco County community for 12 years with medical privileges at Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point in Hudson. A leader in the Pasco medical community, Dr. Siegman is a key aspect to Morton Plant Mease’s continued focus on partnering with local physicians. “He has strong relationships within the community and he’s committed to building on those relationships to advance Morton Plant North Bay as a community-based, not-for-profit health care leader,” added Couris.

In addition to serving as a liaison for the hospital’s medical staff, Dr. Siegman’s role will include fostering quality improvements within the health care system and helping to implement new information technologies.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Siegman has undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. He served surgery and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, he was a clinical associate in cardiac surgery for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland and served a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegman is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Andrew G. Morrow Society and the H. William Scott, Jr. Society.

Prior to Dr. Siegman’s appointment, Dr. Donald A. Pocock and Dr. Bernard A. Macik, Jr. shared medical affairs responsibilities for Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. Dr. Macik remains the vice president of Medical Affairs for Mease Dunedin Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Pocock will continue in his position as the chief medical officer for Morton Plant Mease Health Care. Dr. Siegman will report to Dr. Pocock.

Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 122-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Morton Plant North Bay’s stroke care program has received the highest level of recognition - the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care are part of the first group of hospitals nationally to have earned re-certification of the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care from the Joint Commission. In 2003, the hospital was awarded Magnet Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Fla., (727) 842-8468.

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199, (727) 419-4471 or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager