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2007 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Volunteers Host Cancer Survivors Camp

CLEARWATER, Fla., (September 13, 2007) - Cancer survivors describe it as an oasis of peace and tranquility – a place that gives new meaning to life and hope for the future. For the ninth year, Morton Plant Caring Partners, a volunteer organization for Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, is hosting Camp Living Springs. The three-day camp for cancer survivors 18 years or older will be held in Ellenton, Florida - Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2. Applications to participate in the camp are now being accepted until Sunday, September 30.

“All transportation, food and accommodations at Camp Living Springs are provided free of charge,” said Jack Bower, president of Morton Plant Caring Partners. “This is an opportunity for cancer survivors to relax, have fun, and enjoy the warmth of campfires and friendship.”

In years past, campers have come from all over the Tampa Bay area and beyond to take part in Camp Living Springs. Activities at the 100-acre, DaySpring Conference Center and retreat include canoeing, yoga, crafts, music and dancing. In addition, there will be a moving tribute to campers who have lost their fight with cancer. A wreath will be created in remembrance of former campers. Poignant stories of survival also will be shared.

“It is a time to remember campers from previous years that have passed on. More and more people are beating cancer, but we know that cancer still takes too many lives. The camaraderie that Camp Living Springs provides is unbelievable,” said Doris Dubinsky, breast cancer survivor.

Camp Living Springs is staffed by volunteers and is fully funded by Morton Plant Caring Partners. To request an application to attend camp or for more information about Camp Living Springs, please call Morton Plant Caring Partners at (727) 461-8010.

In 2001, Morton Plant Caring Partners Camp Living Springs was honored with the Daily Points of Light Award. Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, the Corporation for National Service and the Knights of Columbus, the award recognizes organizations demonstrating an innovative approach to volunteer service. Camp Living Springs was also awarded the 2001 Extraordinary Program Award from the American Society for Directors of Volunteer Services.

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. Since 1999 Morton Plant has been awarded 14 Top 100 Hospital designations in the areas of cardiovascular, stroke, orthopaedic and overall care by the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success. Morton Plant also has received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and has partnered with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. 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 Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 462-7000.

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 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager